Piedmont man faces arraignment in murder case
by Eddie Burkhalter
eburkhalter@annistonstar.com
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Jimmy Ray Steed
Jimmy Ray Steed
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A Piedmont man is set for an arraignment Thursday on a murder charge in connection with the death of a 28-year-old Piedmont woman who went missing in 2009.

Jimmy Ray Steed, 52, was indicted by a Calhoun County grand jury in August in connection with the death of Carla Cook Fuqua, who went missing from her Piedmont home on Oct. 29, 2009. According to the grand jury indictment, Steed reportedly killed Fuqua on or about the day she went missing by striking her with a bat or bat-like-object.

Investigators from the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office and Cold Case Unit discovered Fuqua’s skeletal remains Dec. 4, 2012 in woods a short drive from both Steed’s and Fuqua’s homes on Alabama 21.

Steed has been in the Calhoun County Jail since Aug. 2, after being charged with 14 counts of unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Steed’s arraignment is set for 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Calhoun County Courthouse.

Staff writer Eddie Burkhalter: 256-235-3563. On Twitter @Burkhalter_Star.

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