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Accused murderer indicted in Alabama

July 25, 2014--7:42 a.m.

WEIS Radio reports

The man accused of murdering a woman and then leaving her body on the campus of Gadsden State Community College in Cherokee County, Alabama has now been indicted.

A Cherokee County Grand Jury returned the indictment against Vinnie Leroy Keaton on charges of Murder, Robbery and Promoting Prison Contraband.

Keaton was arrested in Cookeville, Tennessee on November 30th of 2012 on a charge of Theft of Property 1st Degree; he was transported back to Cherokee County – where he was considered a suspect in the death of Melissa Leeann Hudgins, whose body was found inside the arena of the college two days before.

Hudgins was a resident of Cedar Bluff, who worked with Keaton at the facility through an Anniston-based contractor.

Keaton’s ID card was found in Hudgins’ car, where it had been abandoned in Dunlap, Tennessee – the Grand Am also contained Hudgins credit cards and cell phone.

Keaton couldn’t be found at the time; however, he later surrendered to Cookeville Police.

He was formally charged with Hudgins murder on December 3rd, 2012.

Keaton is currently lodged in the Cherokee County Detention Center on a bond of $285,000.