‘Distraught’ Marshall County murderer Daniel Miner caught in Morgan County

After almost five days on the run, convicted Marshall County murdered Daniel Miner is back behind bars.

He was recaptured Thursday evening in a home on Pitts Road in Falkville in Morgan County.

Daniel Miner

The Alabama Department of Corrections reported Miner as escaped from the Childersburg Work Release Center in Talladega County about 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Miner was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole on a murder charge for his role in the shooting death of Edward Lee Williams during a 1993 robbery in Marshall County.

About 2:30 p.m. Thursday, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office said deputies began assisting U.S. Marshals in an investigation of the Pitts Road residence.

They determined Miner was inside and got a search warrant. An Alabama Law Enforcement Agency helicopter flew in the keep an eye on the home from the air.

A person, whose identity has not been released by law enforcement, eventually exited the house and surrendered to authorities.

Miner then told authorities he was alone inside, was not going to come out, and had an explosive device, according to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office.

The Madison County Bomb Squad was called in after those threats were made.

Law enforcement, via loud speaker, repeatedly asked Miner to leave the house.

He would not cooperate, so they used a different tactic.

They shot tear gas into the house, making it difficult for Miner to breathe and see.

It was more than the escaped murderer could bear.

"After trying to communicate for several hours, we were able to make entry by popping tear gas,” said Mike Swafford, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office spokesman. “At that point after several rounds, the individual did come out and is taken into custody."

Miner was taken into custody, decontaminated and transported by deputies to the Morgan County Jail.

Investigators described Miner as “distraught” when he was taken into custody.

He will eventually be turned over to the Alabama Department of Corrections.

With him back in custody, investigators now will try to piece together how he escaped from the Department of Corrections’ watch to end up 116 miles away.

The convicted murderer was being held at a work release facility, but he never had a job assignment because he wasn’t eligible for one.

"Investigators will continue to see what brought him to this residence and any acts that took place prior to this as well as anything that happened (Thursday),” Swafford said.

“We would assume additional charges would come from that in addition to the escape charges and life sentences he was already facing."

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