A 53-year old terminally ill man just admitted to a murder that he committed back in 1995.
This past Wednesday, John Dwight Whited, a resident of Trinity, Alabama, called local authorities and confessed to the murder he committed 25 years ago. When Detective Sean Mukaddam picked up the other line, Whited said, “I want to confess to a murder that I did years ago.” However, when Whited couldn’t seem to remember the name of the man he murdered or the date of the event, authorities became skeptical of whether he actually committed a murder. But after Whited brought officers to the exact location of the killing and reenacted the whole event, police found that Whited’s account of the event matched with evidence collected from the scene. They were then able to use a chart of every homicide in Decatur going back to the 1980s to connect John Dwight Whited to the April 26, 1995 killing of Christopher Alvin Dailey.
The motive for the killing is unknown. Christopher Alvin Dailey was 26 when he was fatally shot in the head and his vehicle was found submerged in the Tennessee River.
The Times spoke to Detective Mukaddam who said that he’s never had a call quite like this. “I’ve never had a situation where I just pick up the phone and have a call like that,” Mukaddam said. “Nothing where the suspect calls me out of the blue and wants to confess.” Detective Mukaddam was sure that Whited was remorseful. “He was embarrassed about certain things. He wanted to get it off his chest,” said Detective Mukaddam.
Whited was charged with murder and is being held for a $15,000 bond at the Morgan County Jail in Decatur, Alabama.