Suspect in January murder again sought by authorities
by Rachel Davis & Elane Jones
Jul 02, 2014 | 10340 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Johnny L. Cordell
Johnny L. Cordell
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A Walker County man being held on murder charges is being sought by local authorities after he broke the conditions of his bond.

Johnny L. Cordell, 46, of Dora, had been in jail on murder charges related to the January shooting of Sherman Willis in his Jasper home. Cordell was taken into custody at his residence in Dora a day after the shooting.

Cordell was held in the Walker County Jail from January until his release on bond in early June. Cordell was ordered to remain on house arrest and to wear an ankle monitor so authorities could ensure he was obeying the conditions of his bond.

Sometime over the weekend, Cordell apparently cut the ankle monitor off and disappeared.

Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair said his office opposed Cordell’s release on the ankle monitor and has gotten the judge to revoke Cordell’s bail and issue a warrant for his arrest.

The Jasper Police Department and the Walker County Sheriff’s Office are currently looking for Cordell, with the help of the United States Marshall Service.

"I didn't want Mr. Cordell to be let out on bond wearing an ankle bracelet, but that's not my decision to make,” said Sgt. Ralph Williams, a criminal investigator for the sheriff’s office. “Unless he's headed to North Korea, we will eventually find him. He has the better option of turning himself in to the jail."

Anyone with information on Cordell’s whereabouts should call 911, their local law enforcement, Jasper police at (205) 221-2121 or the Walker County Sheriff’s Office at (205) 302-6464.

Cordell is considered potentially dangerous.