Suspect charged in drive-by shooting that killed man while he was cooking in his kitchen

A suspect was arrested Monday in connection with the shooting death of a Jefferson County man who was shot while he was cooking in his kitchen.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Brandon Thomas

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Brandon Thomas

Dalen Eliase Gaines, a 23-year-old Sipsey man, was taken into custody in Walker County. He is charged with capital murder in the Aug. 26 slaying of Brandon Thomas.

The shooting happened at 12:08 a.m. that Wednesday in the 6500 block of Snowville-Brent Road in Dora. Jefferson County sheriff’s Sgt. Joni Money said multiple shots were fired while Thomas was cooking. A vehicle then sped away from the scene.

Anthony Thomas posing for the camera: Dalen Gaines

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Dalen Gaines

Thomas woke up other family members in the home and told them he’d been shot. He was then taken to Walker Baptist Medical Center in Jasper where he was pronounced dead at 1:22 a.m.

Money said sheriff’s investigators obtained the warrant against Gaines on Sept. 4. The suspect and the victim knew each other and hung out with the same group of friends. A motive has not been disclosed.

On Monday, the Walker County Sheriff’s Office received a tip from a citizen that Gaines was at a location in west Jasper. Deputies and Jasper police took him into custody without incident.


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