Former History Channel show star convicted in AL murder case

Former History Channel show star convicted in AL murder case
Matthew Clate McDaniel (Source: Tallapoosa Co. Sheriff's Office)

TALLAPOOSA COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - A former reality TV star who was charged with murder in Tallapoosa County has been convicted, according to the Tallapoosa County district attorney's office.

DA Jeremy Duerr says a conviction against Matthew Clate McDaniel took just 55 minutes of deliberation by a jury, which returned with its verdict Friday.

McDaniel had been on trial since Monday for the alleged murder of Norman Dean Crayton. Hunters found Crayton's body in a wooded area south of Dadeville back in January 2016. He'd been shot several times.

It was reported that the two knew each other, but a motive for the shooting was unclear.

Prior to his arrest, McDaniel was an entrepreneur in the Lake Martin area.

McDaniel was a featured member of the cast on "Bamazon" during its 2012 season on the History Channel cable network. The Lake Martin native went by Clate McDaniel on the show, which featured eight out-of-work Alabama construction workers who embarked on a six-week expedition to South America in search of lost gold in the Amazon.

The show called McDaniel, "a brilliant excavator operator, and a jack-of-all trades, but he's also a yoga-practicing, nature-lover–"a California hippie," but added he had "eccentricities " that "rub the other guys the wrong way, but they tolerate him because he's so good at what he does."

A promotional video from the network's show can still be seen on YouTube.

Duerr said McDaniel will be sentenced June 28.

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