Selma man pleads guilty to Craigslist murder

Selma man pleads guilty to Craigslist murder

SELMA, AL (WSFA) - A Dallas County man will spend 25 years in prison after luring another man to the area online and killing and robbing him.

Carl Brown, 24, of Selma, pleaded guilty to murder in Dallas County Circuit Court on Monday in connection with the deadly January 2012 shooting. His trial was set to start this week but he accepted a plea deal in the case.

District Attorney Michael Jackson says the two men met on Craiglist and the victim, 47-year-old Julius Burnett, of Clanton, came to Dallas County to meet up with Brown.

According to investigators with the Dallas County Sheriff's Office, Brown and the victim drove around when they linked up, and Brown took him to an abandoned house by the racetrack on County Road 74.

Burnett was shot at least twice. His body was found on the side of the road.

Jackson says Brown also robbed Burnett, taking his car and credit cards, and then went around using the credit cards.

Burnett, who worked as a paralegal at a law firm in Birmingham, according to Jackson, was reported missing when he didn't show up for work.

Authorities were able to piece the case together, leading them to the online interactions between the victim and suspect.

"We are doing everything we can to crack down on this kind of violence towards those in the gay community," Jackson said.

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