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Randy Darryl Shumake
Courtesy of Alexander County P2C website

Life Sentence Imposed In Alexander County Murder Case

An Alexander County man received a sentence of life in prison in a murder case.

In Alexander County Superior Court on Monday (November 27), 57-year-old Randy Darryl Shumake of Taylorsville pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the death of 77-year-old Jerry Vinson Hayes of Taylorsville in 2018. Alexander County Deputies found the body of Hayes after he had been beaten and shot according to previous reports.

Jerry Vinson Hayes
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Hayes’ body was found in a wooded area off Robinette Road in the Little River Community on August 9, 2018. Shumake was charged with the murder the next day by the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators were able to track Shumake’s movements around the time of the murder from a tracking device he was required to wear after serving a lengthy sentence for a second-degree rape conviction. That conviction occurred in 2004 in Alexander County.

As WHKY previously reported, in August of 2023, Shumake and his son, 35-year-old Cody Lynn Shumake of Taylorsville, were charged with 18 counts of felony statutory sexual offense with a 15-year-old or younger. Those charges date back to 2018. Cody Shumake remained in jail under one-million dollars bond. Randy Shumake had been held in the Alexander County Detention Center since his arrest and he remained in that facility as of earlier today (November 28).

[Story courtesy of Rick Gilbert, WACB]