Local mechanic to be tried in stabbing death

Source: Russell Co. Sheriff's Office
Source: Russell Co. Sheriff's Office

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RUSSELL COUNTY, AL (WTVM) -  Fifty-year-old Clyde Friend was indicted in Circuit Court Friday morning in the kidnapping and stabbing death of 30-year-old Tiffany Folmar.

Folmar's family found her body along railroad tracks in Fort Mitchell last year.

Friend entered a plea of "not guilty" even though investigators say he previously admitted to the crime.

Back in September of 2008, investigators with the Russell County Sheriff's Department say Friend, a Columbus mechanic, was driving along Highway 165 in Fort Mitchell Alabama when he saw Folmar walking on the side of the road.

He stopped, offered her a ride and she got in.

After driving around for a while, police say the two ended up at a trailer on Gilmore Road, not far off Highway 165.

After having a few drinks and engaging in sexual activity, Friend told police he and Folmar got into a fight when he said it was time to leave.

He said he tied her hands with a belt, got her into his car, and started driving towards the railroad tracks.

In the car, he said Folmar got a hand free, grabbed a knife from her purse and started attacking him.

He stopped on the tracks and pushed her out of his car. Then, during a tussle there, he said stabbed her in the chest with the knife, leaving her body there.

Police say he called a friend from a pay phone afterwards and said: "We don't have to worry about her anymore. She's 6 feet under."

Two days later her, body was found by family members who were out searching for her.

Circuit Court Judge Albert Johnson says he will set a tentative date for Friend's trial -- a process that normally takes several months in capital cases.

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