Details emerge in murder of Russell Co. woman

50-year-old Clyde Friend
50-year-old Clyde Friend

By Lindsey Connell - bio | e-mail

RUSSELL COUNTY, AL (WTVM) -  Hands cuffed and feet shackled, 50-year-old Clyde Friend made his way into the Russell County Courthouse Wednesday.

The Columbus mechanic faces kidnapping and capital murder charges in the death of Tiffany Folmar.

Back in September, Investigators with the Russell County Sheriff's Department say Friend 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 Highway165.

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

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

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

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

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.

Folmar's relatives say the past few months have been torture for them.

"It's hard. Everytime I hear that train whistle blow, I get shivers because her body was found there by the railroad tracks," said her grandmother, Willene Holmes.

The judge has found sufficient probable cause in the case and has bound it over to a Russell County Grand Jury.

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