Former Reality- TV Star Charged With Murder

History Channel star accused of shooting co-worker in Alabama
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2016 11:01 AM CST
Former Reality TV Star Charged With Murder
Matthew Clate McDaniel, 33.   (Tallapoosa County Sheriff's Department)

A former reality-TV star who hoped to strike gold in South America has now been charged with murder. Authorities say hunters found the body of a 40-year-old man, Norman Deon Crayton, in a wooded area south of Dadeville, Ala., early Sunday, per the New York Daily News. Witnesses tell the Alex City Outlook that Crayton, who died of multiple gunshot wounds, was seen hours earlier at a local club playing pool with Matthew Clate McDaniel, who appeared in the short-lived History Channel series Bamazon.

A sheriff says it's too early to speculate about a motive but the two men knew each other. They reportedly worked together at the excavation company McDaniel founded after leaving the 2012 show mid-season, reports WTVM. Bamazon followed eight out-of-work construction workers from Alabama trying their hand at gold mining in Guyana. McDaniel's show bio described him as "a brilliant excavator operator," as well as "a yoga-practicing nature lover and a California hippie." He's currently in custody with bond set at $250,000. (These 27 celebrities have been charged with murder.)

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