Grand Jury levies new charges

Published 12:03 am Saturday, February 16, 2013

A Covington County grand jury has levied new charges against suspects in two local high profile cases.

Jail records show that Shelton L. Foster, who was charged with capital murder in the shooting death of 48-year-old Donnie L. Bone in September, and Christopher Lee Steadman, who was arrested after allegedly breaking in and attempting to rape an elderly Andalusia woman, are each facing multiple counts in their cases after jurors met

this week..

Foster is now charged with three counts of capital murder, theft of property, bribery, attempted tampering with physical evidence, and robbery. Testimony at Foster’s  preliminary hearing earlier this week – a separate proceeding from the grand jury session – declared that Foster shot Bone at the base of the neck while the two were inside a truck in a field off Old Drag Strip Road and Airport Road. Foster then drove Bone’s truck from the crime scene to his business, located 3.8 miles from where the shooting took place.

The case’s lead investigator also testified that Foster is believed to have taken $800 in cash from Bone’s pocket; to have hidden the murder weapon and then, concocted and executed a plan for his county jail cell mate to not only provide him an alibi, but also to dispose of the weapon, in exchange for the inmate’s bail money. The inmate revealed the plan to police, who were able to recover the weapon.

(To read the details from Foster’s preliminary hearing, visit .

Foster remains in the Covington County Jail without bond.

Steadman, 22, was arrested in December after Andalusia Police Department officers were called a burglary and possible sexual assault at the Lark Street home. Records show that Steadman allegedly broke into the woman’s residence while she was sleeping; however, she awoke when he attempted to sexually assault her. Records show that the woman fought off her attacker and inflected such injuries it allegedly made Steadman identifiable as the suspect. Lee was located at a home on Pear Tree Lane.

Police said Steadman, who had visible scratches and contusions on his head, neck and face, confessed.

Steadman was first charged with charged with burglary I, attempted rape I and sexual abuse I. He is now facing an additional charge of attempted sodomy I. He is currently being held in the county jail under a $135,000 bond.