Matthew Clate McDaniel, who played a bit role on one season of the short-lived History reality show Bamazon, has been arrested for murder in Alabama. He’s charged with killing 40-year-old Norman Deon Crayton, whose bullet-riddled body was found Sunday in the woods south of Dadeville.
“The initial investigation revealed the victim has sustained gunshot wounds that caused his death,” said Tallapoosa County Sheriff Jimmy Abbett. “Further investigation has led to the arrest of Matthew Clate McDaniel, age 33, of Dadeville. McDaniel has been charged with murder and remains in the Tallapoosa County Jail with bail set at $250,000.”
The sheriff declined to comment on press reports that the two men had last been seen together playing pool at a local bar. “That’s media speculation,” he told Deadline, saying only that “our investigation pointed to him as a suspect.”
Debuting in 2012, Bamazon was a show about eight unemployed Alabama construction workers who ventured into the Amazon jungle to mine for gold. McDaniel, who was listed on the show’s website as a “second-string heavy equipment operator,” was fired halfway through the first season. He has no other TV credits.