A Cherokee County man who allegedly killed a Dogtown man in a dispute over chickens, has had a murder indictment returned against him by a Dekalb County Grand Jury.

The indictment was served Thursday at the Dekalb County Jail where 62 year old Wayne Thomas McMinn has been since the murder charge was filed on July 27th.

Bond was set at $250,000 for McMinn on July 28th during a preliminary hearing in which he testified that he had acted in self-defense in the shooting death of 52 year old Rickey R. McCallie.

According to Sheriff Jimmy Harris his department received a call at approximately 8:00pm on July 27th, reporting a body outside McCallie`s home on County Road 188 in Dogtown; Investigators went to the home and discovered McCallie`s body.

Sheriff Harris said that it appeared an on-going dispute between the two men over the theft of some chickens had escalated, with McMinn allegedly shooting and killing McCallie.

Investigators went to McMinn`s home and he agreed to accompany law enforcement back to the Sheriff`s Department in Ft Payne where following an interview he confessed to killing McCallie and was charged with Murder.

McMinn has a prior record and is a registered sex offender, having most recently registered as a sex offender in Cherokee County since he was living here however his conviction stems from the a sodomy charge brought in Dekalb County in 2004.

Records show McMinn`s victim was a child under the age of 16.

Sheriff Harris stated that the Cherokee County Sheriff`s Department, State ABC agents & Cherokee County Drug Agents assisted in the investigation.