DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden in a press conference Monday announced that an arrest had been made in the case of 11-year-old Amberly Alexis Barnett’s death.

Welden said Christopher Wayne Madison, 33, has been arrested and charged with capital murder.

“Her body was found in a wooded area approximately 200 yards behind the defendant’s home,” Welden said. “I can tell you the preliminary results of 11-year-old Amberly Alexis Barnett indicate her death was due to strangulation.”

Welden said due to the ongoing investigation, and in order not to jeopardized the investigation, neither he or his staff are at liberty to disclose any additional information concerning the case.

“The road to justice for this sweet, innocent little girl is too important to release anything to jeopardize this investigation,” he said. “I would like to thank our staff and all other departments that assisted on this case. This was a true joint effort, a team effort between multiple agencies who all worked tirelessly to help us get to this point.”

Welden reiterated what he said in Saturday’s initial press conference.

“I said my heart was shattered a few days ago; my heart is still shattered,” he said. “I am proud of our staff and the way they pulled together and the way they worked.”

Welden said he and his office will continue seeking justice.

“I know people demand answers,” he said. “I took this job to be professional and to do my job to the best of my ability. Our main focus is justice for a sweet angel who gained her wings, and that’s where I stand firmly at through justice.”

Madison is being held at the DeKalb County Jail without bond.

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