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Murder case details revealed

Clyde Howard Friend — the Columbus man accused of kidnapping and killing a Fort Mitchell woman in September — tied her hands and said he would kill her in front of a witness, a motion dated Thursday by Russell County prosecutors states.

Friend, 51, remains in the Russell County Jail on a charge of capital murder in the kidnapping of Tiffany Joyce Folmar, 30. He appeared Wednesday in Russell County District Court for a preliminary hearing. The following day, prosecutors filed a motion for taking a videotaped deposition of a man currently in the hospital.

“(He) is a necessary and indispensable witness in that the defendant and Folmar were at (his) home the night of the murder,” the motion states. “(He) saw the defendant choking the victim and binding her hands with a belt, heard the defendant state he was going to kill the victim and received a call from the defendant later that night stating, ‘She is six feet under.’”

Authorities have alleged that Friend picked up Folmar on Ala. 165 in mid September as she was walking. They drove around in his pickup truck for some time before they stopped at a friend’s mobile home in Fort Mitchell.

She stayed with Friend for several hours, at one point having an argument before Friend killed her, Sheriff Tommy Boswell has said.

Friend allegedly drove the body to Gilmore Road — about three miles from the mobile home — and dumped it some 40 feet off the railroad tracks, Boswell said.

Folmar was reported missing Sept. 15. Her body was found Sept. 18, and Friend was arrested about six hours later.

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