A Birmingham man convicted of a 1994 murder that was discovered in St. Clair
County received his execution date from the Alabama Supreme Court on Thursday.
The court ordered that Carey Dale Grayson, now 37 years old, be executed by
lethal injection on April 12 at Holman Prison in Atmore. Grayson is on death
row for the Feb. 21, 1994, kidnapping and murder of Vicki Lynn Deblieux.
Grayson was 1 of 4 men charged with torturing and killing Deblieux and throwing
her body off Bald Rock Mountain, between Odenville and Pell City.
St. Clair County chief investigator Joe Sweatt said he remembers the case as
“one of the most horrific murders” to ever occur in the area.
“It’s one I’ll always remember,” Sweatt said. “She was hitchhiking on I-59 back
to Louisiana, back to her mother’s house.
“The murder actually happened in Jefferson County, and they dumped her body in
St. Clair County. They actually mutilated the body … trying to make it hard to
Sweatt said he recalled that all four of the men involved were teenagers, and
all were from the Birmingham area. Grayson, the oldest, was 19 at the time.
“The truck they hauled her body in, they went to Pell City to the car wash
across from the high school and pressure washed the back of the truck and threw
some of her belongings in the woods back there,” Sweatt said. “We signed
petitions on them here in St. Clair, but we actually had to transfer them in
Jefferson County. We had to certify them as adults and went through four
According to Sweatt, the three others involved in the crime were initially
sentenced to death, but received life in prison without the possibility of
(source: St. Clair Times)