Dearman a career criminal wanted for burglary in south Alabama, murdered almost all adults living in the home, including a pregnant woman, in neighboring Alabama
One of the residents of a home in home in Citronelle, Alabama, rang 911 shortly after midnight, Fridy, to report that Derrick Dearman was trespassing on the property but he fled before police arrived. He returned to the home later that night to kill them while they slept with ‘multiple instruments’ including one gun.
Dearman, a 27-year-old Mississippi resident murdered five people who lined in the home while they slept, before kidnapping his estranged girlfriend and a three-month-old baby. His girlfriend laneta Lester came to the home on Friday to stay with her sister and escape their ‘abusive relationship’.
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Police on Sunday identified Laneta Lester, 24, as the only adult survivor of the massacre near Mobile. Lester escaped with the 3-month-old child of one victim, police said.
Dearman, broke into the house in Citronelle, Alabama, where his girlfriend was staying to escape their ‘abusive relationship’ and killed what is believed to be her extended family.
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He then kidnapped his girlfriend, Laneta Lester, and one of the victims’ babies before driving to his father’s house where he released Laneta and the child before turning himself in to the Greene County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities have not disclosed how the victims were killed, but said that at least one gun was used.
Neighbors say that a brother and sister and their two families, including children, lived in the home.
The crime scene: Secluded home where 5 members of one family were murdered by the ex of the sole adult survivor
A woman first reported the crime by walking into the Citronelle police station to report a body at the property on Saturday afternoon. The crime scene was too gruesome even for veteran officers who were horrified at the bloody scene when they arrived at the blood-stained home located a few hundred yards into the woods.
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The Mobile County district attorney Ashley Rich added: ‘I’ve never seen a scene where there were 5 people that were brutally and viciously murdered, and that’s what we have here.’
Meanwhile Crystal Leann Dearman , believed to be Dearman’s ex-wife later took to Facebook to let her friends and family know she was safe: ‘According to a news report earlier this afternoon my ex husband is in custody for the murder of five people in Citronelle. ‘I am writing this post to let everyone that me and my children were not involved and prayers for those involved whoever they are and their friends and family are in order.’
Lone survivor: Laneta Lester, her bid to escape an abusive relationship cost five members of her family their lives. The killer still abducted her and the baby before turning himself in.
22-year-old Chelsea Marie Reed who was five months pregnant and Justin Kaleb Reed, 23, all lost their lives in the bloodbath
Deputies investigate the murder scene where five people, including a pregnant woman, were found dead on Saturday in Citronelle, Alabama
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Mobile County sheriff confirmed Dearman has a criminal record and was wanted for a burglary in south Alabama.He has been arrested for the crime, which the FBI is investigating due to its horrific nature of the crime.
He faces six counts of murder for killing Shannon Melissa Randall, 35, Joseph Adam Turner, 26, Robert Lee Brown, 26, Justin Kaleb Reed, 23, and Chelsea Marie Reed, 22, who was five months pregnant. A four-month-old baby was found alive in the secluded house