Pregnant woman among 5 dead in southern Alabama home

(Courtesy: WKRG)

CITRONELLE, AL (WKRG) — The Mobile County Sheriff’s Office has released the names of the five victims killed in a “gruesome” and “vicious” murder Saturday at a home in Citronelle, Alabama. It’s being called one of the worst mass killings in Alabama history.

  • Robert Lee Brown, 26-years-old
  • Chelsea Marie Reed (5 months pregnant), 22-years-old
  • Justin Kaleb Reed, 23-years-old
  • Joseph Adam Turner, 27-years-old
  • Shannon Melissa Randall, 35-years-old

Authorities say the suspect, 27-year-old Derrick Dearman, turned himself in to the Green County Sheriff’s Office and is cooperating with investigators. Dearman, who is said to have let his girlfriend and an infant survive, is in the process of being extradited from Mississippi to Alabama.

After examining the crime scene, Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich said it was the most disturbing murder scene she’s ever seen.

“[In my] 20-year career as a prosecutor, I’ve never seen a scene where there were five people that were brutally and viciously murdered,” Rich said. “That’s what we have here.”

Dearman is believed to have used multiple weapons to commit the savage murders at the home Saturday morning. Dearman’s girlfriend, 24-year-old Laneta Lester, was staying at the home to avoid Dearman, who said to be abusing her.

Around 1:00 a.m., police were called to the home to report Dearman trespassing on their property; however, he left before officers arrived to the location.

Shortly after, Dearman returned to the property, gained access to the home, and attacked the five victims while they were sleeping. Several weapons were used and multiple firearms were later recovered at the crime scene.

Lester and a 3-month-old infant were the only ones spared. The parents of the infant were not identified.

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