A horrific Alabama mass murder took place on August 20 in which five people were killed.
On Twitter, the victims were identified by the Mobile County Sheriff’s Department. The victims were Shannon Melissa Randall, 35; Joseph Adam Turner, 26; Justin Kaleb Reed, 23; Robert Lee Brown, 26; and Chelsea Marie Reed, 22, five months pregnant.
According to ABC, the investigator from the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office called it a”gruesome” crime. Ashley Rich, Mobile County District attorney, described the Alabama mass murder as a “horrible scene” that took place in Citronelle on Saturday night.
Derrick Dearman, 27, from Mississippi, was arrested in connection with the mass murder. It had been reported that Dearman came to the Sheriff’s office with his father to turn himself in. Several sources confirmed that earlier, the victims called police, alleging that Dearman was trespassing on their property. However, authorities stated they did not come across anything out of the ordinary at that time.
Later in the afternoon, law enforcement discovered five victims in a house located a few hundred yards inside the woods off Jim Platt Road in Citronelle. Among the five victims was a woman five months pregnant.
Captain Paul Burch of the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office stated that all five victims were adults. Burch said they got a witness and an infant in their care. The witness is a woman who was kidnapped by Dearman and later released, Burch stated.
According to The Daily Beast, the five victims were related by blood or marriage. The owners of the house were victims Turner and Randall. It was reported that Brown was Randall’s brother, while the Reeds were Randall’s niece and her nephew by marriage.
Law enforcement authorities confirmed that several methods were used in the Alabama mass murder, which included a firearm. Police also believe that Dearman knew at least one of the victims.