A man from Alabama is accused of killing five people in their home. He carried an ax and a gun which he used to kill his five victims. He attacked one of the sleeping victims with an ax. He then used guns taken from the house to shoot them – according to the sheriff.
Derrick Dearman went into the house in Citronelle on Saturday, during the night. The family was sleeping. The suspect knew the house well enough. He went inside in a drug-caused rage. He started killing the inhabitants of the house one by one. He was stronger and awake so those people had no chance of protecting themselves.
Dearman used an ax and a gun to kill all five adults – according to the police. Dearman was sent to jail in shackles. He said he loved his ex-girlfriend. However, he killed her family and friends in the massacre. Dearman said that he had taken drugs before committing the attack.
He went on to say he was high on methamphetamine when he went to the house using a dirt road. He also said that the drugs were giving him hallucinations and that he felt guilty for what he had done.
After the killings, Dearman kidnapped his former girlfriend Laneta Lester, who was the daughter of two of the victims. In the meantime, he came to his senses and realized what had been going on.
He spared Laneta Lester’s life and turned himself in, as he knew it was the correct course of action. In his comments on the tragedy, Dearman said he loved Lester and apologized to her family and friends. He also added a grim warning – “Don’t do drugs.”
A man who gave Dearman and Lester a home earlier this year stated that Dearman often took methamphetamine and abused Lester in the woods. He would take her to the forest and beat her badly.
A pregnant woman and her child were among the victims. One teenager who was related to the victims said that they were really good neighbors, always ready to help.
Dearman’s motivation might have been that Lester’s family was keeping her away from him. He could not accept being dumped so he killed her family.
Dearman said he feels he deserves to die. In Alabama, the death penalty is a current practice.
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