Five Alabama residents murdered with an ax and gun

Derrick Dearman, a 27 year old from Mississippi, was charged with six counts of capital murder and two counts of kidnapping on August 23rd. Dearman broke into an Alabama home before sunrise on Saturday morning, carrying an ax. The family living inside was housing Dearman’s estranged ex-girlfriend. He killed a total of five people, using the ax he brought with him and guns he found inside. He later confessed to the murders, professing his love for his ex-girlfriend, Laneta Lester, and revealing that he was on methamphetamine at the time of the slayings.

After the massacre, he kidnapped his estranged ex-girlfriend and a child of two of the victims. He claims he did not kill them because the drugs had worn off and he “realized what was really going on”. He was charged with six counts of murder rather than five to account for the unborn child of one of his victims, who was pregnant.


Charlie Passarelli, Jr., who said he provided a house for Lester and Dearman earlier this year, said Dearman was frequently high on methamphetamine and physically abused Lester.

Dearman says he does not recall most of the events from the incident, but feels he deserves to die.

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