Sheriff: Man Used Ax, then Guns in South Alabama Massacre

An Alabama sheriff says the suspect in the slaughter of five adults was armed with an ax as he attacked them in their sleep, using the weapon to strike one of his first victims in a reclining chair and then moving through the house to assault the others.

Mobile County Sheriff Sam Cochran says Derrick Dearman overpowered the victims in the ax attacks, and then used guns from inside the house to shoot them.

Court records state that an ax and gun were used to kill each victim in Saturday’s rampage in the south Alabama town of Citronelle.

Dearman, of Leakesville, Mississippi, is charged with six counts of capital murder and two counts of kidnapping.

Authorities say Dearman abducted his estranged girlfriend and an infant from the home after the killings. Both were found alive.

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