CITRONELLE, Alabama - A man was arrested in the “vicious” murders of at least five people in Alabama on Saturday, authorities said.
Derrick Dearman was arrested in Mississippi and charged with six counts of capital murder of the five bodies that were found at a Citronelle, Alabama home, including the unborn baby of a pregnant woman.
Capt. Paul Burch of the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office said that Dearman turned himself in to authorities in Mississippi and confessed to the murders. Burch said that Dearman had an extensive criminal history and had an outstanding warrant for burglary, according to WALA-TV.
According to AL.com, Burch said that authorities are still working to identify the bodies and that a four-month old baby was rescued from the home unharmed in the attack. It’s believed that Dearman knew the victims.
"Given the way the scene looks, we're going to be here a couple of days," Burch told reporters. "It's obviously a horrific scene."
Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich said it was the worst crime she’s seen in her 20 years as a prosecutor. She said that five people were “brutally and viciously murdered.”