BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A Mississippi man charged with using a hatchet and the rifle to kill five people in rural Alabama has pleaded guilty to capital murder, court records show.
A judge accepted the resources Derrick Dearman made after the Lucedale, Mississippi, the man signed a document last week said that he wanted to admit his guilt in the murders, which occurred two years ago in the vicinity of Citronelle.
The city is located in southwestern Alabama, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) from Mobile.
A trial still must be held on the basis of legislation of a member state since the 29-year-old man pleaded guilty to the capital costs of a possible death penalty or life without parole.
Dearman was accused of killing five people in a house where his estranged girlfriend was staying. Dearman has told reporters he was high on methamphetamine at the time.
“The Drugs are (were) so I think that the things that are not really there,” Dearman told news outlets after his arrest.
Records show Dearman, who as his own lawyer, said that he wanted to confess in the slaughter of Robert Lee Brown, 26; Chelsea Marie Reed, 22; Justin Caleb Reed, 23; Joseph Adam Turner, 26; and Shannon Melissa Randall, 35.
Chelsea Reed was about five months pregnant when she was killed; Justin Reed was her husband. Turner and Randall were married.
Turner was the brother of Dearman’s estranged girlfriend Laneta Lester, who authorities said had resorted to an excessive Dearman in the secluded house, where the five were killed.
Dearman was originally charged with the kidnap of Lester and child out of the house after the murder, but records show discharged officers of justice charges if he agreed to plead guilty to the more serious allegations.
A motion made by Dearman’s former attorney shows that a mental examination found Dearman is competent to plead guilty, but incompetent to stand trial or the taking of decisions on the possible death penalty because he was suicidal and had mental health problems.