Suspect accused of killing 5 says drugs made him a 'monster'

Suspect Accused of Killing 5 Says Drugs Made Him a 'Monster'

The man who authorities say killed five people, including a pregnant woman, in southern Alabama over the weekend told reporters his actions were caused by drugs.

After being questioned by police, 27-year-old Derrick Dearman told the media, "Drugs make people monsters." According to WALA, he continued, saying, "I was high. I barely remember anything."

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Early Saturday morning, police in Citronelle, Alabama, received reports of a person walking around a home. Authorities checked it out and determined nothing was out of the ordinary.

Police believe Dearman returned to the home later that day and killed five people with "firearms and several other weapons."

Authorities described the scene as "gruesome." Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich told WKRG that in her years as a prosecutor she had "never seen a scene where there were five people that were brutally and viciously murdered."

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5 murdered, including one pregnant woman, in Alabama
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5 murdered, including one pregnant woman, in Alabama

Suspect Derrick Dearman

(Photo Mobile County Sheriff's Office) 

Victim Joseph Turner

(Photo Mobile County Sheriff's Office) 

Victim Chelsea Reed -- was pregnant, according to authorities 

(Photo Mobile County Sheriff's Office) 

Victim Shannon Randall 

(Photo Mobile County Sheriff's Office) 

Victim Justin Reed 

(Photo Mobile County Sheriff's Office) 

Victim Robert Brown 

(Photo Mobile County Sheriff's Office) 


On Sunday, officials identified the victims as Robert Lee Brown, Justin Kaleb Reed, Joseph Adam Turner, Shannon Melissa Randall and Chelsea Marie Reed, who was five months pregnant.

According to authorities, Dearman's 24-year-old girlfriend and a 3-month-old baby survived the attack but were kidnapped by the suspect.

Dearman reportedly drove with them from the home in Alabama to the Mississippi state line, where he freed the two and surrendered to police Saturday afternoon.

He now faces six counts of capital murder and two counts of kidnapping.

The Mobile County sheriff's captain told WALA, "I'll just sum it up to say that I wish all of our cases were this solid."

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