The man sought in a Citronelle, Alabama, slaying that claimed six lives had refused to sign extradition papers but has changed his mind, Greene County Sheriff Stanley McLeod said Monday.
Derrick Dearman, 27, is held to await extradition to Mobile County, Alabama, where he faces six counts of murder and possibly other charges. The slain were killed in their sleep and with weapons Dearman possibly found at the scene, the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
Greene County, just across the Alabama/Mississippi state line, is about 20 miles west of Citronelle.
Dearman is accused of killing five adults and an unborn child Saturday and kidnapping his estranged girlfriend and a 3-month-old child that belonged to one of the couples that was killed. The slain pregnant woman was five months along.
Dearman fled to his father’s home in South Mississippi with his ex-girlfriend and the baby, and released them, McLeod said.
Accompanied by his father, Dearman turned himself in about 4 p.m. Saturday at the Greene County Sheriff’s Office about the same time the ex-girlfriend reported the crime to Citronelle police.
Dearman said he had killed one or more persons, McLeod said.
Killings later confirmed
Deputies held Dearman, a resident of Leakesville, while authorities tried to confirm killings had occurred and where, McLeod said.
Citronelle police contacted the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office for help Sunday afternoon.
Dearman was booked at the Greene County jail and held for questioning. He refused to sign extradition papers Saturday night, and was taken to the George County jail due to overcrowding and the need to keep him from other inmates, McLeod said.
Dearman signed the papers Monday morning, he said. He was held pending transfer to the Mobile County jail.
Dearman’s girlfriend was trying to break off their relationship and had gone to stay with a relative Saturday, according to the Mobile sheriff. A relative called police about 1 a.m. Sunday to report Dearman was on the property, but he was gone by the time police arrived.
Authorities believe the killings occurred Sunday between 1:15 a.m. and daylight.
Citronelle police called for help from the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office about 4:45 p.m. Sunday.
Dearman has a pending charge from a residential burglary reported in Greene County in December 2015, McLeod said.
In February 2015, Dearman was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, telephone harassment and resisting arrest, all in February 2015, he said.
The slain were identified by the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office as Chelsea Marie Reed, 22; Reed’s unborn child; Robert Lee Brown, 26; Justin Kaleb Reed, 23; Joseph Adam Turner, 27; and Shannon Melissa Randall, 35.