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Tenn. man charged with killing wife, her family

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FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. - A 30-year-old Lincoln County man faces homicide charges in the slayings of his wife, her father, brother and teenage son, along with two other people in two states, authorities said Sunday.

The bodies of the relatives, along with a teenage neighbor, were found Saturday in two rural homes near Fayetteville in southern Tennessee.

A sixth body discovered at a business about 30 miles south in Huntsville, Alabama.

The identity of the sixth person was not released and authorities have not said how the killings are linked.

Kristin Helm, spokeswoman for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, said the Tennessee victims were killed Friday night or early Saturday.

Jacob Shaffer was found sitting on the porch of one of the Fayetteville houses when authorities first arrived Saturday.

According to Helm, his motive was domestic.

The body of 38-year-old Traci Shaffer was found on Saturday at her South Lincoln Road home, along with her 16-year-old son from a previous relationship, Devin Brooks, and a neighbor, 16-year-old Robert Berber.

In a nearby home, authorities found the bodies of Traci Shaffer's brother, 34-year-old Chris Hall, and her father, 57-year-old Billy Hall.

According to a family friend, Jacob and Traci Shaffer were having marital problems and were not living together.

Jacob Shaffer remains in the Lincoln County jail without bond.

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