Suspects in custody in Tenn., Ala. killing spree, No charges filed
FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. -
In a news conference Friday afternoon, authorities said two suspects in the deaths of six people along the Tennessee-Alabama border last October remain in custody, but charges have not yet been filed.
Lincoln County Sheriff Murray Blackwelder and District Attorney Robert Carter held the news conference regarding the killing spree at 4:30 p.m.
Three women and a toddler were found dead at two homes in Fayetteville on October 22.
Two men were found dead the following day in two different locations in Madison County, Alabama.
Authorities believe all of the murders are related and one of the male victims, Warren Crutcher, is the alleged link between them.
Authorities say Crutcher had former or current relationships with the three women, 22-year-old Chabreya Campbell, 21-year-old Amber McCaulley and 21-year-old Jessica Brown, and was an acquaintance of the sixth victim, Jeffery Pope.
In the days following the murders, authorities said they had two suspects who were already in custody but their names were never released and charges were never filed.
Those suspects, who are said to be "cooperating somewhat," remain jailed in Madison County.
During the 20 minute news conference, Carter went on to say there is a "mountain of evidence," and that he has asked the state crime lab to expedite the analysis of crime scene evidence.
"This case has taken a toll on everyone involved, a tremendous toll. We haven't done anything but work this case since it happened. We are pursuing every lead that comes in everyday. We feel confident we are on the right track," Blackwelder said, adding, "We are not going to quit until we have this resolved completely."
No additional information regarding the case was released.