Man in custody in six slayings in Tennessee, Alabama


Police gather outside one of the scenes of mutliple slayings in Fayetteville, Tennessee, on Saturday.
Tennessee authorities have a man in custody in connection with the killings of six people in Tennessee and Alabama, Kristin Helm of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation told CNN on Saturday.

Sheriff Murray Blackwelder, who held an afternoon news conference, called the slayings “one of the worst crimes Lincoln County has ever seen.” He didn’t describe how the people died. The suspect, Jacob Lee Shafer, has been questioned by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and is to be charged in that state with murder in the deaths of five people in Tennessee and one person in Alabama, Helm said. She added that authorities are not looking for additional suspects. Five people, some of whom were related, were found dead in two nearby homes in Fayetteville, Tennessee, Helm told CNN. Investigators think the killings occurred either Friday night or early Saturday, she said.

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Police found a third crime scene linked to the five deaths on the same street, Blackwelder said. A sixth person was found dead in Huntsville, Alabama, Blackwelder said. Huntsville is about 30 miles from Fayetteville.

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