Police: 6 slain in TN, AL.; suspect in custody

FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Five people were found slain in two
homes in southern Tennessee Saturday, some of whom were related,
and a sixth person at a Huntsville, Ala., business, said
authorities who have a suspect in custody.

Lincoln County, Tenn., Sheriff Murray Blackwelder said at a news
conference that his department is investigating three crime scenes,
though he did not elaborate. He did not release the victims' names
or that of the suspect and would not confirm the causes of death.
He did not release a motive.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Kristin Helm said
some of the victims found slain in the Lincoln County homes were
related and that the killings happened Friday night or early
Saturday.

Huntsville Police Sgt. Mickey Allen told TV station WAFF that
his department has a person in custody who confessed to several
homicides in Tennessee and the one in Huntsville. Based on the
suspect's information, police found a body at Huntsville's Hall
Cultured Marble and Granite late Saturday morning, said Allen, who
works on the city's major crimes unit.

He said the information was explicit and led right to the
business and victim.

"We have no clue as yet of what unfolded there and how it
relates to here," he said.

Fayetteville is a town of 7,000 people about 90 miles south of
Nashville near the Tennessee-Alabama border. Huntsville is the
largest city in northern Alabama with more than 170,000 people and
is about 20 miles south of Fayetteville.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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