A man held in the slayings of five people in rural Alabama says drugs are to blame for the killings.

Derrick Dearman made the comments Monday as he was led to jail in shackles by law enforcement officers. He expressed regret for the deaths and professed love for the estranged girlfriend whose relatives and friends were slain.

Dearman is from Leakesville, Mississippi. He says he was on methamphetamine when he went to the rural house where three men and two women were later found dead.

Authorities say Dearman will be charged with six counts of capital murder, including one charge for the unborn child of a pregnant victim.

Dearman told reporters he doesn't deserve to live.