Homicide

Suspect in Alabama massacre to make his 1st court appearance

A photo provided by the Greene County Sheriff's Department shows Derrick Dearman, a suspect in the Saturday massacre of five adults in Citronelle Ala. Dearman, of Leakesville, Mississippi, will be charged with six counts of capital murder, Mobile County sheriff's spokeswoman Lori Myles said Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (George County Sheriff's Department via AP)

A photo provided by the Greene County Sheriff's Department shows Derrick Dearman, a suspect in the Saturday massacre of five adults in Citronelle Ala. Dearman, of Leakesville, Mississippi, will be charged with six counts of capital murder, Mobile County sheriff's spokeswoman Lori Myles said Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (George County Sheriff's Department via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Authorities say the man accused of using an ax and gunshots to slaughter three men and two women at a south Alabama house is set to make his first court appearance on six counts of capital murder and two counts of kidnapping.

Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich said Derrick Dearman is scheduled to appear Wednesday morning in a courtroom in Mobile, Alabama.

The bodies of the five slaying victims were found Saturday inside the home in Citronelle, Alabama.

A sheriff's captain says Dearman attacked them as they slept, and then abducted his estranged girlfriend and an infant from the home. Both of them were found alive.

Alabama court records don't indicate whether Dearman, of Leakesville, Mississippi, has an attorney who could speak on his behalf.