BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A Mississippi man accused of using an ax and guns to kill five people in Alabama once survived a car crash that killed two others.
Media reports from 2003 show Derrick Dearman and a woman survived a wreck that killed 21-year-old Larry Hill and 34-year-old Dennis Carver in Wilmer, Alabama.
Hill's mother, Betty Davis of Leakesville, Mississippi, tells The Associated Press the crash survivor is the same person now charged with multiple counts of capital murder.
Davis says Dearman was deeply troubled by watching her son die. Davis says Dearman wasn't injured badly, and Dearman served as a pallbearer at Hill's funeral a few days later. He was 14 at the time.
Dearman is now 27 and charged in the August slayings of five people in Citronelle, Alabama.