Authorities in south Alabama say the five people slain in a massacre at a south Alabama home included a 22-year-old woman who was five months pregnant and four other adults ranging in age from 23 to 35.
Dearman returned later, broke into the home and and killed five people as they slept, police have said. After the killings, Dearman forced Lester and the three-month-old infant - the child of the one of the murder victims - into a vehicle.
It could take investigators days to sort out the grisly murder scene in Citronelle, a small town 30 miles northwest of Mobile.
According to the Mobile County Sheriff's Office, 27-year-old Derrick Dearman turned himself in to law enforcement personnel in MS, hours after the quintuple murder at 17160 Jim Platt Road in Citronelle.
Authorities described the scene as "gruesome".
After the murders, Dearman forced his girlfriend and an infant into a auto and drove to MS to his father's home.
Dearman's girlfriend, Laneta Lester, reportedly fled to a relative's house on Friday to escape from him, saying he was abusive, according to a statement from the sheriff's office.
"In... a 20-year career as a prosecutor, I have never seen a scene where there were five people brutally and viciously murdered".
However, Captain Burch added that it was not immediately clear whether the victims were attacked while sleeping or had put up a prolonged struggle. Burch said he expects Dearman to face five or six counts of capital murder.
Some of the pills taken from Prince's estate in Paisley Park after his death were counterfeit drugs that actually contained fentanyl - a synthetic opioid 50 times more powerful than heroin, an official close to the investigation said Sunday. At about 1 a.m. Saturday morning, "someone inside the residence called 911 to report Dearman being on their property". Burch added Dearman is the only suspect in the incident. Citronelle police arrived on the scene, but Dearman apparently had left, say officials. Burch said investigators believed the woman who contacted police had an undetermined relationship with Dearman.
A woman who said she is Dearman's ex-wife said she was stunned to learn of the killings.
According to investigating officers, 34 year-old Laneta Lester was staying with her sister at the home on Jim Platt Road in Citronelle.