Hueytown Police charged Scott Lamar Abbott with four counts of capital murder Sunday evening, saying he was a jilted lover who stabbed to death four people inside a Hueytown house on Saturday.
Abbott, 24, was picked up in Gadsden on Saturday, where he had sought treatment for stab wounds, said Chuck Hagler, the Hueytown police chief. The defendant was taken from Hueytown to the Jefferson County Jail Sunday.
He is charged with killing William Chad Gilbert, 31; Jeri Lynn Cole, 27; Nika Sandlin, 24; and Joshua Gilleo, 26. All but Gilleo were residents of the house at 225 Woodland Drive, where the bodies were found Saturday morning, Hagler said.
Gilleo's last known address was in Pelham, and police are trying to confirm if he had recently moved into the house or was just visiting the night the four people were killed.
Abbott had been living at the house until he was asked to leave about two weeks ago, Hagler said in a news conference Sunday evening. The 6-foot-7-inch man, who has worked as a male stripper, had a relationship with one of the victims. Hagler declined to name the former girlfriend.
"There was at least one couple there," Hagler said of the victims. "We believe there was a dating couple there also."
Hagler declined to give many details of the homicides, which he called one of the most horrific he had seen in 20 years in law enforcement. He believed the killer moved from victim to victim starting about 3 a.m. Saturday, inflicting multiple stab wounds in each. At least one of the victims fought back, Hagler said.
"It was a large, complicated and very violent scene," Hagler said earlier Sunday.
Police found signs of drug activity in the house. But Hagler said drugs only played a peripheral role, if any, in the homicides.
"We believe this was a scorned boyfriend," Hagler said.
The chief said he believed forensic evidence from the scene will link Abbott to the crimes.
"There is also both evidence and eyewitness testimony before and after the homicide scene that we believe links him to the scene," the chief said.
He is scheduled to make an initial court appearance in Bessemer this morning.
Abbott pleaded guilty to a child abuse charge in 2004 in DeKalb County and was sentenced to three years in prison, court records show. He also pleaded guilty to a driving-under-the-influence charge in Etowah County last year, court records show.
Hagler said the scene was rivaled only by the October 2004 deaths of Rebecca Jean Sampson, 26, and her son, Troy Nate Gann, 9, in Hueytown. Their throats were cut.
Adam Thrash Jr. was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life imprisonment in that case. News staff writers Jeremy Gray and Victoria Coman contributed to this report. email@example.com