DA: Guntersville triple murder suspect knew one of the victims

DA: Guntersville triple murder suspect knew at least 1 victim

MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - "Brutal, it's tragic. And it matches, in that regard, it matches or surpasses any I've ever seen in my 38 years," said Marshall County District Attorney Everette Johnson.

Johnson said he was on his way home from the office Friday afternoon when he received a call from his chief investigator about the murder scene unfolding on Mulberry Street. He found out later he personally knew one of the victims, 65-year-old Martha Reliford, who he describes as a sweet lady that has been in Marshall County as long as he has.

"I had the occasion to talk to Mrs. Reliford a number of times here in the courthouse and things that her family may have been involved in," he said.

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Johnson said they now believe the suspect, Jimmy Spencer, knew Reliford before the murders. He said they don't know how long but believe the two met through another person who stayed in her home from time to time, which they believe Spencer did as well.

"He didn't live there, but that he had visited there, perhaps spent a night there and he previously knew Mrs. Reliford," said Johnson.

Johnson said the investigation at both of the homes off Mulberry Street will continue for a number of days,

They are in the process of preparing their case for a grand jury.

"There's still lots of details that we don't know yet and we're in the process of interviewing people. Investigators are out there right now and trying to make sure that we get the answers to some of these questions," added Johnson.

Spencer's initial court appearance was yesterday, a preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 8.

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