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Investigators release new information regarding Guntersville murders

Updated: Jul. 20, 2018 at 7:08 PM CDT
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Colton Ryan Lee and Marie Kitchens Martin (Source: The Advertiser-Gleam)
Colton Ryan Lee and Marie Kitchens Martin (Source: The Advertiser-Gleam)

GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Investigators are releasing more details on the gruesome murders of three people in Guntersville a week ago.

District attorney investigators say Jimmy Spencer isn't from the area and had just gotten out of prison back in January. He's the suspect in these cases.

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Investigators believe Spencer came to Guntersville with a friend he met at a Jefferson County halfway house.

They believe he first met Martha Reliford as early as April and began friending people in the neighborhood.

Investigators say he first came into Reliford's home and took money from her before beating her to death with the flat side of a hatchet.

At some point, investigators say he went to Marie Kitchens Martin's home across the street and took money. It was then he strangled and cut her and beat 7-year-old Colton Ryan Lee to death.

It was then investigators say he took Martin's car which was later found at Publix.

Through surveillance video he became the prime suspect, and since in custody, he's been talking.

"Yes, he's cooperating with us in a way. He's helped us with locating some of the items taken so I'm fully convinced," said Marshall County district attorney investigator John Young.

A missing man from Albertville whose body was found on a levee nearby isn't believed to be connected to the case.

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