Tallapoosa Co. double murder suspect, 1 victim were in relationship

Published: Oct. 8, 2015 at 8:46 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 7, 2015 at 9:46 PM CST
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TALLAPOOSA CO., AL (WSFA) - The suspect in Tallapoosa County's Thursday double murder investigation was in a dating relationship with one of the victims, confirmed Chief Deputy David McMichael. The victims, Dianna Mitchell Sharpe, 48, and Robert Wayne Mitchell, 50, were brother and sister.

The suspect, 50-year-old Dean Carl Stevens, had been dating Sharpe "for several months" McMichael said, and added that Stevens turned himself in to officials at the New Site Town Hall Thursday. He then led officers to the bodies.

Sheriff Jimmy Abbett said deputies responded to a home in the Pate Road area around 2:30 p.m. after receiving a call from the New Site Police Department regarding the homicides. The murders happened in Cragford, located in the northeast part of the county near the Clay County line.

A preliminary investigation showed that Sharpe and Mitchell both suffered fatal gunshot wounds. Stevens, who also lived at the home with the victims, was arrested and charged with capital murder. He was taken to the Tallapoosa County Jail where he's being held without bond.

The victims' bodies were transported to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Montgomery for autopsies.

A motive is still unclear. Abbett says the case remains under investigation.

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