The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

May 23, 2013

2 charged in slayings of 6 on Tenn.-Ala. border

From staff, wire reports
The News Courier

— FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. — Officials say three women, a man, a toddler and an unborn baby who were slain last October near the Tennessee-Alabama border were the victims of a dispute over drug dealing.

Lincoln County Sheriff Murray Blackwelder announced on Thursday that 36-year-old Henry Burrell, of Fayetteville, and 35-year-old Zakkawanda Moss, of New Market  are charged with six counts each of first-degree murder. The two men are currently incarcerated in Alabama on unrelated charges. Lincoln County is seeking extradition.

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Burrell and Moss were drug dealers who worked with one of the victims, Warren Crutcher. Officials believe the pair decided Crutcher was ripping them off, and the slayings occurred while Burrell and Moss were looking for drugs and money at two homes Crutcher stayed in.

Crutcher, 24, of Toney, was arrested in Limestone County in October on an indictment stemming from a 2011 assault and burglary case. His body was found in a wooded area in Hazel Green by utility workers.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report.