Appeals Court affirms conviction of Derrick Dearman in death of six people

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — An Alabama Appeals Court is affirming the conviction of a man who killed five people and an unborn baby. Friday the court issued an order affirming its ruling against Dearman.

Since 2020, lawyers for Dearman have been seeking to have his death penalty conviction thrown out on the grounds of a “Rule 32” hearing. Defense lawyers said Dearman was severely mentally ill and had ineffective counsel.

In March of last year, the Appeals Court ruled that his conviction and death sentence should stand. Dearman appealed in September and the court upheld that decision this week.

In 2016 Dearman shot five people in a Citronelle home and hit them with an axe. Six were dead, including an unborn child. After the shootings, Dearman kidnapped one adult and a child and took them to a home in Greene County, Mississippi.

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