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DA: Suspects in custody in TN, AL killing spree

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Authorities sought to assure the public that a serial killer was not on the loose when they revealed that two suspects in a string of murders on the Tennessee-Alabama state line have been in custody for months.

Lincoln County Sheriff Murray Blackwelder said Friday that the individuals, who were not named, have been custody since October on unrelated charges. They remain in the Madison County jail in Alabama.

Blackwelder said the suspects have not yet been charged in relation to the deaths of three women, a toddler and two men who were found in four separate locations in Lincoln County and over the state line in north Alabama in October.

District Attorney General Robert Carter said they are waiting on evidence analysis from the state crime lab.

On Oct. 22, investigators found the bodies of 22-year-old Chabreya Campbell, her 18-month-old son and her friend, 21-year-old Amber McCaulley at a home near Fayetteville in Lincoln County. Hours later, the body of 21-year-old Jessica Brown was found in another home in the same county.

Police wanted to question Warren Vincent Crutcher, but they said he was found dead, the victim of a homicide, in north Alabama the following day.

Another man, Jeffrey Pope, was found dead in a Huntsville home, killed by a gunshot wound. Police have said Crutcher knew or had relationships with all the victims.

Officials said they first learned of the killings after Crutcher's 3-year-old son began making random calls saying his mother was dead.

In a 911 audio recording, a friend of victim Chabreya Campbell said she couldn't get into the home on Huntsville Highway in Fayetteville where four people, including Campbell, were found dead.

"My best friend, her 3-year-old son has been calling me all morning. And I came out here to the house. He can't open the door, and his mom's not answering the door. His baby brother's not awake. I don't know what's going on, but he's locked in the house and I can't get in," the woman said on the 911 call.

Copyright 2013 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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