Thursday, July 2, 2015

Dad charged with murder for shooting deaths of 14-year-old daughter, 12-year-old son, their mom (McCalla, Alabama)

Our latest family annihilator--dad STEPHEN SEAN HUTCHESON.

Husband, father of wife and kids killed in McCalla charged with murder

Posted: Jul 01, 2015 3:24 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 01, 2015 7:14 PM EDT

By Julie Rockett
By Melynda Schauer
By Brianne Britzius

MCCALLA, AL (WBRC) - Four capital murder warrants have been issued for a McCalla man in the deaths of his wife and two children, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

Multiple law enforcement agencies are searching for 47-year-old Stephen Sean Hutcheson, who they believe is still armed and dangerous. Deputies say anyone who sees him should not make contact with him, but should instead call local law enforcement.

Hutcheson is charged with one count of capital murder for each of his victims and an additional capital murder charge because his son was under the age of 14.

Officials believe he is driving the family's 2005 silver Dodge Stratus with the license plate number 1AS7156. Investigators say because of his financial situation, they believe it's likely he's still in the Jefferson County area.

Sgt. Jack Self says Jefferson County sheriff's deputies were called to a home by concerned relatives on Sunday, June 28 and found the bodies of 49-year-old Doris Hutcheson, 14-year-old Kimberly Hutcheson and 12-year-old Peyton Hutcheson inside. Each had been shot.

Investigators believe Hutcheson shot his wife and daughter twice in the head while they slept. They said he shot his son once in the neck and twice in the face.

Jefferson County Sheriff's spokesman Lt. David Agee said it's possible Peyton Hutcheson was awake when his dad shot him. He was found next to the couch, according to District Attorney Bill Veitch.

“Crime scenes tell a story. It’s quite possible the son was awake and saw what his father was about to do," Agee said in a news conference on Wednesday.

Agee said the "evidence is clear" that Hutcheson is responsible for killing his family. The believe it happened sometime late Friday night or early Saturday morning.

Veitch says after Hutcheson killed his family, investigators believe he left the house to meet his girlfriend. They met up in the parking lot of the Winn Dixie on Morgan road around 4 a.m. Saturday, June 27.

Authorities believe the pair bought cocaine three times in the next 24 hours and checked into a a motel in Bessemer around 8 a.m. Saturday. Hutcheson left in his own vehicle on Saturday or Sunday.

The girlfriend told authorities she had no idea about the murders. She told them Hutcheson kept wanting to drive by his home, which she found odd.

Lt. Agee said Jefferson County investigators made contact with the girlfriend and she has been cooperating with them.

"There is a girlfriend who plays a part in this. Her part is not as a participant in the crime, but we did track this person, identify her, and she’s been cooperative," he said.

Authorities say the victims' relatives hadn't heard from the family over the weekend. Deputies forced entry to the home when they arrived on the scene and found the bodies inside.

Veitch added that Hutcheson used his wife's cell phone to text her sister "I'm going to the beach" to prevent questions by the family.

Doris Hutcheson’s sister-in-law, Amanda Burchfield, spoke with FOX6 over the phone on Wednesday. She's still trying to come to terms with the senseless acts of violence in her family.

"In one way I'm glad that we finally have that one answer as to the who? You know, for sure. But you know, I still got all the why? If he wanted to run off like that, why didn't he just go?” she asked.

Lt. Agee said they do believe drugs play a part in this crime.

"We can’t say he was on drugs when he committed the murders, but we can say there was drug activity during the course of these events," Agee said.

The U.S. Marshals Task Force has joined the search for Hutcheson. Lt. Agee said multiple agencies are hunting for Hutcheson, and they are confident they will find him.

“We will not stop until this man is located," he said.

He added that the case has been a shock to the entire community and to those who have to investigate these types of crimes.

"Normal people can’t comprehend how a person can take their child’s lives in such a manner," Lt. Agee said. "Everyone wants to answer the question 'Why?' but only Mr. Hutcheson can answer that question."

"Our job is to find him and we will," he added.

Lt. Agee said once Hutcheson is captured, he will be held without bond.

Stephen Hutcheson worked as a maintenance employee for the Shelby County School System. They put him on unpaid leave after the murder charges were filed on Wednesday.