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Court documents: Danville murder suspect, victim going through divorce & suspect had a violent past with previous wife

WAAY 31 learned Carson Peters filed for divorce from Teresa Peters back in January. According to those same court documents, Peters' previous wife, claimed he was verbally and physically abusive.

Posted: May 25, 2020 11:06 PM
Updated: May 26, 2020 9:21 AM

The search for a suspected killer in a triple murder case in Morgan County continues. 

Monday night, Decatur Police said they believe Carson Peters has left the Danville-Neel area. 

Investigators believe he is traveling with April Hanner in Black Chevy 1500 truck. These two are considered armed and dangerous. 

Police said Carson Peters shot and killed three people last night in Danville. They have identified them as Teresa Peters, James Miller, and Tammy Smith. 

A fourth victim was flown to Huntsville Hospital and is now in stable condition. 

WAAY 31 learned Carson Peters filed for divorce from Teresa Peters back in January. Last Thursday, Teresa Peters filed a petition for contempt of court accusing Carson Peters of taking items from their home. Monday would have been Teresa Peters' 55th birthday.

According to those same court documents, Peters' previous wife, claimed he was verbally and physically abusive. Alleging he 'exhibited obsessively jealous conduct toward her and is a very controlling person.' 

In the documents filed in August 2014, the complaint states his wife at the time was treated for physical injury at the hospital and medical officials reported the case to Decatur Police, which lead to a domestic violence charge against him.

On Monday, deputies filled the parking lot at Brady Grove Church, as a search continued for Peters. 

"I mean it is like a football field away from where we live," one resident said. 

One mother said it is hard to believe something so tragic happened so close to home. But her main concern was her son's safety. 

"For something like that to happen and for a kid to be that close to something like that is very concerning," she continued. 

For Kayla Layhew, she said she immediately thought of her mother. 

"It kinda freaked me out a little bit because I live in Decatur, but my mom still lives right here where the shooting happened," Layhew said, "I guess it kinda freaked me out." 

Layhew said her family did not know any of the victims or the suspected killer. Authorities identified the victims as 55-year-old James Edward Miller, 54-year-old Teresa Lynn Peters, and 50-year-old Tammy Renee Smith.

Police believe their deaths took place during a domestic situation and were not a random crime. Still, community members said this just is not the norm.

"I just hope they find him and they get him some help," expressed Layhew. 

Right now, detectives want the community to remain alert. Morgan County Deputies will remain in the Danville area to help patrol. 

If you know anything about this investigation or the whereabouts of Carson Peters or April Hanner, contact Decatur Police at (256) 341-4600.

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