I-Team: Investigators find valuable items linked to Guntersville Triple-Homicide

Mike Turner with Guntersville Police Department told WAAY 31, after investigating hwy 79 South valuable items were found that could be evidence.

Posted: Jul 28, 2018 3:07 PM
Updated: Oct 26, 2018 3:47 PM

Guntersville Investigators are learning more about the Triple-Homicide that happened July, Friday the 13th. 

Mike Turner with Guntersville Police Department told WAAY 31, after investigating Highway 79 South, valuable items were found that could be evidence. 


Jimmy O'Neal Spencer's 2017 mugshot from the Alabama Department of Corrections.

This comes after, Jimmy O'Neal Spencer, 52 was charged with four counts of capital murder. 

Marie Kitchens Martin, 74, and her great-grandson, Colton Ryan Lee, 7, we're found murdered in Martin's home on Mulberry Street. 

He is also charged with the death of Martha Dell Reliford, 65. Reliford's body was found in her home across the street from Martin's home. 

According to authorities, Spencer stayed at a hotel on Highway 79 South, and traveled the road between there and Highway 431. 

Investigators told WAAY 31, they've been investigating the area all day, and believe they found items of value in the case. 

Authorities would not disclose what those items were. 

Spencer is from Franklin County, and recently got out of prison for burglary. 

The Marshall County Chief Investigator John Young told WAAY 31, Spencer's motive was revolved around money.

He first tried to rob Martha Reliford and when she refused, he became aggressive. Spencer hit Reliford in the head with the flat back of a hatchet and then stabbed her. A little while later, he went to Martin's house where he confronted Marie Martin. After robbing the house, Spencer strangled and stabbed Martin. Colton Lee, 7, was killed with blunt force. 

Spencer is being held without bond. 

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