Alabama man held on charges he killed his parents on Christmas Eve; police say he called to report crime

Published 8:36 pm Thursday, December 26, 2019

An Alabama man was arrested in his parents’ deaths after phoning authorities on Christmas Eve to report he had killed them, police said Thursday.

Allen Privett, 30, was being held in the Winston County jail in the killings of Frank Privett, 71, and Rita Privett, 63, said Chief Deputy Bryan Kirkpatrick.

The exact charges weren’t immediately available, and it wasn’t clear whether Privett had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

Addison Police Chief Mitchell Woodard told his department received a call at 6:10 p.m. Tuesday from a sheriff’s office dispatcher who said a caller was on the line claiming to have killed his parents.

Two officers arrived to find Allen Privett standing in the front yard, still on the call with the dispatcher.

Officers found both victims dead inside the house.

“We took him into custody without incident,” the chief said.

The son told officers a fight with his parent led to a shooting.