Alabama triple murder suspect arrested, police report

Published 11:14 pm Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Officers have arrested a man wanted in the killings of his estranged wife and two others, police said Tuesday.

Decatur police said Carson Ray Peters, 58, was in custody, but they didn’t immediately release details of his arrest. Another person also was in custody, police said in a news release.

Decatur police said Peters, 58, was accused of capital murder in the shooting deaths of Teresa Lynn Peters, 54, and two others on Sunday night in Morgan County, near Danville.

Officers also arrested a woman they described as possibly accompanying Carson Peters, but details were not immediately available.

Carson Peters filed for divorce from Teresa Peters in January and moved out of their home, news outlets reported.

Court documents show Teresa Peters filed a motion on Thursday to hold Carson Peters in contempt of court, claiming he locked her personal belongings and the air conditioning units from their home inside a shed and left with the key.

The motion said Teresa Peters “has been unable to obtain her personal belongings for a few months and there is currently no air conditioning in the home,” WHNT-TV reported.

Police said they believe Peters killed James Edward Miller, 55, of Lacey’s Spring, and Tammy Renee Smith, 50, of Danville, alongside his estranged wife on Sunday. A fourth person was wounded and hospitalized.