Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Twin 9-year olds, boy and girl, and babysitter shot to death in Alabama

Jordan & Taylor Dejerinett, both age 10
9-year old twins, Jordan and Taylor Dejerinett, had been dropped off at their caregiver's place, 73-year old Jack  Mac Girdner, in the morning by their mother.  When she went back that night, all three were missing.  Both kids and Girdner were found shot to death on a dirt road.

The shooter was quickly tracked down and arrested, 22-year old Deandre Lee, after someone called a tip line.

A motive has not yet been released.

From an initial article:

When the twins' mother returned later that night to pick them up from the suburban Montgomery home of the babysitter, the children and Girdner were missing, investigators said, along with Girdner's car, a 1988 Mercedes-Benz.
Authorities did not release a possible motive in the killings, though they confirmed the three victims were shot. State investigators also did not say what evidence connected Lee to the case.
Girdner's car was found -- with its doors removed -- Thursday in Minter, they said.
Lee, according to state investigators, has a history of trouble with the law. In 2011, he was acquitted of murder in a 2008 shooting that prosecutors say was gang related.
Before Sunday, Lee was out on bond following January 2012 charges in Dallas County that he assaulted a police officer and was in possession of gun with an altered ID number, state investigators said.
According to court records, Lee was also arrested on a third-degree robbery charge and released on $10,000 bond in Lowndes County in February 2012 for allegedly stealing a Honda Accord in 2011.

From another article:
Prosecutor Michael Jackson says 22-year-old Deandra (dee-AHN'-dray) Marquis Lee was arrested Saturday morning in Selma. Authorities found him at an apartment complex after someone called in a tip to a hotline set up by state officials. 
Jackson says Lee didn't resist when authorities arrived to arrest him. 
Lee is wanted in the slayings of Jordan Dejerinett and his sister Taylor, plus 73-year-old Jack Mac Girdner. Authorities say Girdner was a retired anesthesiologist who sometimes cared for the children. The bodies of all three were found Tuesday in rural Lowndes County. Police say they were shot. 
The search for Lee was concentrated in Dallas County, where he was acquitted in a double murder last year.

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