Pelham PD charge triple slaying suspect with capital murder, bur

Pelham PD charge triple slaying suspect with capital murder, burglary

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Jon Staggs, Jr., is charged with capital murder in the triple slaying. Source: Pelham Police Department Jon Staggs, Jr., is charged with capital murder in the triple slaying. Source: Pelham Police Department
The home where three men were killed Sunday afternoon. Source: WBRC video The home where three men were killed Sunday afternoon. Source: WBRC video
PELHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Pelham Police have identified the three victims as well as the suspect in a triple homicide that happened Sunday in the Chandalar neighborhood.

Lt. Pete Fulmer says that the three victims are Joshua Smith, 22, Simian Gilmore, 19, and Casey Cumberland, 22.

The suspect being questioned by police is Jon Staggs, Jr., 20. Staggs has been charged with capital murder and burglary in the case.

Investigators did not identify a motive in the case, but did acknowledge that all four young men knew each other. Friends of two of the victims say Smith, Cumberland and Staggs all went to Pelham High School together.

Police say Smith lived at the house, which belonged to his parents. Police said Monday afternoon they believe they have the only suspect in the case in custody.

"Pelham Police believe that Staggs acted alone and no other individuals are considered suspects in this case. We do not believe there is any danger whatsoever to the general public, this was not a random act," Lieutenant Pete Fulmer said.

Police say Staggs lives in the same neighborhood where the homicides took place. He was captured after fleeing to his own home a few blocks away just moments after police arrived on scene Sunday afternoon.

"Pelham Police officers, investigators, and crime scene technicians have worked tirelessly over the last 24 hours in order to conclude the initial stages of this investigation. This investigation is not yet complete and many more hours of work still remain to be done," Lt. Fulmer stated.

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Helena and Hoover police departments and the Shelby County District Attorney's Office have assisted Pelham Police with the case.

A witness reportedly helped police identify Staggs, who will make his first court appearance Tuesday.

The Chandalar neighborhood is infamous for being the location of another multiple murder case, the Duke murders in 1997. A teenager named Mark Anothony Duke and some of his friends were convicted of killing Duke's father, his father's fiance and the fiance's two daughters in a home in the same neighborhood as the most recent triple homicide.

A fund is being set up in the victims' names at Tyler Navarre's in Pelham, Rio's restaurant in Helena, Buck's Pizza in Alabaster on Old 119 and Johnny Rays in Pelham on Highway 52.

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