Guntersville Police investigate double homicide, other deaths

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Friday, Police confirmed a double homicide investigation and two separate death investigations are underway in the same area in Guntersville.

Marie Martin. Picture courtesy of a family member.

Police were called to Mulberry Street near Hackberry Street around 4:36 p.m. on Friday.  Authorities confirm that 74-year-old Marie Kitchens Martin and her great-grandson, 7-year-old Colton Ryan Lee from Huntsville, were found dead at the home. They are investigating their deaths as homicide.

Chief Jim Peterson confirmed that as of 12:10 a.m. Saturday they had a person of interest, 30-year old Christopher Michael Chambers, in custody.  He was not charged, and Sunday was in the Guntersville City Jail on other outstanding warrants.

Police say during the initial investigation, a neighbor alerted them to the fact that no one had heard from Martha Dell Reliford, a person that lives across the street. Police made a welfare check and Reliford found dead in the home.

A fourth person was found dead near the Guntersville Rescue Squad, which is located just a few streets away. Authorities confirm that the deceased man is James Michael Baker, who was reported missing from his home in Albertville early Friday morning.

At this time, police say they have no information if the deaths are connected.

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