Crutcher Charged In Limestone County Before Killing Spree


Warren Vincent Crutcher (Photo courtesy: Limestone County Sheriff’s Dept.)

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ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) - We continue to learn more about the man who was the initial "person of interest" in the Lincoln County shootings. Warren Crutcher was arrested earlier this month in Limestone County stemming from another violent incident a year ago.

Crutcher was indicted by a Limestone County Grand Jury in February, 2012 on charges of burglary and assault.

"According to the victim, Crutcher had given him some pills to sell, sold them and did not pay Crutcher the money. Crutcher showed up with a gang of people in SUV's and pistol whipped the victim," according to Limestone County Investigator Leslie Ramsey. It happened in October, 2011 at a mobile home in a small trailer park on Johnson Lane in Limestone County. The victim, who was reportedly shot in the arm during the incident, was identified as Jonathan Haynes. He's currently in the Madison County Jail on a probation violation.

It wasn't until earlier this month that Crutcher made arrangements, through his attorney, Dan Trotten of Athens, to turn himself in on the charges.

"Of course, he had representation at the time and didn't want to provide any sort of statement. And the last I heard the victim was wanting to drop the charges for one reason or another," Investigator Ramsey said. Investigators said the next they heard of Crutcher was earlier this week when he was identified as a person of interest in the Lincoln County homicides.

A second person was charged in the assault and burglary case along with Crutcher. Charges against Christopher Adam Morris were dropped in August at the request of the victim in exchange for Morris paying court costs.

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