Man charged in death of slain Ala couple


MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say a Mobile man is charged in the death of a husband and wife who were killed and left inside their burning home.

WALA-TV ( ) reports that 43-year-old Gigada Pearson is charged with murder, arson and stalking in the deaths of Erica and Stephen Lankford of Semmes.

Pearson is reportedly married to one of Erica Lankford's sisters.

Court records aren't yet available to show whether the man has a defense attorney. But court records show Pearson's wife filed a complaint this month accusing him of attacking her and forcing her into a sex act.

Neighbors say the couple's college-age daughter arrived home Friday to find their home ablaze. The victims had been shot and stabbed repeatedly.

The house was set on fire after the killing.

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