Alex Deaton is back in Mississippi and facing a list of charges in Rankin County.
29-year-old Deaton was taken into custody by the Rankin County Sheriff's Office in Brandon this past Friday (February 9).
Rankin County District Attorney Michael Guest and a team of investigators who worked on the Deaton case outlined their plan to prosecute him to the full extent Monday.
He has been charged with capital murder, drive-by shooting, and motor vehicle theft in Rankin County.
In March, 2017, Deaton was a fugitive wanted in connection with two murders and a string of shootings in Mississippi, a shooting, carjacking and kidnapping in New Mexico, and a carjacking and shooting in Kansas.
"Here in Rankin County, Mr. Deaton is looking at a potential maximum sentence of life in the penitentiary, plus 30 years," said District Attorney Michael Guest.
Deaton was charged with the murder his girlfriend, 30-year-old Heather Robinson, the murder of of 69-year-old Brenda Pinter, found dead in a rural Neshoba County church, and aggravated assault after the shooting of a jogger in the Castlewoods neighborhood.
Investigators say it appears Deaton went into a fit of rage after learning that Robinson was going to end their relationship. Investigators believe he killed her and followed her death with other senseless killings.
Deaton was finally taken into custody after a high speed chase ended in a crash on I-70 in Kansas. He's already been convicted of attempted murder and armed robbery.
He's already sentenced to serve more than 17 years in Kansas, will be transferred back if convicted here. Investigators are sharing information and evidence in the case that stretched across the country.
"The family has been very patient in seeing this process out," added Guest. "In meeting with them today, we were able to return to them a bible that was recovered in Kansas. We believe it to be Heather's bible, so we were able to return it to the family today."
From Mississippi, Deaton could be transferred to New Mexico. Authorities there hold warrants for Deaton on the charges of kidnapping and auto theft.
Prosecutors say the charges between the three states should add up to several life sentences -- all convictions to honor those that lost their lives in his cross-country crime spree.
"One thing I want to say that's more important to me," said Marshall Fisher, the newly appointed Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety. "We talk about these offenders, we had a victim here named Heather Robinson, her name was Heather Robinson. She was a nurse. She had a bright future. We don't need to forget that."
Timeline of events
7:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 22 - Heather Robinson gets off work at UMMC.
8:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 22 - Robinson texts a friend saying "Happy Birthday" and tells her that she and the Alex Deaton had split up.
Late Wednesday night, February 22 - Deaton likely killed Robinson
Thursday, February 23 - Investigators say Deaton drove to Neshoba County
4:00 p.m. Thursday, February 23 - Brenda Pinter arrives at Dixon Baptist Church. Shorty after she arrives, a white SUV pulls into the church parking lot and stays for several minutes before leaving and heading south on Highway 21.
6:00 p.m. Thursday February 23 - Pinter's body is found inside the church office by her husband.
5:00 a.m. Friday, February 24 - The Rankin County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call from a woman who stated that she had been shot while jogging along Castlewood’s Blvd. During the investigation, the victim stated that a white man with facial hair, driving a small white SUV, shot her from his driver’s window striking her in the thigh.
4:20 p.m. Friday, February 24 - The Rankin County Sheriff's Office received a request to do a welfare check on a resident at Vineyards Apartments off Vine Drive near Castlewoods. A deputy, along with a family member, found Robinson dead inside the apartment. Her SUV and phone were missing and suspicious circumstances surrounded her death.
Monday, February 27 - Rankin County authorities confirmed Deaton was last seen in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
6:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 28 - Deaton carjacks and kidnaps couple near the La Luz Trailhead in Albuquerque New Mexico. He entered a near by home, stole a van. The couple escaped, Deaton returned to the couple's car at original kidnapping site and headed north on Interstate 25 near Algodones.
Late evening/early morning Tuesday, Wednesday February 28-29- Deaton chased into Kansas during the night. He wrecked the stolen car he was driving and ran on foot to a convenience store where he shot the clerk and stole a black Cadillac.
8:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 1 - Alex Deaton taken into custody in Kansas after high speed chase.
Friday, February 9- Alex Deaton taken into custody by Rankin County Sheriff's Office
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