Suspect in Albuquerque kidnapping to face trial in Mississippi

Alex Deaton (Photo: MBI) - Deaton is a murder suspect from Mississippi who sparked a national manhunt and is accused of kidnapping a couple in New Mexico.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A man accused of going on a multi-state shooting and killing spree that included New Mexico will likely face trial first in Mississippi.

A grand jury there has indicted Alex Deaton on first degree murder and other charges.

Deaton is accused of first strangling his girlfriend, then stealing her car and shooting a jogger and a woman at a Mississippi church.

He then allegedly carjacked an Albuquerque couple near a trail in the Foothills, shooting one of them.

Police say he went on to Kansas where he shot a convenience store clerk. He was caught soon after.

A June court hearing in Mississippi has been set. There’s no schedule yet for when he’ll face trial in New Mexico. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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