Preliminary hearings were held on Tuesday morning in the courtroom of Cherokee County Alabama District Judge Wes Mobley for murder suspect Donnie Lee Abernathy.

Abernathy stands accused of killing three women, and wounding a man, back in November of last year (2015) at a residence in the Round Mountain Community of Cherokee County.

The only witness called to testify was Cherokee County Investigator Shawn Rogers who is the lead investigator over the case. Rogers told the court that on that day he received a call from Cherokee County 9-1-1 reporting a shooting at that location – and upon his arrival he observed one body laying in the living room floor, another in an adjacent bedroom, and yet another laying in a back bedroom; another male victim was also found to be suffering from a gunshot wound and was air-lifted from the scene to UAB Hospital in Birmingham.

The victims were later identified as Sylvia Duffe, Clara Edwards and Pamela O’Shel.

Investigator Rogers said that after Abernathy had shot and killed the victims, he forcefully took his ex girlfriend Jerrica Hamilton of Cedar Bluff from the residence, and that’s when he attempted to elude officers before crashing his Ford Mustang a short time later.

After more than an hour of testimony and cross examination Judge Mobley denied a motion by the defendants attorney requesting bond and ruled probable cause existed in the case.

The case will now be bound over to a Cherokee County Grand Jury for Indictment.

Abernathy will remain in the Cherokee County Detention Center without bond on charges of Capital Murder, Attempted Murder, Kidnapping and Criminal Mischief 1st Degree.