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11/22/05

Daughter Among Three Arrested in Parents' Murder

Alexandria Coulter Alexandria Coulter
Dustin Coulter Dustin Coulter
Jerry Easters Jerry Easters

There've been three arrests today in the brutal murders of Jack and Paula Futch of Bulloch County. Police arrested Alexandria Coulter, Jack Futch's daughter, Dustin Coulter, Futch's son-in-law, and Jerry Easters, overnight.

Investigators aren't saying a lot about their motives at this point. But if ever the word plot could be associated with a murder case, this would be it: a daughter accused of helping to kill her father and stepmother, then waiting behind to play the role of a supposed victim herself.

When investigators found the Futches dead in their home Monday, their first suspect was right in front of them.

"The only thing I can say about the daughter is that she is the one that placed the 911 call," Sheriff Lynn Anderson told us. "She was bound when our deputies got there."

The Futches were supposed to sell today the very home in which they were killed Monday. Their van was found miles away, possibly left there to look like robbery had been the motive.

"Just terrible to the community, and to the families," said Sheriff Anderson. "This was just a terrible crime. I'm glad we got that we got the resolve that we have in it today. We feel much better in that we have these people in custody. It was just a bad day yesterday, but we're glad with where we're at today."

Anderson confirmed the couple had both been stabbed multiple times. But with the case months or more from a jury trial, he says more details will have to wait till the three have their day in court.

All three are being held in the Bulloch County jail. It will be up to district attorney Richard Mallard and the rest of the office as to when they'll make their first court appearance, perhaps in the next couple of days.

Reported by: Dal Cannady, dcannady@wtoc.com

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