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Three accused of months long murder spree

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Ashley Carver, photo courtesy Shelby County Jail. Ashley Carver, photo courtesy Shelby County Jail.
Lewis Gibson, photo courtesy Shelby County Jail. Lewis Gibson, photo courtesy Shelby County Jail.
Michael Dean, photo courtesy Shelby County Jail. Michael Dean, photo courtesy Shelby County Jail.

(WMC-TV) – The three people accused of being part of a killing crew responsible for four murders were in court Monday, but there were new developments in the case after the suspects faced a judge.

Relatives say Ashley Carver got caught up with the wrong crowd and hooked on drugs. They describe her arrest on drug charges as "like a living death."

Now, she's one of four people accused of carrying out a killing spree that lasted more than two months.

Carver is accused of using the promise of sex to lure former Memphis police officer Charles Jones to a house on West Norwood.

Once there, police say her boyfriend Michael Dean shot, killed and robbed Jones. They say then he stuffed the retired officer's body in the trunk of his own Lexus and drove the car to Jackson, TN, where Jones' body and the car were burned.

Carver and Dean are accused of pulling the same murderous trick when they robbed and killed Valero employee Leonard Davidson.

During his initial appearance in court, Dean was appointed Shelby County's chief capital offense defense attorney Gerald Skahan.

"What you see is what you get," Skahan said. "You know, I talked to him. He's okay."

Dean is also accused of shooting and killing James Rucker and Melody Weddle inside a home on Claybrook on December 8.

Police say Demetreous Santiago was involved in all four murders, but he remains on the loose.

Lewis Gibson is the fourth suspect in the case.

He's accused of facilitating the murder of Leonard Davidson, but not actually carrying it out.

"I'll go visit my client in jail and that's where we'll have private discussions about what he knows," said Mike Working, Gibson's defense attorney.

Gibson does not face the death penalty, but Dean and Carver face the very real possibility that they'll soon be fighting for their own lives.

Gibson's bond was set at $5 million.

Dean and Carver are in jail without bond.

All three go back to court one week from today.

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