Officials relieved spree killing suspect in custody
by Elane Jones
Jul 25, 2012 | 6105 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
James Cobb Hutto III
James Cobb Hutto III
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Law enforcement officials will rest a little easier tonight after learning a local man who was profiled on a Crime Stoppers report Sunday night by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is safely behind bars in a Mississippi jail.

The Jefferson and Walker county sheriff’s offices learned that James Cobb Hutto III, 41, of Jasper is currently in custody in Hinds County, Miss., for a murder he committed there.

Authorities in Mississippi believe Hutto was involved in the September 2010 murder of an 81-year-old woman from Clinton, Miss.

“He will be transferred back to Alabama at some point to face a murder charge here,” Jefferson County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Randy Christian reported via email Tuesday. “But we don't have a timetable for that transfer at this time.”

Hutto is wanted in Jefferson County for the September 2010 murder of a 68-year-old Birmingham woman, who was reportedly Hutto’s aunt. Her body was discovered in her home in September 2010.

He was also wanted by authorities in Lee County for attempted murder and first-degree robbery in connection with the September 2010 attack on a 56-year-old Opelika man, who was found stabbed multiple times in the neck after an apparent meeting with Hutto.

Walker County Sheriff John Mark Tirey said he was glad to learn Hutto was indeed in custody in Mississippi.

“He’s a very dangerous man, and he needs to be kept behind bars forever,” Tirey said. “We dealt with him on numerous occasions several years ago, and we’re relieved to learn he is still in custody.”

When authorities in Walker County learned Tuesday that Jefferson County was looking for Hutto, they immediately began trying to locate him as well. But it’s not the first time the Walker County Sheriff’s Office has searched for Hutto.

Tirey said the sheriff’s office was looking for Hutto in September 2010 after he failed to report as a sex offender following his release from prison, after serving only 3 1/2 years of two concurrent 10-year terms for the kidnapping and rape of a 17-year-old Walker County girl.

But before Walker County authorities could locate Hutto, he became the prime suspect in a violent crime spree that stretched from Alabama to Mississippi in September 2010.

“I’m not sure what caused all the confusion about where he was this time, but I’m sure glad we got it all cleared up,” Tirey said. “And I hope that’s where he stays for a long, long time.”