Drew Atchison, of Williamson, Missouri is charged with three counts of first-degree murder, three counts of armed criminal action, felony child kidnapping and felony tampering in the first degree in Wayne County, approximately 140 miles southwest of St. Louis.
Police say the man confessed to the gruesome slayings of Samara Fontaine Kitts, 23, her 24-year-old boyfriend Harley Michael Million, and their 17-month-old daughter Willa Fontaine Million.
He is currently being held without bond, according to court records.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Police Say He Confessed to Slitting the Throats of the 2 Adults & Shot the Little Girl to Death
Butler County authorities found the bodies of the three victims the morning of January 29.
Citing autopsy results, Wayne County Sheriff Dean Finch said Million and Kitts throats had been slashed, and their little girl had been shot in the head.
Court documents state that when detectives interviewed Atchison, he admitted to being at the family’s home on January 25, and subsequently confessed to killing the three victims.
Deputies say the self-confessed killer revealed that he had killed the couple while he was at their home.
2. Police Say He Left the Toddler Alone in a Room With Dogs Overnight Before Killing Her
Police said after Atchison killed Million and Kitts, he allegedly put their bodies into the bed of Million’s truck. He then went back inside of the home and shut the toddler in a room with dogs so she couldn’t get out, before leaving and driving back home, according to authorities.
The following morning he went back to the family’s home where he allegedly destroyed evidence of the crime scene.
Authorities say he then put the little girl inside of Million’s truck before driving to a wooded area. He then allegedly threw the knife and hid the bodies of Kitts and Million underneath blankets and trash.
Court documents state that Atchison then retrieved the girl from the truck and shot her to death before burying beneath the trash and blankets alongside her parents.
3. The Victims Hadn’t Been Heard From in Days & Police Found Bloodstains in the Bed of Million’s Pickup Truck
The sheriff’s office received a report of the victims being missing on January 28 after they had not been heard from in days.
According to a probable cause affidavit obtained by The Washington Post, authorities had discovered Million’s pickup truck with bloodstains in the bed of the vehicle days before the bodies were found.
When they arrived at the home, police found evidence at the rear of the home indicating a possible homicide.
4. He Knew the Family & Kitts’ Mother Said He ‘Sat at My Kitchen Table’
The mother of Kitts posted a photo to Facebook of the alleged murderer, and said he had known the family since they were teens. She wrote:
Here’s the piece of shut who murdered my daughter Samara kitts my son n law Harley million and my 17 month old grand daughter. Never felt so much hate in my heart for anyone. And to think he sat at my kitchen table when they were teens. Was at my grand daughter first birthday party with his own daughter. I hope u never see light of day and burn in hell for eternity. And that life here on earth you don’t deserve.
5. Police Have Not Released a Motive