An arrest has been made in a 21-year-old unsolved double murder case that saw a mother, her young son and her unborn child killed in Heflin in 2002.
Lewis Spivey, a former Wedowee resident who had a long history of run-ins with the law and was most recently incarcerated in Florida, was arrested last week by Heflin police in connection with the murders.
According to Heflin police captain Scott Bonner, the lead investigator on the cold case, Spivey gave a full confession once he was arrested.
“Spivey has since cooperated with the investigation and has given a complete confession wherein he outlined the events of that day and has taken sole responsibility for the murders,” Bonner said at a press conference in Heflin Friday.
On September 16, 2002, Monica Rollins, 23, and her 6-year-old son Dalton Rollins were found murdered inside their Heflin home, along with Monica’s unborn son.
“They had been stabbed to death several days prior to their discovery,” Bonner said.
A third son, who was three years old at the time, was found alive in the home after he apparently hid in a closet while the murders took place.
The gruesome scene provided investigators with substantial evidence such as DNA, fingerprints and clothing fibers, but an arrestable suspect had never been identified until last week.
Spivey had a history of arrests here in Randolph County while he was a resident of Wedowee. According to Leader arrest records, he was arrested at least five times by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department between 2005 and 2009 – years after the Rollins murders took place – on charges ranging from failure to appear in court to domestic violence. He was also involved in a high speed chase with a Randolph County Sheriff’s deputy in 2009. That chase led to a wreck in which the deputy’s vehicle was totaled.
According to Bonner, Spivey was serving a 15-year sentence at Dade Correctional Institution in Homestead, Florida, on an unrelated charge at the time of his arrest for the murders.
Heflin mayor Robby Brown, Bonner and Heflin police chief Ross McGlaughn spoke at Friday’s press conference, with several members of Rollins’s family in attendance.
“It’s a tough day, but I’d like to say first and foremost, we’d like to lift the Rollins family up in our prayers,” Brown said. “On one hand maybe this will bring some closure to the family. On the other hand they’re going to have to relive those moments.”
Bonner spoke about how closely he had worked with the family after reopening the cold case over three years ago.
“The hardest thing for me was coming to the family and asking them if they were okay with it because they had been through – I hate to use any other word – but they have been through hell for the past 20 years and I wanted to bring them some closure,” he said.
A combination of forensics, new information from interviews and other recently uncovered evidence led to identifying Spivey as the suspect.
Spivey was arrested June 27 and was transported to the Cleburne County jail on June 29, where he will be held without bond until his trial.