3 bodies found in drainage pipe in US; police say 24-year-old man charged

Three people were found slain in a drainage pipe near an apartment complex, and a former boyfriend of one of the victims was charged with murder, police said.

The bodies of a woman who had been stabbed to death and two men who had been fatally shot were found by a neighbor on Thursday near the woman's apartment, officials said.

Three murder warrants were issued Thursday against Charles Gamble, 24, who was the woman's ex-boyfriend and the father of her son, Police Chief Dean Crisp said.

Gamble, who turned himself in earlier Thursday for questioning, also will be charged with first-degree burglary and possession of a firearm in commission of a felony, he said.

"We are confident we have the individual responsible for these tragic murders," Crisp said.

Investigators were reviewing several potential motives, including a possible domestic dispute, police said.

Rodrena Patrick, 20, who lives in the apartment complex, said she was a close friend of Gamble's former girlfriend, Charlene Octavia Yarbrough, 19. She said Gamble had been living at the complex until the couple got into a fight about a month ago, reports AP.

The couple's child had been taken into protective custody, she said.

The other victims were identified as Marcus Antonio Wilson, 26, and Marquis Mitchell, 25.

Gamble, who has a criminal record dating back to a 2000 grand larceny charge, was on probation for a stalking conviction, Crisp said.

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