LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville man now facing three counts of murder has killed before.
George Slaughter, 26, was arrested in connection with a triple-homicide on Wheeler Avenue in southern Louisville over the weekend.
Following his arraignment Monday at which he pleaded not guilty to the murder charges, WAVE 3 News discovered that Slaughter served about six years of a 10-year sentence following a manslaughter conviction in 2008. At age 17, he faced a murder charge in the shooting death of another teen named Bobby Sweatt in 2006. The murder charge was downgraded to manslaughter, and he was convicted in October 2008.
Slaughter was let out early for good behavior and the court included in his penalty time served prior to that conviction. Slaughter was released from the Little Sandy Correctional Complex in 2012.
It's not clear why he allegedly killed three people early Saturday morning, but he was arrested without incident Saturday night. Douglas Weber, 36; William Neal, 35 and Elizabeth Draper, 43, all died from multiple gunshot wounds. Weber lived in New Albany, but Neal and Draper lived at the Wheeler Avenue address. It's not known how Slaughter may have been connected to the trio.
A memorial has been set up outside the Wheeler Avenue home. Draper's brother came by to drop off a teddy bear. He told WAVE 3 News he warned his sister about dating Neal. Draper was a licensed practical nurse and was studying to be a registered nurse. It's not clear how Weber knew Neal and Draper, but WAVE 3 News confirmed that he was once arrested in Clark County on drug charges.
In addition to the three murder charges, Slaughter also faces one count of tampering with physical evidence. His arrest report indicates the gun used in the shooting has not been recovered. No additional arrests are expected, police said.