SEMMES, Ala. (WALA) - The same day FOX10 News learned that murder suspect Gigada Pearson will now face two counts of capital murder for the deaths of Erica and Steve Langford, neighbors close to those involved are speaking out.
"We've been neighbors for about 20-plus years, and [Pearson] was always a good person," a neighbor said. "If you needed help, or repair or something, he would be willing to help. He just came off like a good neighbor, and it was shocking to hear that he was accused of something so horrific."
Horrific, since the family of the victims tell us the couple was found shot and stabbed to death in their Semmes home Friday night. Authorities say Pearson also set the home on fire.
"It's just all senseless," said that neighbor.
That same neighbor said she worked with Erica, and calls her a kind-hearted person.
"When I found out that it was true, it was like somebody snatched your heart," she said. "You just can't come to terms with it; it still feels like a dream."
It's all more like a nightmare for the family.
The Mobile County District Attorney's Office is seeking its harshest penalty.
"Capital murder, it doesn't get any more serious than that," said Deborah Tillman with the DA's office. "The potential penalties are life without the possibility of parole, or the death penalty. The fact that there were two or more individuals that were killed in one course of conduct is the reason this is capital murder."
Though Pearson denies it, authorities say they're justified in seeking these charges.
"I think that these charges are very appropriate in a case like this," Tillman said. "We believe that we are on very firm ground both factually and legally in terms of charging him with capital murder."
Pearson is also accused of domestic violence against his wife. In fact, authorities say she filed a 'protection from abuse' order against him.
That's why Pearson faces charges for not only capital murder and arson, but aggravated stalking.
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