First Alabama quarterback charged in murders

Updated: August 29, 2003, 10:46 PM ET

LINDEN, Ala. -- Former Alabama quarterback Michael Landrum was charged with murder in the deaths of his 3-year-old daughter and her grandmother.

Landrum, 41, was jailed without bond Friday in the deaths of Mikayla Little and Ida Little, 52. The woman was taking care of the child, whose mother was in Iraq with the National Guard.

Jeffery Napier also was charged in the killings, according to Marengo County Chief Deputy Tommie Reese.

Reese said both victims were shot. He declined comment on the motive, saying the investigation continued.

Landrum and Napier were arrested Wednesday in the slayings, which happened in the predawn hours of Aug. 21 in a rural mobile home, said Reese.

Landrum became the first black quarterback to play at Alabama when he entered as a reserve against Vanderbilt on Sept. 29, 1979. The Crimson Tide won 66-3.

Landrum transferred the next season to Southern Mississippi, where he played in 1982 and '83.

More recently, Landrum was well known as a disc jockey who worked in west Alabama and called himself "Dr. Rock."

"He did different club parties, family reunions, things like that," Reese said.

Wanda Little, the mother of the slain girl and the daughter of the grandmother, had been in Iraq since February but returned home after the murders. Reese said she and Landrum were never married.

The woman's other two children, ages 7 and 9, were at the grandmother's mobile home at the time of the shootings but were not harmed. Reese said Landrum was not their father.

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