Officials say a Tennessee man charged in the deaths of six people in Tennessee and Alabama has been transferred to state custody and is being held in a maximum security prison.
Dorinda Carter, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections, said Monday that Jacob Levi Shaffer was transferred from the Lincoln County jail to Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville.
Lincoln County Sheriff Murray Blackwelder said Shaffer was moved for the safety and security of the suspect as well as the jail.
Shaffer's estranged wife, Tracie, her teenage son, a 16-year-old neighbor, her father and brother were found stabbed in two homes in rural Fayetteville, Tenn.
A man who was described as an acquaintance of Shaffer's was found beaten to death at a Huntsville, Ala., business.