State AG's office assisting in Heflin double murder case from 13 years ago

Published: Mar. 13, 2015 at 9:12 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 20, 2015 at 5:18 PM CDT
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HEFLIN, AL (WBRC) - The state attorney general's office is now helping Heflin authorities investigate a double murder case from 13 years ago.

It's a case Heflin's police chief says he never really stopped investigating: the murder of a pregnant woman and one of her two children in September 2002.

Heflin police chief A. J. Benefield, along with two of his investigators, Josh Barnett and Stacy Hendrix, have been working a lot on that case lately, especially now that they've gotten help from the state attorney general's office.

At the time, 23-year-old Monica Rollins and her 6-year-old son Dalton Rollins were found murdered in a mobile home on Sugar Hill Road.

Monica was pregnant, and another son, 2-year-old Aaron, was unharmed. The mother and son were reportedly stabbed to death.

The cold case unit of the state attorney general's office joined the case last summer and announced their involvement only a few weeks ago.

Benefield says the key is communication, saying he invites his investigators to question or debate his take on any piece of evidence.

He hinted today that they're looking at something that they've actually known about since 2002.

This is a case Benefield says he takes personally, since not only do he and his officers know the extended Rollins family, but Benefield himself was one of the first two officers on the scene.

"This is the worst thing I've ever seen. There's no way anybody should have to go through what they went through. It really hit home with me because at the time, my kids, my two kids, were the exact same age as the kids in the home. Exact same age," Benefield said.

Benefield won't say if his police department is looking at a suspect or what evidence they may have found.

When asked him if either science or old fashioned police work were factors, he said, both.

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