A 19-year-old is allegedly accused of stabbing his two young siblings to death and wounding his father in Colorado. According to nvestigators he planned out the attack so he could live alone in the house, court documents say.
Local officers were called to the home early Tuesday who found the 5-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy, along with the father of all three siblings, police spokesman Lt. Howard Black said.
The officers tried to save the children, who then later died at a hospital. The father, Jefferson Murphy, told authorities that he was sleeping in his bedroom with his wife when he heard the children screaming in the basement.
He was in serious but stable condition after he was stabbed during the an engaged confrontation with his son, Black said.
The arrest affidavit said the teenager bought a knife several months ago with the plan of killing his entire family and burying the bodies in the backyard.
Investigators have been told that the teen previously talked about killing the family.
Malik Murphy had already been arrested in Illinois in March and accused of setting fire to his parents’ sport utility vehicle.
The parents reportedly told authorities that Murphy had severe mental health problems and they did not want him to prosecuted in the fire, Effingham County State’s Attorney Bryan Kibler said.
Kibler said the local police agreed to dismiss the case if the teen got treatment.
In Colorado, investigators are interviewing people who were a;sp in the house at the time of the stabbings and had been talking to neighbors and other family members to find out more about the family, Black said.
Judy Barnes, said that she gave the children candy whenever they played outside and that they lovingly called her “neighbor grandma.”
“They were great. They were just kids,” she said. “I saw them the day before yesterday. They were playing in the yard with mom and dad.”
Barnes said the victims were the youngest of Jefferson Murphy’s five children, and Malik Murphy was the oldest.
Malik Vincent Murphy was arrested on suspicion of two counts of first-degree murder. It was not clear if he had a lawyer.