A baby and toddler were left beside the corpses of their parents and teenage brother for three days after an alleged triple murder.
The bodies of Rachel Ozuna, her 14-year-old son Kyrrus Ozuna and her boyfriend, Michael Coleman, were found by police bound with their throats slashed, on May 26 2019.
New details of the horrific incident emerged in court on Wednesday, March 31, including police bodycam footage from officers’ arrival at the home in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, the US, NBC Washington reports.
Deputies walked in on a two-year-old boy in a nappy, standing beside his mum’s corpse facing down on the blood-spattered nursery floor.
His younger sister was strapped to a swinging seat nearby, the New York Post reports.
Both children were dehydrated and crying but were not injured, according to the Free Lance-Star.
The shocking video was presented at a preliminary hearing for three of the five Philadelphia men charged with the murders.
Prosecutors also played a chilling 911 call made by the Kyrrus Ozuna’s dad, Benjamin Jimenez, who walked in on him tied up in a pool of blood in the bathroom.
Benjamin Jimenez sobbed throughout a 12-minute call as the dispatcher asked: “What do you think is going on in the house?”
“Somebody got murdered,” replied Jimenez.
“Where is your son?” asked the dispatcher.
“He’s in the bathroom tied up and in a pool of blood,” answered the father.
The court heard Coleman could have been targeted for being a large-scale drug dealer who often kept as much as $100,000 in his home.
In searching the home, investigators found equipment used to package kilo-sized packages of cocaine.
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During his testimony, the detective said phone data and videos helped link the five defendants to the crime as it allegedly proved they travelled from Philadelphia to the Quality Inn on Plank Road, on May 25.
Images on the devices showed two of the men photographed themselves near the hotel pool and one of the flipping tyres at a nearby Gold’s Gym.
The detective testified evidence suggests that the defendants went to the Arlene Acres Drive home around noon on May 26 and headed back to Philadelphia at an hour later.
Defence attorneys argued that a lack of physical evidence made the prosecution’s case circumstantial.
The judge, however, ruled there is enough probable cause to certify the first-degree murder charges against Durward Allen, Hugh Green and Montel Wilson who will stand before a grand jury.
A preliminary hearing is still pending for two other defendants, James Myers and Jamal Bailey.