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Northern California officials identify 4 slain in household

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Posted at 11:23 AM, Nov 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-26 14:36:07-05

ROSEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Northern California officials have identified four people slain in October as the wife and three children of a man charged with carrying out the killings over nearly a week.

KCRA-TV reported Tuesday that Placer County officials identified the four as 46-year-old Jyothi Shankar, 20-year-old Varum Shankar, 16-year-old Gauri Hangud, and 13-year-old Nischal Hangud.

They have charged 53-year-old Shankar Hangud with killing two of the victims on Oct. 7 and a third one the next day at their home in Roseville, northeast of Sacramento.

They say he killed the older son five days later near the Oregon border, and drove to a police station in Mount Shasta the next day with the body.

He has pleaded not guilty, though prosecutors say he confessed without giving a motive.