A Colorado man who admitted to murdering his younger brother and sister and stabbing his father in the neck now faces criminal charges from the rampage, KDVR-TV reports.
Prosecutors on Friday charged 19-year-old Malik Murphy with two counts of murder in connection with the deaths of 5-year-old Sophia Murphy and 7-year-old Noah Murphy.
Malik Murphy also has been charged with a single count of attempted murder for allegedly stabbing his father, Jefferson Murphy, in the neck.
Jefferson Murphy survived the attack, which occurred in the early morning hours of Oct. 17 at the family’s home in Colorado Springs.
According to the police report, on the night of incident, Jefferson Murphy awoke to screams coming from the basement.
Malik Murphy confessed to police that he stabbed Sophia and Noah each three times in their beds; he thought Sophia may have screamed as the horror unfolded, according to court records.
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Jefferson Murphy later confronted his son, who then started to stab him in the neck. The father was able to fight back and contain Malik in the home’s garage until police arrived.
Malik told investigators that he wanted to kill off his entire family and bury their bodies in the backyard so he could be alone, according to a police affidavit.
Murphy said he purchased a knife used in the attack from Walmart several months earlier.
Melissa Murphy, the mother, said she didn’t realize Malik was contemplating “grandiose thoughts of murder,” else he wouldn’t have been allowed in the house.
The family, she said, “missed the signs.”
Malik was arrested earlier this year after allegedly setting a family vehicle ablaze, prompting a judge to order that he be medicated, according to a relative.
Malik Murphy is scheduled to return to court for a preliminary hearing in February.
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