Teen suspect in ‘cold-blooded’ murder of child cousins refuses to speak at hearing, held on $10 million bail

An Alaska teen accused of murdering his aunt and three cousins refused to participate in his arraignment.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Malachi Maxon, 18, is accused of killing his 18-year-old cousin before driving 30 minutes to the home of his aunt — the first victim’s mother — where he shot her and her two young children, and tried unsuccessfully to shoot a third child.

The victims have been identified as Cody Roehl, 18; Kimora Buster, 43; 10-year-old Sienna, a girl; and 7-year-old son Ellison, a boy. A 6-year-old boy survived an attempted fatal shooting due to faulty bullets, investigators reportedly said.

According to the Anchorage Daily News, Maxon was finally arraigned on Thursday, after an arraignment earlier in the week was postponed because Maxon refused to participate. The defendant again refused to speak at Thursday’s telephone hearing. Maxon’s lawyer participated on his behalf, and the judge set bail at $10 million, appearing to side with the prosecutor’s argument that Maxon is a danger.

“The defendant shot and killed four people in cold-blooded murder, including two young children as they slept in their bed, and their mother,” the prosecutor said at the arrangement, according to the report.

Maxon had been released on bail only a week before the murders last Monday. He had two prior assault arrests involving family members, and had reportedly been staying with Buster and her children after his most recent release. As previously reported, Maxon had been prohibited from contacting his mother and his stepfather due to assault accusations, but his mother paid his $500 bail.

Authorities have not yet commented on a possible motive for the family slaughter.

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