A California man was indicted by a federal grand jury on Wednesday, in connection with the death of his two children.
According to the U.S. Attorneys Office in Southern California, Matthew Taylor Coleman, 40, was indicted on “two counts of foreign first-degree murder of United States nationals.” Coleman could potentially face the death penalty, but it’s unclear whether the prosecution intends to seek capital punishment.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents detained Coleman last month, as he attempted to cross the U.S./Mexico border. Earlier that morning, the bodies of Coleman’s two children, Kaleo, 3, and Roxy, 10 months, were found on a Mexico farm.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Coleman’s wife and the children’s mother, Abby Coleman, reported her family missing in early August after they had been gone for 24 hours without contacting her. Police contacted the FBI after they “developed a theory” that Coleman and children were likely in Mexico.
According to court documents, Coleman “explained that he was enlightened by the QAnon and Illuminati conspiracy theories and was receiving visions and signs revealing that his wife…possessed serpent DNA and had passed it onto his children.”
Coleman told federal authorities that he killed his children by “shooting a spear fishing gun into their chests,” court documents read. When detectives asked if he understood that what he did was wrong, Coleman said he did, “but it was the only course of action that would save the world.”
“There are no words to describe the profound grief that envelops an entire community when a child is murdered,” Acting U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman said. “The Department of Justice is determined to achieve justice for these victims and their loved ones.”
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