Police: Son in family found dead had stabbed parents

TURLOCK, Calif. (AP) - Police in Central California say one of two adult sons in a family of four found dead inside a home fatally stabbed his parents before he and the other son died in an arson fire there.

Turlock police say 39-year-old Rodney Bowman killed his father, 78-year-old Sarkis Babakhan, and mother, 70-year-old Rozmary Babakhan. Bowman and the other son, 42-year-old Robert Babakhan, then died of exposure to smoke and toxic chemicals from the fire.

Turlock fire investigators determined a fire had been deliberately set in the home, said police officer Mayra Lewis. The parents had been stabbed to death, and it was the younger son, Bowman, who had killed them, deputy coroners and a forensic pathologist with the Stanislaus County Coroner's Office concluded.

Police released the details about the family's deaths Tuesday. Officers found the parents and two sons in June after a family member called to report that the four had not been seen or heard from.

Police say Bowman stabbed his parents multiple times. They say the other son, Robert, was disabled.

Police have said the bodies were found in various places inside the house.


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