Grand jury to hear case against man charged in deaths of 4

MURRAY, Ky. (AP) — A Calloway County grand jury will hear the case against a man charged in the deaths of four relatives whose bodies were found after a house fire in Murray.

The Paducah Sun reports ( ) 21-year-old Pascasio Y. Pacheco Arellano of Mayfield is charged with four counts of murder and one count each of first-degree burglary, first-degree arson and tampering with physical evidence.

Commonwealth Attorney Mark Blankenship says prosecutors will most likely seek the death penalty.

Police say Arellano’s uncle, 29-year-old Bulmaro Arellano, was found dead inside the home that burned Nov. 17. Bulmaro Arellano was found with his wife, 24-year-old Marisol Hernandez, and their 5-year-old and 1-year-old children.

Preliminary autopsy results indicate Hernandez and Arellano died from gunshot wounds. It’s believed the children died of smoke inhalation.

It’s unclear whether the suspect has an attorney.


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