GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Police say a North Carolina man accused of killing his two young daughters, their sister and their mother likely beat the victims to death with a hammer.
News outlets report 39-year-old Dibon Toone was in a Richmond, Virginia, courtroom Thursday morning for an extradition hearing on a murder charge in 32-year-old Garlette Howard’s death.
Greenville police say they expect Toone will be charged with additional counts of murder in the deaths of the three children, ages 6, 7 and 11.
The victims were found dead Tuesday night inside their Greenville home. Toone was arrested hours later in Richmond, Virginia.
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Police say autopsies show the four victims died from “traumatic head injury by assault” and they believe Toone used a hammer.
Toone is expected back in North Carolina on Friday.