Illinois man charged in 4 killings ordered to remain in jail pending trial – NBC Chicago

A northern Illinois man accused of killing four people and injuring seven others by stabbing, beating and running over them has been denied pretrial release.

A Rockford city judge ruled Tuesday that Christian Soto must remain in jail while awaiting trial. The judge scheduled an April 15 arraignment for the 22-year-old.

The Associated Press left a message Tuesday seeking comment from an attorney listed in court records as representing Soto. A woman who identified herself as Soto’s sister last week declined to comment to the AP.

Authorities said Soto was behind a series of frenzied attacks Wednesday at several addresses in a Rockford neighborhood, but said they had not determined a motive.

The Winnebago County coroner identified those killed as Romona Schupbach, 63; Jacob Schupbach, 23; Jay Larson, 49; and Jenna Newcomb, 15.

Winnebago County State’s Attorney J. Hanley said Soto told police after his arrest that he had smoked marijuana with Jacob Schupbach and that he believed the drug “was mixed with a narcotic unknown” which made him paranoid.

Authorities said Soto first fatally stabbed Schupbach and his mother, then beat, stabbed and used a truck to run over Larson, who worked as a mailman. He then injured three people in one house and beat Newcomb, his sister and a friend with a baseball bat in another house. The attacks happened within minutes.

Authorities said Winnebago County sheriff’s deputies arrested Soto as he fled another home where he stabbed a woman, but was slowed by a driver who stopped to intervene.

NBC Chicago

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