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West Chester man indicted on aggravated murder charges in deaths of 4 family members

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Posted at 10:24 AM, Aug 02, 2019

BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio -- A grand jury indicted the man accused of killing four family members in a West Chester Township apartment in April, according to court documents.

A Butler County grand jury indicted Gurpreet Singh on four charges of aggravated murder on Friday morning. Singh faces four counts of aggravated murder with specifications of using a firearm and killing two or more persons from the April 28 incident, according to the indictment. Singh faces the death penalty if convicted, The Journal-News reported.

Singh was released into the custody of Ohio officials on Wednesday. He had been held in Connecticut, where officials arrested him last month.

Authorities booked Singh into the Butler County Jail at about 12:50 a.m. Friday.

Family members said Singh was in Connecticut attending a wedding. They said Singh told them that he had nothing to do with the gruesome shooting deaths that rattled West Chester Township's tight-knight Sikh community.

Butler County Court records say Singh used a 9mm handgun to kill his wife, her parents and her visiting aunt on April 28. The records say the charges are based on "observations of officers, physical evidence, statements of witnesses and statements of the offender."

The victims were:

  • Singh's wife, 39-year-old Shalinderjit Kaur, shot three times. She was found on the dining room floor.
  • Her father, Hakiakat Pannag, 59, shot in the head eight times. He was found with his head on a pillow in a bedroom.
  • Pannag's wife, 62-year-old Parmjit Kaur, shot four times in the head and once in the arm. She was found lying on the living room floor.
  • Parmjit's sister, 58-year-old Amarjit Kaur, who was visiting from India. She was shot twice in the head and also found in the living room.

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