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US: Czech slaying suspect killed relatives

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 24, 2013 at 10:57 am •  Published: May 24, 2013

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — An American man killed his uncle, aunt and cousins in the Czech Republic and then flew to the United States, where he was arrested at an airport, authorities said Friday.

Citing the Czech police investigation, a federal complaint filed Thursday in Virginia seeking Kevin Dahlgren's arrest said Dahlgren killed his relatives at their home in Brno on Tuesday or Wednesday. The victims had been stabbed in the head and neck, and it appears that Dahlgren tried to burn three of the four bodies in the basement of the home, according to the complaint. Dahlgren had been living with his aunt and uncle in Brno since April 30.

Dahlgren appeared at a hearing Friday morning wearing shackles and a green jail-issued jumpsuit. He told the magistrate that his parents in California would hire a lawyer to represent him.

U.S. prosecutors said they wanted to keep Dahlgren behind bars until he can be returned to the Czech Republic. Another hearing was set for Wednesday.

Czech police said Dahlgren was born in 1992 and released his photograph. A Facebook page showing the same photograph says Dahlgren is from Palo Alto, Calif.

The victims were found by firefighters who came to a fire Wednesday in a house in Brno, the country's second-largest city.

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