NEW YORK (AP) — A 25-year-old Chinese immigrant accused of butchering his cousin's wife and children with a knife and found dripping in blood amid the carnage, authorities said, was charged Monday with murder.
"I know I am done," Mingdong Chen said to relatives who discovered him, according to a criminal complaint.
Chen appeared briefly in Brooklyn Criminal Court in oversized blue sweats, his hair disheveled. He was also charged with assaulting a police officer while being questioned at a precinct after the grisly killings Saturday evening.
Chen did not speak and did not enter a plea. His attorney, Danielle Eaddy, said her client had been injured while in police custody and appeared to have two bruises on his forehead. She did not immediately request a psychiatric hearing.
Chen was held without bail. His next court date was set for Friday, where a grand jury was expected to determine whether to indict him in the deaths of 37-year-old Qiao Zhen Li and her children, Linda, 9; Amy, 7; Kevin, 5; and 18-month-old William, all with the last name Zhuo.
Police said Chen stabbed and slashed the victims in their necks and torsos. The family was found in various rooms in their apartment on the first floor of a two-story brick house. Some were hospitalized and pronounced dead; others died at the scene.
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