A baby girl and her 2-year-old brother were alone for three days with the corpses of their murdered parents inside a Virginia house, according to new evidence released in a 2019 case.
Police bodycam video played in court on Wednesday showed deputies arriving at the gruesome scene of the May 26, 2019 slayings in Spotsylvania County, WRC-TV reported.
Inside, they found the bodies of Rachel Ozuna, her 14-year-old son Kyrrus Ozuna and her boyfriend, Michael Coleman, bound with their throats slashed.
Ozuna, 34, was discovered face down on the blood-spattered nursery floor, with her and Coleman’s toddler son standing beside her in a diaper, the report said.
The couple’s infant daughter was strapped to a swinging seat nearby.
The young children were dehydrated and crying but had otherwise not been injured, the Free Lance-Star, in Fredericksburg, Va. reported.
The footage was presented alongside other evidence during a preliminary hearing for three of the five Philadelphia men charged in the depraved killings.
Prosecutors also played a chilling 911 call made by the teen’s father, Benjamin Jimenez, who had gone to the home that day to check on his son — and found him tied up in a pool of blood in the bathroom.
“I can’t go back in there,” a sobbing Jimenez told a 911 operator. “I can’t see him like that again.”
The bodies were discovered on May 29, three days after investigators believe the murders happened.
Detectives said they have evidence showing that the accused killers arrived at the home around noon on May 26 and left about an hour later, according to the reports.
The men — James C. Myers, 36, Hugh Cameron Green, 31, Durward Anthony Allen, 29, Jamal Bailey, 28, and Montel Jaleek Wilson, also 28 — have been charged with three counts of first-degree murder and other offenses.
Authorities believe the slayings were drug-related, saying that Coleman, who previously lived in Philadelphia, was trafficking large amounts of cocaine and often kept as much as $100,000 in his house.
Defense attorneys for Green, Allen and Wilson argued that there was no concrete evidence linking their clients to the murders and that the case was circumstantial.
Still, the judge ruled there was enough probable cause to certify the first-degree murder charges against the trio, the reports said.
A preliminary hearing is still pending for the other two defendants.