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Published March 06, 2011, 07:59 PM

PA Man Accused of Stabbing Parents, Twin to Death

A 23-year-old man was charged with first-degree murder in the weekend stabbing deaths of his parents and twin brother, said police, who found a Samurai-style sword covered in blood at the scene and said the suspect referred to the deaths as "extermination."

By: Associated Press,

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. (AP) — A 23-year-old man was charged with first-degree murder in the weekend stabbing deaths of his parents and twin brother, said police, who found a Samurai-style sword covered in blood at the scene and said the suspect referred to the deaths as "extermination."

Police in Upper Merion Township, outside Philadelphia, found the bodies of Joseph McAndrew, 70, Susan McAndrew, 64, and James McAndrew, 23, in the kitchen of their home Saturday night, the Times Herald of Norristown reported. All three had multiple cuts and lacerations, and authorities recovered several knives and the sword from the home, police said.

The officers, who were responding to a report of a domestic disturbance, found Joseph McAndrew Jr., 23, in the driveway with his shoes and pants "covered in blood," authorities said in an affidavit of probable cause. Talking to detectives later, McAndrew described what happened as an "extermination," police said in the affidavit.

McAndrew Jr. was charged with three counts of first-degree murder and possessing instruments of crime. District Justice William Marusczak ordered him held without bail Sunday pending a March 15 preliminary hearing, the report said. It was unclear whether he had an attorney.

Neighbor Joe Clark told KYW radio that James McAndrew had recently moved back home after graduating from Penn State, and he described the twins' parents as devoted.

"They did everything, gave them everything they needed," Clark said.

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