SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A man suspected of killing six relatives told investigators he killed his pregnant wife, 3-year-old son, aunt, uncle and two 9-year-old cousins because they were "poisoning" him, investigators said Friday.
"Metaphorically, in their culture that would mean someone talking poorly of them," said Sacramento County Sheriff’s Sgt. James Lewis, though he wouldn’t directly confirm Ukrainian immigrant Nikolay Soltys’ statement. "It could be either way: literally, or metaphorically, they were poisoning his name."
Soltys was captured Thursday morning after he was discovered hiding under a desk in the backyard of his mother’s home.
Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully plans to announce charges against Soltys on Tuesday, shortly before his arraignment. A spokeswoman said it is too soon to say whether Scully will seek the death penalty.
Soltys underwent a psychiatric evaluation and is being held in isolation under 24-hour camera surveillance, Lewis said.
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