A man charged with shooting and killing his wife, in-laws and a fourth family member in April at their West Chester Twp. remains housed in a Connecticut jail.
Gurpreet Singh appeared before a Connecticut judge Wednesday and waived his right to further proceedings on the arrest warrants from Ohio on four counts of aggravated murder.
A public defender who represented Singh at the hearing said he desired to waive extradition. Singh did not enter a plea, but the public defender indicated Singh told him he was innocent of the charges, according to the New Haven Register.
Singh, 37, who has an Indianapolis address listed on the warrants, was arrested in a Connecticut parking lot Tuesday afternoon.
Police will now travel to Branford, Conn. to bring Singh back to Butler County. Officials have declined to say when the transport will happen.
When Singh is returned to Ohio and booked into the Butler County Jail, he will have to be arraigned within 48 hours. Prosecutors will then have to present the case to a grand jury or have a preliminary hearing in county Area III Court within 10 days, according to Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser.
During a press conference Tuesday, Gmoser said the case would be presented directly to a grand jury for indictment consideration. It could carry the possibility of the death penalty, which is also a element that must be considered by a grand jury.
Two relatives of Singh’s who attended his court appearance in Connecticut said he had been in Branford since Sunday for a family wedding, the New Haven Register reported. His three children were with him there.
Warren County Attorney Charles H. Rittgers said “as of now” he is representing Singh. He said he had not been informed when Singh would be returned to Ohio.
Singh is the man who called 911 on the night of April 28 screaming that he had found his family dead, according to West Chester Police Chief Joel Herzog.
Singh is accused of the killing his wife, Shalinderjit Kaur, 39; his in-laws, Hakikat Singh Pannag, 59, and Parmjit Kaur, 62; and his aunt by marriage, Amarjit Kaur, 58, at their apartment on Wyndtree Drive. All died of gunshot wounds.
According to court documents, the victims were all shot in the head with a 9mm handgun. Police have declined to elaborate on the weapon or weapons involved in the shooting. Police searched a pond at the apartment complex on Wyndtree Dive and did recover evidence, but they have also declined to say if it was the murder weapon.
The charges are based “on observations of officers, physical evidence, statements of witnesses and statements of the offender,” according to court documents.
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