He denies it outright. The custody of the man suspected of killing his ex-wife and their two children, found dead Thursday in Dreux (Eure-et-Loir), has been extended until Monday, announced the prosecutor's office of Chartres.
This 46-year-old man "denies any involvement" in the criminal facts on which he is questioned, said the prosecutor's office in a statement. His custody will end late Monday morning.
"New hearings must be held"
The man had been arrested late Saturday morning in Plaisir (Yvelines), placed in custody and transferred to the police station of Orleans. He has since been heard by the investigators of the judicial police on facts of "aggravated voluntary homicide".
"New hearings of the detainee must indeed be carried out," adds the prosecutor of Chartres. "As it stands, the latter claims to be a stranger to the criminal acts on which he is questioned by the investigators, in the presence of a lawyer."
Forty stab wounds
The man was wanted after the discovery Thursday of three bodies, that of his ex-companion, a 36-year-old mother, and those of their two children, a 13-year-old girl and an 18-month-old baby boy, in their pavilion in Dreux.
He is suspected of having carried "forty stab wounds" to his ex-wife, and a dozen on each child. The autopsies of the three bodies are scheduled "at the beginning of the week in Rouen", according to the magistrate.
He had been sentenced in September 2021 for violence against his wife and daughter to one year in prison, including four months suspended probation, with the prohibition to contact them.
A few hours before the discovery of the bodies, the father of the family had posted on Facebook two messages accusing his wife of cheating on him and hitting his daughter, accompanied by photos showing bruises on a forearm. "I will stop my life," he wrote.