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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The man accused of shooting and killing a mother and two children in Over the Rhine earlier this summer was arraigned on Friday morning.
Judge Steve Martin ordered that Mark Pickens be held without bond.
Pickens was arrested this week for the murders of Noelle Washington, 19, her 9-month-old son Anthony Jones, and 2-year-old Sharailyn Wright.
Prosecutors say Pickens was Washington's ex-boyfriend, and Washington reported that he raped her the day before her death. Prosecutors believe the rape report is connected to the killing.
He faces charges of rape, aggravated murder and having weapons under disability. Prosecutors will seek the death penalty.
His trial is set to begin in January of 2010.