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Man accused of killing 4 relatives in West Chester collapses in court

Updated: Aug. 5, 2019 at 10:39 AM EDT
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HAMILTON, Ohio (FOX19) - The man charged with killing four family members in West Chester collapsed in court Monday morning.

Gurpreet Singh, 37, is charged with four counts of aggravated murder.

A grand jury indicted Singh Friday, just hours after he was extradited from Connecticut, where he was arrested July 2, and booked into the Butler County Jail.

In court Monday, Butler County Common Pleas Court Judge Greg Howard denied bond for Singh, who entered a plea of not guilty.

Singh collapsed during a sidebar but was OK afterward, according to his lawyer, Charles S. Rittgers.

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Singh is accused of gunning down his wife, her parents and her aunt on April 28, court records show. Then, police say, he called 911 to their residence at Lakefront at West Chester apartment complex.

The victims are Hakikat Singh Panag, 59, his wife Paramjit Kaur, 62, their daughter Shalinder Kaur, 39, and his wife’s sister, Amarjit Kaur, 58.

Shalinder Kaur was Singh’s wife.

All but one were shot in the head, and the victims were shot a total of 18 times, according to the preliminary autopsy report.

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With specifications of using a firearm and killing two or more persons, Singh could face the death penalty if convicted.

“The indictment speaks for itself,” Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser said Friday. “I don’t comment on pending cases.”

Singh’s attorney tells FOX19 NOW his client is “absolutely not guilty."

West Chester police took Singh back to the police station after he found his family slain and called 911, Rittgers said.

Investigators interrogated him for several hours, he said, but ultimately released Singh without charging him for lack of evidence.

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