Police: Man denies killing wife, her 3 kids in Va.

August 21, 2011 - 3:25 PM

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — A police spokesman in Virginia says a man suspected in the slaying of his wife and her three children denies any involvement in their deaths.

Newport News Police spokesman Harold E. Eley said Sunday 36-year-old John Moses Ragin has denied "any involvement whatsoever" in the killings of Crystal Ragin and her children, ages 6, 10 and 15.

Eley says Ragin offered his denial during interviews with Newport News police who have interviewed him in South Carolina, where Ragin is being held.

Police were called to the Ragins' apartment on Friday, where the bodies were found. Each victim had suffered knife wounds and exposure to fire.

Eley said police want to bring John Ragin back to Virginia where he is wanted on four charges of first-degree murder and five other counts.