Police: Son in family found dead stabbed parents

August 6, 2014 - 2:06 PM
Family Found Dead

FILE - In this June 27, 2014 file photo, Turlock, Calif., police investigate a crime scene in which a family of four was found dead inside the home in what appeared to be a murder-suicide. Police released details about the family's deaths Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. Police said one of two adult sons in a family of four fatally stabbed his parents before he and the other son died in an arson fire there. Turlock police say 39-year-old Rodney Bowman killed his father, 78-year-old Sarkis Babakhan, and mother, 70-year-old Rozmary Babakhan. Bowman and the other son, 42-year-old Robert Babakhan, who was disabled, then died of exposure to smoke and toxic chemicals from the fire. (AP Photo/The Modesto Bee, Joan Barnett Lee, File)

TURLOCK, Calif. (AP) — One of two adult sons in a family of four found dead inside a California home in June fatally stabbed his parents before he and the other son died in an arson fire there, police said.

Rodney Bowman, 39, stabbed his parents multiple times before he and the other son, Robert Babakhan, 42, died of exposure to smoke and toxic chemicals from the fire, Turlock police said Tuesday.

It was unclear who started the fire or what motivated the stabbings of Sarkis Babakhan, 78, and Rozmary Babakhan, 70. Robert Babakhan was disabled and died after the fire extinguished itself, police said.

Police spokeswoman Mayra Lewis declined to elaborate in a call Wednesday.

Authorities initially described the deaths as a murder-suicide and said the bodies were found in various places inside the house. They said the four family members had been dead at least 24 hours before officers found them June 26.