Slain Md. Woman Not a Drug Dealer, Family Says

Mwasiti Sikyala Never Used or Dealt Drugs, Brother Says

Thursday, Aug 12, 2010  |  Updated 1:16 PM EDT
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Quadruple Murder Suspects Could Face Death Penalty

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Four bodies are found in a Riverdale home.

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Quadruple Murder Suspects Could Face Death Penalty

Darrell Bellard and Tkeisha Gilmer of Texas are charged in the murders of two women and two young children in Prince George's County. On Monday they were ordered held without bond.
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The brother of a woman whose body was found in what police described as a trash-filled garage last week in Prince George's County says his sister was an innocent victim.

Kaituta Sikyala told The Washington Post that his sister, Mwasiti, was working to pack up and sell items the family had stored in their late father's home. He describes her as a hardworking woman, hoping to finance her daughters' education.

Police found the bodies of Mwasiti Sikyala along with her young niece and nephew, Shayla Shante Sikyala and Shakur Sylvester Sikyala, and the children's mother, Dawn Yvette Brooks on Friday. A Texas man and woman have been charged in the slayings.

Officials say the killings were drug-related. But Kaituta Sikyala says his sister never used or dealt drugs.

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