The man who police say has confessed to stabbing his 6-year-old sister and two young cousins has been deemed competent to stand trial.
Antonio Shareek Williams appeared in court Thursday. He is charged with three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of the three girls.
Williams began crying as the judge informed him of his charges. He is being held without bond.
During his last court appearance, the 25-year-old appeared to deny he was responsible for the killings before a scuffle broke out between members of the grieving families.
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Police said the girls' bodies were discovered Aug. 18 around 7:30 a.m. in a home in the 6400 block of Brooke Jane Drive in Clinton, Maryland.
Investigators said Williams was left in the home by his mother to watch over Nadiara and two cousins: 9-year-old Ariana Elizabeth DeCree and 6-year-old Ajayah Royale DeCree.
The DeCree sisters are from in Newark, New Jersey, and were in Clinton visiting for the summer. They are the daughters of Williams' mother's cousin, police said.
When Kelley returned home from work early Friday morning, she discovered the girls in their beds, suffering from what appeared to be stab wounds.
The Prince George’s County Fire Department responded to the scene, but all three children were pronounced dead.
Police said they found a 2-year-old girl, who was unharmed, in the home when they arrived. She was another sister of the suspect.
Investigators said Williams was arrested and later provided a full confession of how he stabbed and killed the three girls as the kids shared a bed. They said he did not provide a reason for the attack.