Children, 5 and 7, stabbed to death in Colorado Springs

Peter Castro
October 20, 2017

Early Tuesday morning, police found 5-year-old Sofia Murphy, 7-year-old Noah Murphy and their father Jefferson Murphy at their home with apparent stab wounds. According to the report, the officer asked Murphy if he could question him and Murphy responded with, "I set the vehicle on fire".

According to Malik Murphy's arrest affidavit, the teen told a detective that he often experiences "homicidal ideations" and that he decided he "wanted to be alone in the residence".

In a later audio interview with Effingham Police, Murphy said his parents gave him their SUV to go to a job interview, where he then traveled to a friend's house in Ohio.

Malik Vincent Murphy was charged with arson and criminal damage of property after he set his parent's Ford Explorer on fire in the 1100 block of Avenue of MidAerica, said Effingham Police Chief Jeff Fuesting. He said he stabbed them both three times.

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Murphy was held in the Effingham County Jail with a bail set at $7500. Since they were the sole victims and willing to retrieve their son, Kibler said it made sense to return him to their care. According to those documents, Murphy's father told police that Malik had "talked about doing this previously".

"I've thought about it a thousand times, and I come to the same result every time", Kibler said.

"We do this a lot and this is the one time bad things happen", Kibler said.

Barnes said the victims were the youngest of Jefferson Murphy's five children, and Malik Murphy was the oldest.

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