A two-year-old boy and a newborn sister spent days alone in the house, a stone’s throw from their murdered parents
A two-year-old boy and his sister were alone in their Virginia home for three days, just a few feet away from where their parents and another teenager were hacked to death in a gruesome triple murder, according to testimony.
James Herdman, a detective with the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office, testified Wednesday at a preliminary hearing in court where three of the five Philadelphia men arrested in the case are being tried for murder.
Bodycam footage was replayed in court with deputies arriving at the bloody murder scene on May 29, 2019.
Investigators arrived to find the corpses of Rachel Ozuna, 34; her son, Kyrrus Ozuna, 14; and her boyfriend, Michael Coleman, 39.
All three victims were bound and had their throats slit, WRC-TV reported.
Authorities believe the murders were the result of a bad drug deal, as Coleman allegedly traded large amounts of cocaine, according to investigators.
The bodies of Michael Coleman (center right), his partner Rachel Ozuna (center left) and her son Kyrrus Ozuna (left) were discovered at their home in Spotsylvania, Virginia, on May 29, 2019. Investigators believe they were murdered three days earlier.
A two-year-old boy (above) and his little sister were alone for three days in their Virginia home, a stone’s throw from where their parents, Rachel Ozuna and Michael Coleman, and Rachel’s teenage son Kyrrus, were cut to death in a gruesome triple murder, according to testimony of a detective
Two other suspects – Jamal Kelvin Bailey (left), 30, and James Christopher Myers (right), 30 – are also charged with first degree murder
Durward Anthony Allen, 29; Montel Jaleek Wilson, 28; and Hugh Cameron Green, 31, have all been charged with several counts of first degree murder.
Two other suspects – Jamal Kelvin Bailey, 30, and James Christopher Myers, 30 – are also charged with first-degree murder.
The murder charges against Green, Allen and Wilson were certified by a grand jury from Spotsylvania after Wednesday’s hearing The Free Lance-Star
Bill Neely, a court-appointed attorney who represented Green, said the case against him was “very, very thin.”
Myers was only recently extradited to Virginia to face trial. Bailey is being held in Pennsylvania on an unrelated charge.
Wilson is the cousin of Coleman’s ex-wife. According to researchers, he is also Allen’s half-brother.
During the preliminary hearing, a sheriff’s deputy starred bodycam footage in which Rachel lay face down in a pool of blood covering the floor of the nursery in the house.
Rachel’s two-year-old son stood next to his mother’s corpse while her daughter sat in a rocking baby seat just a few feet away.
The lead detective in the case believes the murders occurred on May 26, 2019 – three full days before investigators found the bodies and found the two surviving children.
The undated file photo above shows Rachel Ozuna, 34. She was found face down in a pool of blood after her throat was slit, investigators said.
Investigators believe the motive for the murders was drug-related. It is alleged that Coleman (left) was a large cocaine dealer who kept a whopping $ 100,000 in cash
Police were called to the house after Kyrrus Ozuna (above), Benjamin Jimenez, found his son’s body. Jimenez went to the house to check on his son after being unable to reach him for days
Police cam images show a sheriff’s deputy speaking softly to the children.
The sheriff’s deputy picks up the two-year-old and then the baby and carries them out of the house past the gruesome crime scene.
The two children suffered from dehydration and cried when found, but were otherwise uninjured.
The boy’s diaper ran over when he was found by deputies, the court heard on Wednesday.
During the preliminary hearing, prosecutors played a 911 call from Kyrrus’s father, Benjamin Jimenez, who had just arrived at the house to check on his son after being unable to contact him for several days.
During the 12-minute conversation, Jimenez hears sobbing as he describes the scene to the dispatcher.
“What do you think is going on in the house?” the coordinator asks Jimenez.
“Someone has been murdered,” Jimenez replied.
“Where is your son?” the dispatcher asked.
“He’s tied up in the bathroom and in a pool of blood,” Jimenez replied.
Jimenez’s 12-minute appeal was played in court on Wednesday at a preliminary hearing. The image above shows the house where the bodies were found in May 2019
Jimenez did not know when he called 911 that Rachel and Coleman were also in the house after they were hacked to death.
Investigators believe the murders were drug-related. Coleman is said to have been a large-scale dealer who kept as much as $ 100,000 in cash in his home.
Sheriff’s deputies also found equipment used to pack pounds of cocaine, according to WRC-TV.
According to Herdman, cell phone data indicated that the suspects’ mobile devices were in the vicinity of the murders at the time they took place.
Investigators claim to have recovered video from the cell phone of one of the suspects.
The video would show the suspects at a Philadelphia strip club on June 1, 2019 – just days after the murders.
The suspects are reportedly seen in the video waving huge stacks of $ 20 and $ 100 bills. Authorities believe those accounts were obtained in a raid on Coleman.
Investigators also said cell phone data shows the suspects left Philadelphia on May 25. A photo allegedly obtained by detectives shows the suspects in a motel pool in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
According to investigators, the suspects left the Fredericksburg area around 1:30 p.m. on May 26 and were back in Philadelphia later that same day.
Coleman (seen above in this undated file photo with his son) was 39 years old
Coleman and Ozuna can be seen in the undated file photo above
Green’s attorney, Neely, rejected any suggestion that the authorities had evidence to implicate his client.
“He’s been in jail for a year now and there is still no evidence that he is linked to the crime,” Neely said.
“Anyone could have had those phones.”
The judge ruled that the “combined weight” of the circumstantial evidence justified the case being taken to court.
Investigators collected DNA samples from the suspects. Those samples are compared with tracks found at the crime scene.
According to court records, the authorities have not previously obtained those samples due to COVID-19 restrictions in Pennsylvania.