A Moon Township man told police that he went to rob a McKees Rocks couple of drugs when he killed them, leaving their bodies with their unharmed toddler yesterday.
Marcus Lamont Early, 19, was arraigned this morning on two counts of homicide, one count each of robbery and a weapons violation.
Cardell Gary, 24, and Christina Law, 33, were found dead in a first-floor dining room by Ms. Law's cousin who went to their Railroad Street home around 4 p.m. yesterday.
The 2-year-old child was found crying close to her parents' bodies.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Mr. Early at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 14 in Municipal Court.
Ms. Law's cousin, Christina Magliocco, told police that she went to the couple's home because she had been unable to reach Ms. Law on the telephone.
Ms. Magliocco said the front door was ajar and she heard the child crying inside before she went in and discovered the bodies. The crying toddler was sitting on the floor between the bodies.
Ms. Magliocco said she went back outside to call police who pronounced both victims dead at the scene.
Allegheny County police homicide detectives and McKees Rocks police quickly developed Mr. Early as a suspect and obtained an arrest warrant.
Once in custody, Mr. Early told police that he had been planning to rob Mr. Gary when Ms. Law called him a "rat."
Mr. Early pulled a semi automatic pistol and shot Ms. Law once in the head. When Mr. Gary then charged at him, he said he shot him as well before fleeing.
Police found ballistic evidence at the scene to support the suspect's description of the shooting.