A Pennsylvania woman and her teenage daughter are charged with killing five members of their own family who, the mother later told police, all “wanted to die,” according to a probable cause affidavit.
Shana S. Decree, 45, and her daughter, Dominique K. Decree, 19, are accused in Bucks County of killing their relatives, including three children, at their apartment in Morrisville, north of Philadelphia.
In separate interviews with police, the women said they and Shana Decree’s sister choked the others to death before Dominique Decree fatally choked the sister, the affidavit says. Dominique Decree’s neck had visible injuries, police observed.
“Shana advised that all, including the children, were talking about suicide,” the affidavit says.
The women both have been charged with five counts of homicide and one count of conspiracy, the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office said.
The pair is accused of killing Shana Decree’s children, Naa’Irah Smith, 25, and Damon Decree Jr., 13, as well as Shana Decree’s sister, Jamilla Campbell, 42, and Campbell’s 9-year-old twin daughters, Imani and Erika Allen, the prosecutor said.
Shana and Dominique Decree gave different answers about who killed whom, the affidavit states. Both said Campbell participated in the killings before Dominique Decree killed her, and Dominique Decree said she choked her aunt to death, the affidavit states.
Shana Decree is being held without bail after an arraignment Tuesday morning; Dominique Decree is expected to be arraigned Tuesday, according to the district attorney’s office.
All five bodies were found Monday in one bedroom, all faceup on or near the foot of the bed, the affidavit states.
Shana and Dominique Decree may have been involved in a murder-suicide pact, Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said Tuesday.
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SOURCE: CNN, Eric Levenson