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Ft. Wayne Man Accused Of Killing Mother, Daughter

Last updated on Tuesday, May 5, 2009

(FORT WAYNE) - A Fort Wayne man is accused of murdering his mother and daughter and leaving their bodies in a Michigan motel room.

40-year-old Johan Vanniekerk was charged Monday with killing his 72-year-old mother and three-year-old child.

Officers found the two bodies Friday after being called to the Marshall Comfort Inn to check on a person's welfare. Fort Wayne police say they began their search for Vanniekerk early that morning following a domestic battery complaint.

He was arraigned in Calhoun County district court in Battle Creek, Michigan on two counts of open murder and one count of first-degree child abuse.

His next court appearance has not been scheduled.

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