COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Two children were murdered in Colorado Springs on Tuesday morning, and their brother has been named the number 1 suspect.
Malik Vincent Murphy, 19, is facing 2 counts of 1st-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder after his siblings, 5-year-old Sophia and 7-year-old Noah, were found fatally stabbed in the basement of a home off Carlisle Street at around 1 a.m.
Murphy's father was also injured. He suffered stab wounds to the neck but was able to hold Malik down until police arrived.
Jefferson Murphy told police that he believed his son had talked about killing in the past, according to the arrest affidavit.
The documents say that Jefferson was asleep with his wife upstairs when he woke up to screaming in the basement of the home on Tuesday morning. He went to investigate and was attacked by Malik.
Following his arrest, Malik told police that he often has "homicidal ideations." He also admitted to purchasing the knife that he used to kill his two siblings at a Wal-Mart months before.
Malik planned to kill his family and bury them in the backyard so he could be alone, according to the arrest affidavit.
He told police that he stabbed his younger brother and sister three times each.
To read the affidavit, click here.
We know the family had only been living at the home off Carlisle for about a year. Most of the other family members live in Nebraska.
The two killed were students at Edison Elementary School. One was in kindergarten and the other was a 2nd grader.
Malik's Criminal Past
This isn't Malik's first run-in with police. At the end of March, he was arrested for arson after setting a vehicle on fire in the middle of a field in Effingham, Illinois.
KRDO NewsChannel 13 spoke with 97.9 XFM in Effingham on the crime, and a journalist there said it stood out to him that instead of leaving the scene after setting the vehicle on fire, Malik stayed to watch it burn.
We learned that the vehicle Malik set on fire was his parents, who were living in Colorado at the time.
Malik was arrested on charges of arson and criminal damage to property and was being held at the Effingham County Jail with a bail of $7,500.
His case was dismissed in late August, according to 97.9.
The Effingham County State's Attorney Bryan Kibler said the County acknowledged Malik had several mental health problems and that he was supposed to be taking medication, but he didn't have a criminal history prior to the arson incident. Kibler added that Malik's parents asked that their son not be charged and if Malik could prove he would undergo treatment, then the case would be thrown out.
Kibler said that Malik had attended at least a dozen counseling sessions since the arson investigation and that Malik was planning on re-enrolling in school and was attending Pike's Peak Community College.
Malik's mother then traveled from Colorado to Effingham to pick him up.