Teen charged with killing woman, three kids

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LANCASTER, California (AP) --

Investigators remove a body from a charred house in Lancaster, California.

1 of 2 The Los Angeles County district attorney's office says Corey King of Altadena was charged Friday with four counts of murder with special circumstances. He also was charged with arson and grand theft auto. Prosecutors have not decided whether to seek the death penalty.

Prosecutors allege he stabbed to death Sonya Durfield and her children on Tuesday. Firefighters found their bodies in the burned home in Lancaster, a city about 70 miles north of Los Angeles.

King is being held on $1 million bail.

Authorities called an associate or friend of the victims when he was brought in for questioning on Tuesday.

Earlier Tuesday, Los Angeles County firefighters found the victims in different rooms of their burning house.

The victims showed signs of significant "visible trauma" not associated with the fire, sheriff's Lt. Patrick Nelson said. He declined to elaborate.

"They were sweet little girls," neighbor Margaret Lett told the Antelope Valley Press.

Nelson said the woman's car, with one window smashed, was found in the parking lot of a nearby Wal-Mart store. Investigators believe the parking lot is a secondary crime scene connected with the homicides, Nelson said.

Another quadruple homicide and fire took place in the same area in late June. A woman, her two children and another relative were found beaten and stabbed in their burned house. The woman's ex-husband and an alleged accomplice were arrested and charged with murder and arson.

Elsewhere, authorities in Irvington, New Jersey, entered a burning home Monday and found three people dead and a fourth fatally wounded, and they said the fire apparently was set to cover up a shooting. Two of the victims were teens who were shot in the head.