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Man accused in Rockford assault resulting in 4 fatalities to appear in court again

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ROCKFORD, Sick. (AP) — A northern Illinois man charged with killing 4 people and injuring seven others by stabbing, beating, and driving over them is predicted back in court on Tuesday.

A judge in the town of Rockford is predicted to think about prosecutors’ request that Christian Soto remain jailed pending trial.

The 22-year-old appeared briefly in court on Thursday, a day after the attacks in Rockford and his arrest. His defense asked for more time to arrange for the hearing.

The Winnebago County Public Defender’s office, listed as Soto’s representative in court documents, has not returned messages from The Associated Press in search of comment on his behalf.

A girl who identified herself as Soto’s sister last week declined to comment to the AP.

The Winnebago County coroner on Thursday identified those killed as 63-year-old Romona Schupbach; 23-year-old Jacob Schupbach; 49-year-old Jay Larson; and 15-year-old Jenna Newcomb.

Authorities last week described a series of frenzied attacks inside minutes at multiple addresses in a Rockford neighborhood, but said they’d not determined a motive.

Winnebago County State’s Attorney J. Hanley said Soto told police after his arrest that he had smoked marijuana with Jacob Schupbach and believed the drugs “were laced with an unknown narcotic” that made him paranoid.

Authorities have said Soto first stabbed Schupbach and his mother then violently attacked other people in the world and inside other homes. They said he beat, stabbed, and used a truck to run over Larson, who was working as a mail carrier; wounded three people inside one home; and beat Newcomb, her sister, and a friend with a baseball bat inside one other home.

Authorities said Winnebago County sheriff deputies arrested Soto as he fled from one other home where he had stabbed a lady and had been slowed down by a person driving by who stopped to intervene.

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