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‘Um, I Just Massacred My Whole Family': Man Allegedly Confesses To Killing Multiple Relatives
All of the family members Christopher Stokes allegedly admitted to killing were under the age of 18. Stokes' on-and-off girlfriend was also shot to death in the slayings.
A Wisconsin man allegedly confessed he murdered some of his relatives, telling authorities, "Um, I just massacred my whole family."
Christopher Stokes made two calls to 911 the morning of the killings Monday, telling operators, "The gun is still upstairs with the bodies," and "I just killed my whole family with my Mossberg," according to a criminal complaint obtained by local outlet Fox 6.
Officers responding to the call allegedly found Stokes outside the house and asked him if he had heard any shots.
"Yeah, I didn't hear them. I did them," he responded, the complaint states.
Five people were found dead inside the home from apparent gunshot wounds, and a total of 12 spent shotgun shells were recovered throughout the house, according to WDJT. Investigators found a 12-gauge Mossberg shotgun alongside a number of other live rounds.
The victims include Stokes' son Demetrius Thomas, 14, Stokes' stepdaughter Tiera Agee, 16, Stokes' niece Lakeitha Stokes, 17, nephew Marcus Stokes, 18, and Stokes' on-and-off girlfriend Teresa Thomas, 41.
A motive in the case has not been disclosed.
"He killed his son — his own son," Linda Hines, a relative of the victims, told Fox 6. "It didn't seem like he was having no problems."
Other family members expressed their grief and confusion.
"My sister was Teresa Thomas. My nephew was Demetrius Thomas. My niece was Tiera — and I am distraught. I need to know what is going on. I am confused. I'm trying to figure out how you kill five people," Teresa's brother Johnny Hall said, according to the outlet.
On Thursday, the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office issued five counts of first degree intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon against Stokes, the Milwaukee Police Department said in a press release. If found guilty on all counts, Stokes potentially faces five sentences of life in prison.
No attorney was listed for Stokes in online court records, according to the Associated Press.
Stokes has a notable criminal history, having pled guilty in 2007 to felony battery, felony bail jumping, and felony intimidation of a witness. He has also pled guilty to a number of other domestic violence charges, according to the AP.