CARROLL, N.Y. (WIVB) - Four people have been arrested in connection with a Town of Carroll home invasion and double homicide.
Officials released the names of the suspects and the victims Thursday afternoon. The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office says they "do not feel this was random."
"I will say in 34 years of law enforcement, this is one of the most disturbing and troubling incidents I've seen," said Sheriff Joseph Gerace.
Authorities say husband and wife 66-year-old Gordon Skinner and 59-year-old Joyce Skinner both died during the home invasion on Wheeler Hill Road, but are not saying how they were killed. Sheriff Gerace did say the couple was not shot.
David Coggins, 34, Ricky L. Knickerbocker, 18, Steven W. Todd, 18, and Joshua A. McCormick, 21, have been arrested and are being held pending their arraignment. The sheriff's office found the four 80 miles away in Elmira.
The bodies of the couple were found Wednesday by firefighters who responded to the scene on reports of a fire. They called authorities, who spent the day at the residence investigating.
Authorities have not released a connection between the suspects and the victims, but the Associated Press reports that Coggins is the son of one of Gordon Skinner's cousins.
The four were arraigned Thursday night before Justice Willard Cass in Frewsburg Court. Each is charged with two counts of second degree murder. All four will remain in the Chautauqua County Jail. They are due back in court next Thursday for a preliminary hearing.
Investigators are still processing the scene and are still looking for information, particularly about a gold 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. Authorities have seized the vehicle but say they believe the suspects were traveling in it.
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Lake Effect Snow Warnings return today with the chance for an additional foot for some areas.
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