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Preliminary hearing held in Slocum triple murder case

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Albany/HV: Preliminary hearing held in Slocum triple murder case
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CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- A preliminary hearing for the man accused of shooting three of his family members before setting their home on fire has wrapped up in Washington County.

Matthew Slocum, 23, waived his right to appear in court Friday, but a judge found there is enough evidence for grand jury action to proceed in the case.

Slocum is facing three counts of second-degree murder for the shooting death of his mother, stepfather and stepbrother.

Investigators said Slocum confessed, but his attorney says he is asking to have that confession tossed out.

Slocum admitted to killing his mother Lisa Harrington, stepfather Dan Harrington, and stepbrother Joshua O'Brien. Each victim was shot in the head with a shotgun. Investigators said he also gave details on how he set the house on fire before leading police on a man hunt with his girlfriend and infant son in the car.

Slocum's attorney says he informed investigators that the 23-year-old was not to be questioned, which he said is reason enough to toss out the confession.

Defense attorney Michael Mercure said, "My position would be that his council can invoke it for him. I think there is very good chance his statements will be suppressed."

Slocum was found fit to stand to trial after another hearing last month.

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