Damian Karlik, the man convicted of murdering six members of the Oshrenko family, insisted on standing up and addressing the Central District Court on Thursday, as state prosecutors asked judges to hand down six consecutive life sentences, the maximum punishment possible under the law.
Speaking in Russian, Karlik told the court he wanted to "express his condolences" to the Oshrenko family.
"I read the protocols from the last court hearing and I understand that I've been convicted of these terrible crimes," Karlik said. "But I never killed. I don't deny being present at the events, but I did not kill."
39-year-old Karlik was convicted of the October 2009 murders of Ludmilla and Edward Oshrenko, both 56, their son Dmitry and his wife Tatiana, 32 and 28, and their children Revital, three, and Nataniel, three months old.