Authorities charged a man with killing a "very close associate" and a woman and her two children in their sleep in a Detroit home that neighbors called a hub of drug activity.
Patrick Smith, 31, was arraigned Friday night on four counts of first-degree murder and four counts of felony murder in the deaths of Jason Davis, 34; Lynnette Lawson, 28; and Lawson's children, Alexus Eppinger, 9; and Terrence Eppinger Jr., 5.
A judge entered not guilty pleas on behalf of Smith, who court officials said did not yet have an attorney. He was ordered held without bail.
Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings said Smith "was a very close associate" of Davis.