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John Dalton Jr. triple-homicide case bound for trial

Posted: 1:37 PM, Jan 31, 2018
Updated: 2018-01-31 19:37:24Z

A man accused of killing three of his relatives will be moved to trial.

Douglas County Judge Craig McDermott said Wednesday there was enough evidence to move John Dalton Jr.'s case to district court.

In court, an Omaha Police detective testified that Dalton fired two shots through his parent's front door the day after Christmas.

Dalton's mother, Jean, was found dead in the living room and had been shot four times. Officers found Dalton's father, John Dalton Sr., in a bedroom with five gunshot wounds. His niece, Leonna Dalton-Phillip was found shot dead in a closet.

Prosecutors say Dalton-Phillip's 6-year-old sister — John Dalton Jr.'s niece — was inside the home when the murders occurred . The detective testified she was upstairs when the shooting happened then hid under a couch, but said managed to see that it was "Uncle J.J." who killed everyone.

John Dalton Jr. allegedly didn't show up to work the next day or his Omaha home. Authorities pinged his vehicle in Tennessee, where he was taken into custody two days later.

Prosecutors have discussed seeking the death penalty against Dalton, but a decision hasn't been made yet.