COLORADO SPRINGS – Malik Murphy, age 19, has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity as he’s charged with the fatal stabbings of his younger siblings last year.
Earlier this year, a judge ordered Murphy to be evaluated by a psychologist to determine if he is competent to stand trial.
He’s facing six total counts including two counts of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder in connection to the stabbings early in the morning of October 17, 2017.
According to police, he planned to “kill his entire family and bury them in the backyard.” That night 5-year-old Sophia Murphy and 7-year-old Noah Murphy were killed where they slept in the family home on Carlisle St.
Murphy allegedly attacked his father as he reacted to screaming from the room the children shared. The father was stabbed in the neck, yet still managed to overpower the teen until police arrived.
When being questioned by police the father told officers his son had “talked about doing this previously.”