WHITE CREEK, N.Y. — An ex-convict with Nazi swastika tattoos has been arraigned on arson and murder charges after the fiery deaths of his mother, stepfather and stepbrother in upstate New York.
White Creek Town Justice Philip Sica says 23-year-old Matthew Slocum was arraigned Thursday evening on three counts of second-degree murder plus first- and second-degree arson.
Slocum pleaded not guilty. He’s been jailed without bail while awaiting a preliminary hearing July 19.
Slocum surrendered in Gilsum, N.H., late Wednesday following a daylong manhunt in three states. Police had been looking for him, his girlfriend and their baby since early Wednesday, when a fire erupted at the White Creek home he shared with his family.
Police say Slocum had been in trouble before in and around his hometown, located amid scenic farmland along the Vermont border.