MORRISVILLE, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — The Bucks County Coroner’s Office has released the causes of death for the five people found murdered in a Morrisville apartment last month.
Four of the victims, including three children, died of asphyxiation. The fifth, 42-year-old Jamilla Campbell, was strangled.
Shana Decree, 45, and her 19-year-old daughter, Dominque Decree, have been charged with five counts of criminal homicide for the murder of their family members, and one count of conspiracy.
The two have a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 25.
Campbell is Shana Decree’s sister. And Shana Decree’s own children — 25-year-old Naa’irah Smith and 13-year-old Damon Decree — and Campbell’s 9-year-old twins, Erika and Amani Allen, are among the dead.
According to the criminal complaint, Shana and Dominique Decree initially blamed three men for the murders, but eventually confessed to the killings.
The complaint says Dominique Decree had visible marks on her throat, and repeatedly said she wished to die. Shana Decree is quoted in the complaint saying everyone in the apartment, even the kids, wanted to die.