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Fresno Man, 22, Arrested on Suspicion of Killing His Parents



Fresno police officers found double homicide suspect Julian McElhaney, 22, on the front lawn of his parents' house. (GV Wire File)
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A 22-year-old Fresno man has been arrested on suspicion of shooting and killing his parents at their northeast home, Fresno police said Monday.

Fresno police officers responding to reports of a shooting found the suspect, Julian McElhaney, on the front lawn of the home around 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

His mother, 64-year-old Sylvia McElhaney, was shot to death inside the home and his father, 55-year-old William McElhaney, was dead on the front lawn, police said.

According to police, Julian McElhaney called 911 and said he had killed his parents.

Police identified William McElhaney as a longtime maintenance worker for Clovis Unified School District.

Julian McElhaney was booked into the Fresno County Jail at 4:45 a.m. on Monday, and it’s not known if he has retained an attorney.

Investigators have not released a possible motive for the killings.

DA Files Murder Charges

On Tuesday, the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office filed murder charges against McElhaney.

The DA’s Office said in a news release that it “is currently conducting the necessary analysis on whether to seek the death penalty and will make an announcement on that decision at a later

McElhaney’s arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday morning in Fresno County Superior Court.

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