PHILADELPHIA - A preliminary hearing is being held in Philadelphia for a parolee charged in a carjacking that left a mother and three of her children dead.
Prosecutors are asking a judge to uphold four counts of murder against 23-year-old Cornelius Crawford, along with carjacking, sexual assault and other charges.
Police allege that Crawford carjacked a real estate saleswoman after a showing in north Philadelphia, then sexually assaulted her while driving the car. The vehicle veered out of control at a busy intersection, killing a family selling fruit for a church fundraiser.
Prosecutors in Tuesday's hearing read summaries of autopsies on the victims. A police officer testified about finding them unresponsive with the carjacked woman crouched beside the crashed vehicle.
Nineteen-year-old co-defendant Johnathan Rosa earlier waived his right to a preliminary hearing.