John Hummel Triple Murder Indictment; Pregnant Wife Stabbed, Daughter, Father-in-Law Beaten With Bat

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KENNEDALE, Texas (CBS/AP) John William Hummel, who was arrested re-entering the U.S. from Mexico, has been indicted on capital murder charges for the killings of his wife, daughter, and father-in-law, the week before last Christmas.

Photo: Joy Hummel with her daughter, Jody.

Officials say Hummel, 34, of Kennedale, Texas, is charged with fatally stabbing his pregnant wife, Joy, and using a baseball bat in the beating deaths of his 5-year-old daughter, Jodi, and his father-in-law, Clyde "Eddie" Bedford. Officials say he then set the home on fire.

Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty for Hummel, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Authorities say Hummel confessed to the killings. He was arrested Dec. 20 returning to Texas from Mexico.

Kennedale is about 10 miles southeast of Fort Worth.