CANTON, OH (WOIO) - The Canton man accused in Monday's horrific triple slayings has admitted to the murderous rampage.
James Mammone III said he wanted to inflict severe emotional pain on his ex-wife by carrying out the ungodly criminal acts of killing his two children and mother-in law.
Mammone was arraigned Wednesday in a Canton courthouse. The judge left bail at $15-million dollars and set pre-trial for June 15th.
The Prosecutor says that toxicology was not ordered on Mammone at the time of his arrest, suggesting that investigators were not looking for drugs/alcohol as possible contributing factors.
The Chief Investigator for the Stark County Coroner's Office tells 19 Action News the deaths of 57-year-old Margaret Eakin, five-year-old Macy Mammone and her three-year-old brother, James, are now classified as homicides.
Eakin was shot multiple times. Paramedics believed that there were life signs when she was found in her home but she was later pronounced dead at a Canton hospital.
Both children were stabbed multiple times in the neck. Their deaths were instant. They were stabbed while strapped in child seats.
Multiple weapons were recovered from inside the suspect's vehicle.
Meanwhile, the man accused of savagely murdering his young children and former mother-in-law is going nowhere fast.
Mammone is charged with three counts of aggravated murder and one count of aggravated burglary.
Mammone's ex-wife, Marcia, was not injured in the murderous rampage.
Court records show Mammone - after learning last June that his wife wanted a divorce - told Marcia he would put her "in a grave."
According to court records, he pleaded no contest to domestic violence and was sentenced to two years probation.
Marcia had a civil protection order in effect against him. Their divorce was finalized April 17th.