The Turlock Police Department has released the cause of death of the victims from the murder-suicide on Red Oak Court in June and the one responsible for the deaths of the others.
The investigation has revealed that Rodney Bowman, 39, was responsible for the deaths of his parents Sarkis Babakhan, 78, and Rozmary Babakhan, 70. The parents died as a result of multiple stab wounds, as determined by the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office.
Bowman died due to exposure to smoke and toxic chemicals generated from a fire that had been intentionally started in the home on the 3000 block of Red Oak Court.
Bowman’s brother, Robert Babakhan, 42, who was disabled, died as a result of unintentional exposure to smoke and toxic chemicals that had been present in the home after the fire had extinguished itself.
No motive has been established at this time.
The press release from the Turlock Police Department does not reveal many details of the “element of arson” that had been originally reported. However, it is known that the fire extinguished itself before spreading to any neighboring homes.
The first victim was discovered dead by a relative on June 26 at approximately 10 p.m. Police were immediately called and discovered the rest of the victims in the residence on the 3000 block of Red Oak Court. The relative had become concerned after not hearing from the family for some time.
At the time, authorities said the bodies had been in the home for at least 24 hours before they were discovered, but it is still unknown exactly how long they were decomposing.
The Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office had trouble identifying the victims, and were only able to identify Bowman through fingerprints. Rozmary and Robert Babakhan were identified through dental records, while Sarkis Babakhan could only be tentatively identified through dental records.