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Man Charged With Killing Parents With Samurai Swords Involved in 2007 Police Standoff

A man is in custody for allegedly using samurai swords to stab his parents to death in their Decatur home. He was released from prison in 2011.

A man is in custody for allegedly using samurai swords to stab his parents to death in their Decatur home. Credit: Screenshot from WSB TV
A man is in custody for allegedly using samurai swords to stab his parents to death in their Decatur home. Credit: Screenshot from WSB TV

A man arrested for reportedly using samurai swords to fatally stab his parents in their Decatur home spent time in prison and was involved in a 2007 standoff with police, according to authorities.

Thursday’s attacks happened at a home on the 3000 block of Pheasant Drive, reports WSB TV. According to police, the suspect is the couple’s 39-year-old son, Calvin Ray Jr.

“It’s a pretty horrific scene inside,” DeKalb police Chief Cedric Alexander told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

A family member who stopped by to visit the married couple found the elderly victims dead in their bedroom around 4 p.m. Thursday. The two may have been dead for several hours, Alexander said.

Investigators said the motive for the attacks may have been money.

Ray allegedly left the home in a family vehicle, and was later taken into custody, without incident, at nearby Chapel Hill Park, according to police.

WSB on Friday reported that Ray is a convicted felon who was released from prison in December 2011 after serving time for aggravated assault and a weapon charge.

Neighbor Dorothy Watkins told WSB that the 2007 standoff was sparked when Ray held his parents hostage. Police say Ray had committed an aggravated assault, then fled to the home where he lived with his parents and held police at bay for hours.

"I guess this is the end of it," Watkins told WSB. "Unfortunately, two people had to lose their lives."

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