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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Three people accused of killing a husband and wife in Tucson allegedly targeted a Mount Lemmon couple first, a newspaper reported Monday.

The Arizona Daily Star said recently released police reports show the suspects told investigators that they allegedly planned to murder a different couple and steal their car.

Instead, the three suspects are accused of killing Erskin Fulgham, 87, and Mary Fulgham, 83.

Each victim had been stabbed repeatedly and Eskin Fulgham was beaten and stomped, according to authorities.

The victims' bodies were discovered July 23 in their Tucson home.

The three suspects- Kyle Austin Drattlo, 20, Christopher Edward Terry, 23, and Brianna Harding, 21, were found in the Fulgham's stolen car the following day in Nevada and arrested.

Drattlo reportedly is the Fulghams' grandson.

The Nye County sheriff's deputy who stopped the trio for speeding in Tonopah, Nev., said Drattlo ``insisted he had permission from his grandmother to borrow the car.''

Terry told the deputy they were going to a big family reunion in Wyoming, but the deputy said ``the highway they were on was the wrong way to drive to Wyoming.''

Drattlo, Terry and Harding all have pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder, burglary, armed robbery, aggravated robbery and theft of a means of transportation.

Evidence at the scene showed the three tried to break into the Fulghams' safe before leaving, but succeeded only in breaking off the handle.


Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.azstarnet.com

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