Truck Driver Accused Of Brutally Murdering His Family Says He’s Innocent
West Chester Township, Ohio – A truck driver facing four charges of aggravated murder for allegedly slaying his wife and 3 in-laws says he is innocent of the charges against him, according to his attorney.
37-year-old Gurpreet Singh was taken into custody on Tuesday, July 2nd in a Walmart parking lot in Branford, Connecticut, according to Butler County, Ohio officials.
Authorities say Singh killed his wife, 39-year-old Shalinderjit Kaur, in their West Chester apartment on April 28, 2018.
Kaur’s parents and aunt were also brutally executed, according to investigators.
Newly released Butler County Court records say Singh used a 9mm handgun and shot each of the victims multiple times.
Officials say Singh shot the victims a total of 16 times, including his wife three times in the head, and his father in-law eight times in the head.
Singh placed a 911 call alerting the authorities to the scene on April 28.
Authorities reportedly questioned Singh at the scene and took blood, DNA samples, and Singh’s clothes.
An autopsy performed on the victims was released in May and revealed rigor mortis had set in on each of them before authorities were alerted to the discovery of their bodies.
Singh claims he discovered his family members dead after arriving home from his work as a trucker.
Singh appeared before a Connecticut judge last week and waived his right to further proceedings on the arrest warrants from Ohio.
He was in Connecticut to attend a wedding with his children at the time of his arrest, according to his attorney, Charles H. Rittgers.
Singh did not enter a plea, but Rittgers indicated Singh told him he was innocent of the charges, according to multiple published reports.
“As far as I am concerned, he is innocent,” Rittgers said.
Rittgers described Singh as “in shock” when he returned to his apartment on April 28 and found his family members killed.
“Immediately after discovering his loved ones dead they (police) interrogated him for (hours), releasing him at four or five in the morning,” Rittgers said.
Further, Rittgers claims Singh told him their was evidence of “forced entry” into his apartment.
“Who would do this, is what he (Singh) said,” according to Rittgers.
Additionally, Rittgers said Singh believes the murders could have been a revenge killing.
According to Rittgers, Singh told him that his father-in-law had taken a job at a nearby convenience store and had been embroiled in a conflict with some people in the weeks leading up to the killings.
Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser has been very tight-lipped about the evidence in the case.
At a press conference earlier this month announcing the charges against Singh, Gmoser said, “There will be a day of reckoning in respect to this case.”
Rittgers said he is eager to get a look at the evidence and begin preparing Singh’s defense.
International Attention Is On This Case
This case has garnered international attention, specifically in India, where Singh and his wife married before immigrating to the U.S. in 2002 and settling in Ohio.
Numerous published reports from Indian media outlets indicate Singh and his wife had disputes over property.
Further, a report by tribuneindia.com reveals family members allege Singh “was an addict and had illicit relations” with other women which strained the couple’s marriage of 17 years.
According to that same report, Kaur’s parents had traveled to the U.S. to visit her in an effort to help the couple mend their fractured relationship.
Numerous published reports also allege Singh was involved in an affair with a woman in Indianapolis, IN at the time of the alleged murders.
In the days following the deaths, Singh moved to Indianapolis where he now has a home address.
Transportation Nation Network will continue to follow the case.