August 18, 2014 1:05 pm

Accused in Castor triple homicide make first court appearance

WATCH ABOVE: Two men charged in the murder of a central Alberta family made their first court appearance Monday morning. Fletcher Kent reports.

RED DEER — A man charged in the deaths of his parents and sister appeared via video conference to hear charges read in Red Deer provincial court Monday.

Jason Klaus, 38, looked sombre as he and co-accused Joshua Gregory Frank, 29, were each formally charged with three counts of first-degree murder and one count of arson.

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The remains of Klaus’s father and sister, Gordon and Monica Klaus were found in the rubble of a burned-out farmhouse in Castor, Alta. in December.

The body of his mother, Sandra Klaus, wasn’t found but RCMP have said that they believe she also died in the fire.

Relatives of the Klaus family asked for privacy as they left the courthouse. “It’s been a lot to digest,” one said.

Klaus and Frank are scheduled to make their next appearance Sept. 17. They’re in custody at the Red Deer Remand Centre.

Emergency responders found the family’s dog shot dead outside the home.

RCMP say they are not looking for any other suspects.

With files from the Canadian Press

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