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Case of man charged in deadly crossbow-related attack put over to Sept. 23

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Police lay first-degree murder charges in connection with crossbow killings
WATCH ABOVE: Police lay first-degree murder charges in connection with crossbow killings – Aug 26, 2016

TORONTO – The case of a man accused of killing his mother and two of his brothers in a bloody crossbow attack has been put over to Sept. 23.

Brett Ryan, 35, is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the attack that stunned a tranquil east-end Toronto neighbourhood last week.

READ MORE: Victims of crossbow-related attack in Toronto were mom, 2 brothers of suspect Brett Ryan

Ryan appeared at a court brief hearing via video link from a Toronto detention centre on Friday.

He wore an orange jumpsuit, stood holding his hands together in front of him and only spoke when asked to tell the court his name.

READ MORE: Woman strangled, 2 men stabbed with crossbow bolt, arrow in Toronto attack: police

Ryan has been charged in the deaths of Susan Ryan, 66, Alexander Ryan, 29 and Christopher Ryan, 42.

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Police say the woman killed in the attack died from ligature strangulation, while one of the men died from a crossbow bolt stab wound to the neck and the other from a single arrowhead stab wound to the neck.

They haven’t said whether the bolt and arrow were shot or used as handheld weapons.

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