A man accused of shooting four female family members and then burning down the house they were in turned himself in to police yesterday in Irvington, NJ. Rolando Terrell (known as "Rat Man") is accused of shooting three women and a teenage girl in the NJ town bordering Newark. Two of the women were burned beyond recognition and the 13-year-old girl was shot in the face. A 14-month-old toddler who survived was rushed from the apartment covered in blood by an unknown woman.
Terrell is a reputed member of the Bloods gang was acquitted of murder in the shooting death of a Latin Kings member in a Newark social club in 2002. Police suspect that the murders may have been gang-related as one of the victims who rented the apartment, Candace McLean, has a boyfriend in prison on drug-related charges.
Terrell's lawyer says that he will plead not guilty when he is arraigned this coming Wednesday. He's described as having a nonchalant demeanor when he turned himself in yesterday and even fell asleep as he was being photographed and fingerprinted. He is being held on $2 million bail. Police say he may not have acted alone in the brutal homicides.