ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The parents of an American man suspected of killing four extended family members in the Czech Republic find the allegations "incomprehensible," the suspect's lawyer said Wednesday.
Czech authorities suspect California native Kevin Dahlgren, 20, fatally stabbed his aunt, uncle and two cousins in the city of Brno earlier this month.
Dahlgren remains jailed in Alexandria after a brief status hearing Wednesday in federal court.
Dahlgren's lawyer, Theodore Simon, declined to answer questions about the case after the hearing. But he said he spoke with Dahlgren's parents in California, Wayne and Sandy Dahlgren, and they find it "incomprehensible, unimaginable and impossible" to believe their son was responsible.
"They emphatically do not believe Kevin is responsible," Simon said.
Court papers indicate Dahlgren had only been living with his aunt and uncle in Brno since April 30. He was arrested May 23 at Dulles International Airport. Czech authorities believe the killings occurred just a day or two prior to his arrest.
Dahlgren is not formally charged in the Czech Republic, but prosecutor Patricia Haynes said Dahlgren should remain jailed pending formal processing of a Czech extradition request. She said the Czechs have 60 days to file such a request.
Simon told the judge that he is leaning toward filing a request for bail pending an extradition hearing, but that he has not yet decided for certain. Another status hearing was set for June 6. Haynes told the judge that prosecutors will oppose his release. She suggested it's highly unlikely that Dahlgren would qualify for bail.
In court papers, Haynes wrote that it will ultimately be up to the State Department to decide whether Dahlgren will be extradited and that the U.S. judge can only conduct a limited review. The two countries do have an extradition treaty.
A State Department spokeswoman referred all questions about the case to the Justice Department.