- Associated Press - Friday, June 6, 2014

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A 22-year-old man told authorities he killed three women in their Fort Worth home after one of them awoke to find him burglarizing the residence, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Cedric D. McGinnis Jr. told investigators his ex-girlfriend, 21-year-old April Serrano, admitted him through a window so they could have sex, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

When McGinnis later thought Serrano was asleep Monday, he roamed through the house taking TVs, tennis shoes, change from piggy banks and other items, according to the affidavit.

When Serrano awakened, McGinnis is accused of shooting her in the back of the head with a revolver before shooting and killing her 35-year-old aunt, Kathy de Leon. The affidavit states he also shot his ex-girlfriend’s mother, 48-year-old Cynthia Serrano.

“He ran out of ammunition and Cynthia was still alive,” according to the affidavit written by homicide Detective J. Cedillo. “He then grabbed a knife and stabbed her multiple times until the knife was bent. He then grabbed a larger knife and stabbed her several more times.”

Cynthia Serrano’s husband, James Serrano, discovered the bodies upon returning home from an overnight trucking shift, family members of the victims told The Associated Press.

Detectives questioning family and friends of the victims learned McGinnis was April Serrano’s ex-boyfriend. The detectives found him at the apartment home he shares with his wife in Haltom City, about five miles northeast of Fort Worth. After first insisting that he spent the night before the killings with April Serrano, he later confessed to killing the women, according to the affidavit.

McGinnis’s wife told investigators her husband had told her two days before the killings of his plans to rob his ex-girlfriend and her family at a time he knew James Serrano would not be home.

McGinnis was in Tarrant County Jail with bond set at $1.25 million Friday. He is scheduled to appear in court June 23 and faces multiple capital murder charges. He does not yet have an attorney, court records show.

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