Va. Man Convicted of Killing Wife, 3 Stepchildren

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — A Newport News jury has convicted a man on charges that he killed his wife and three stepchildren in 2011.

Media outlets report that John Moses Ragin was convicted Thursday on three counts of capital murder in the children’s deaths and second-degree murder in the slaying of his wife, Crystal Ragin. The circuit court jury also found Ragin guilty of arson and unlawful stabbing.

Prosecutors say Ragin fatally stabbed Crystal Ragin and her children, ages 6, 11 and 15. Their bodies were found in their burned apartment on Aug. 19, 2011. Crystal Ragin was in the military and was assigned to Fort Eustis.

Ragin was arrested the day after the slayings in South Carolina.

Ragin is scheduled to be sentenced Monday.

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