- A California man charged with killing his children with a spear could face the death penalty.
- Matthew Coleman was indicted on two counts of foreign first-degree murder of US nationals.
- The father was a believer of the QAnon conspiracy theory and thought his kids would become monsters.
Matthew Coleman, 40, was indicted on two counts of foreign first-degree murder of US nationals on Wednesday, relating to the deaths of his 2-year-old son and 10-month-old daughter.
“There are no words to describe the profound grief that envelops an entire community when a child is murdered,” acting US Attorney Randy Grossman said in a press release announcing the indictment. “The Department of Justice is determined to achieve justice for these victims and their loved ones.”
Grossman said he has yet to decide whether to seek the maximum death penalty or life imprisonment and fines up to $250,000.
According to the criminal complaint filed in August, Coleman allegedly traveled to Rosarito, Mexico, in the family’s Mercedes sprinter van, with the two young children.
His wife, Abby Coleman, became concerned that he had not brought a car seat for their youngest and alerted police.
In his interview with investigators, Coleman told them he had murdered his children with a spearfishing gun and disposed of their bodies in bushes nearby.
The surfing instructor and devout Christian apparently also told investigators that he was “enlightened by QAnon and Illuminati conspiracy theories” and that he was “receiving visions and signs,” the complaint said.
He believed that his wife, Abby Coleman, possessed serpent DNA and passed it on to his children and that they would turn into “monsters.”
Coleman, who lived in Santa Barbara and ran a surfing school with his wife, appeared to have an idyllic life on social media, VICE reported. The 40-year-old father was deeply religious and loved by the community.
QAnon is a far-right conspiracy theory with a base that has swelled since 2017. It includes a decades-old delusion about lizard-people taking over the earth.
Another hearing is scheduled to take place on September 21.