UPDATE: Search warrants unsealed in Farmville quadruple murder

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FARMVILLE, VA (WWBT) - The Farmville community is buzzing tonight about the capital murder indictments against a California rapper accused of killing four people.

NBC12 obtained nearly fifty pages of court documents, including the seven indictments against the suspect and numerous search warrants. A motive hasn't been released, but the court papers do reveal possible weapons and a number of other items that may help detectives piece together the horrific crime.

"That's a pretty heinous crime," said Farmville resident Brandon Eicher.

Details of the search warrants in the Farmville quadruple murder have left Brandon Eicher almost speechless. Last school semester, he took a criminology class with slain Longwood Professor Debra Kelley.

"I don't see how anybody could do that. How you could be? Yeah, just it blows me away," said Eicher.

Richard "Sam" McCroskey was arrested at Richmond International Airport September 19, one day after police found the bodies of Kelley, her estranged husband Mark Niederbrock, their daughter Emma and Emma's friend Melanie Wells. Nearly two months later, McCroskey is served with seven indictments, including six for capital murder.

"I hope justice is served and he gets what is coming to him," Eicher said.

One search warrant revealed police recovered numerous items from Mark Niederbrock's stolen car including various pills, a folding knife, computer and a Netflix copy of the horror movie "Last house on the left".

According to this search warrant, 98 items were recovered from Debra Kelley's home including a stained ball-peen hammer from a front bedroom and a wood splitting maul from the kitchen. All four victims were bludgeoned. Three of the four bodies were found in a bedroom.

According to a search warrant affidavit, police believe McCroskey may have documented his activities while at Kelley's home using computers, cell phones or cameras. Emma and Melanie's myspace pages are also being reviewed. A search warrant affidavit states Emma met McCroskey through the social networking site.

"I think it's sick and disgusting. You can't really know what his actual motives are or whether it was pre-planned or anything," said Longwood student Sarah Works.

We spoke to the family spokesperson for Debra Kelley's parents; he says the capital murder charges come as no surprise. McCroskey's trial date will be set on January 19.

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