Accused Chesterfield murderer had prior convictions for abusing family members

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A Chesterfield County man is behind bars and charged with murder after police say he killed three people in a home on the Richmond–Chesterfield line. 

28-year-old Carl Hughes, IV faces three-counts of first degree murder after Chesterfield police went to a home in the 3200 block of Walmsley Boulevard and found the adult victims.
Police still haven't released the names of the victims and are still working on notifying family.
Meanwhile, NBC12 did some digging and found Carl Hughes, IV is no stranger to police. He has faced numerous charges in the past.

Carl Hughes, IV, or "Kane" Hughes, as he's known, mumbled throughout court proceeding as three-first degree murder charges were read.

Family friends, like Samantha Duran, are still reeling.

"It's just shocking," Duran says. She grew up with Hughes' sister.  

"I don't understand why he would do such a thing," she says.

Chesterfield police say the incident actually started on the Lee Bridge in Richmond. 

Police tell NBC12- a man was trying to commit suicide after saying he had just killed his family. 

That's when they went to Hughes' home on Wamsley Boulevard.  Inside they found the bodies of three adults, people that Hughes knows. 

NBC12 took a look at Hughes' past. 

He has been charged with assault and battery of a family member, according to the Chesterfield County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

There was one charge back in 2010 and another back in January. 

Those charges were set aside in those instances, but he was convicted on assault and battery of a family member in June 2012. 

Duran says she never heard of Hughes' violent side, and remembers good times and sleep overs at the home on Wamsley.

However, she says Hughes recently returned home after living in California, and wonders how things would be if he never came back.
Hughes was given an attorney on Thursday and he'll continue to be held without bond.   

He's held at the Riverside Regional Jail.

His next court date is in December 15th.
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