WOBURN, Mass. (AP) _   A Massachusetts man who is accused of killing his family has been ordered to submit a DNA sample to prosecutors.

Thomas Mortimer IV is accused of fatally stabbing his wife, 4-year-old son, 2-year-old daughter and mother-in-law inside the family’s Winchester, Mass., home last June.

During a hearing in Middlesex Superior Court Thursday, prosecutors told a judge that they need a DNA sample so their experts can test it to see it matches physical evidence at the crime scene and items found at a state park in western Massachusetts.

The Boston Globe reports that Judge John Lu ordered Mortimer to provide the sample.

Mortimer, who grew up in Avon, Conn., has pleaded not guilty to four counts of first-degree murder.

Prosecutors have said the slayings followed a fight and “ongoing marital discord.”

Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.boston.com/globe

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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