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Grandma, 3 Kids Killed in Calif.

May 17, 2001

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STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) _ Police hunted on Wednesday for a six-fingered man accused of killing a woman and three of her grandchildren.

The man is the ex-boyfriend of the mother of two of the children.

The San Joaquin sheriff’s office said Rhonda Burks had left her children with their grandmother, Pearl Burks, on Tuesday to go to the courthouse to try to get a restraining order against the man.

Corey Burks, a brother of one of the victims, escaped and called for help.

``We received a frantic phone call from a 10-year-old boy that there were people dead in his house and he was being chased by the killer,″ said sheriff’s Deputy Joe Herrera.

Police searched for Roger Leroy Johnson, 48. He is missing four fingers on his right hand.

Pearl Burks was shot and slashed with a knife. Corey Burks’ sister, Mikhala, 5, was killed, along with a cousin, Bobby Burks, 4. Another cousin, Ashley Burks, 6, was stabbed to death. Investigators did not immediately have the causes of death of the two younger children.

Johnson was not believed to be the father of any of the children, Herrera said.

The shooting occurred at a house on the rural fringe of Stockton, about 85 miles east of San Francisco.

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