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Man Arrested in Slaying of Four Family Members

January 6, 1985

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) _ A couple, their daughter and her child were shot to death while a family friend listened to their screams over the telephone, and the couple’s son was arrested shortly after, police said Sunday.

″A friend of the residents was talking on the phone ... when there were screams and gunshots and the line went dead,″ said Deputy Don Glasgow.

Barry W. McNamara, 36, was arrested shortly after the shootings Saturday and booked for investigation of murder, said Deputy Jim Drinkwater.

The victims were identified by police as McNamara’s father, Elger McNamara, 57; his mother, Florence McNamara, 57; his sister, Diane Trenner, 31, and her daughter, Kellin Trenner, 4.

Authorities could discern no motive for the shootings.

The killings occurred shortly before 7 p.m. at the home in the foothills about 10 miles north of Santa Barbara and about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles. President Reagan’s ranch is about 25 miles to the east.

McNamara was ordered held without bail Sunday, said Drinkwater.

No other suspects were being sought, no one else was in the house at the time of the slayings, deputies said.

One of the victims was found outside the house by deputies who arrived about nine minutes after receiving a call, Drinkwater said. He would not reveal who it was or provide further details, saying investigators did not want to hamper the investigation.

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