KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A 28 year-old Knoxville man is charged with killing his girlfriend and her young daughter late Sunday afternoon. Jorge Molina-Rivera faces two counts of first-degree murder, according to the Knox Co. Sheriff's Department. He is being held on $2 million bond.
Authorities said they were called to a home on Rogers Island Lane that still under construction shortly before 3:30 p.m. on Sunday where they found the woman and her daughter dead in a van. The names of the two victims are being withheld pending the notification of the family.
Molina-Rivera was also in the found in the van and was unresponsive, officials added. He was taken to UT Medical Center where he was treated for what were described as non-life-threatening injuries and released into the custody of police.
Molina-Rivera reportedly told police during their initial investigation that after an argument with his girlfriend he strangled her and her daughter with a rope.
Molina-Rivera and the victims were found on the property of Dean Rice, Chief of Staff for Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett. Rice says he was at the property on Sunday showing it to family members when deputies arrived. He says he thought the van was there as part of the construction crew.
"We didn't call or discover the crime," Rice said. "We saw the van but there was no indication of a crime. The sheriff's office arrived shortly after that, they were notified, but I don't know how they were notified."
A court date for Molina-Rivera has not been set.