Motive still sought in Tenn. family slayings

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A spokeswoman for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says the state medical examiner's office could reveal next week how a soldier allegedly killed his girlfriend and her two children.

Kristin Helm said Friday that a preliminary autopsy report should be completed the first of next week, but the full report probably won't be revealed for at least 10 weeks.

Matthew Perkins, a 30-year-old U.S. Army recruiter, is accused of killing 26-year-old Stephanie Hershman and her sons, 3-year-old Jathan and 1-year-old Jaylon, in Manchester.

Police said Perkins, of Tullahoma but earlier from Paducah, Ky., told someone Wednesday night that he had killed the family, and the person went to police.

Perkins, who also served in Afghanistan and Iraq, is charged with three counts of first-degree murder.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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