Update – Prosecutors have charged the suspect in the deaths of four people at a property management company in North Dakota with four counts of murder.
Chad Isaak, 44, was arrested Thursday, days after the killings at the RJR Maintenance & Management company, according to Mandan Police Chief Jason Ziegler.
He made his initial appearance in court Friday where a judge explained the charges to him and set his bail at $1 million.
Isaak was not asked to enter a plea. He replied, “Yes, sir,” several times when he was asked at various points whether he understood what the judge had said.
CNN reached out to Robert Quick, Isaak’s attorney, but didn’t receive an immediate response.
In court, Quick argued for a smaller bail amount, saying Isaak has no prior criminal history and has lived in the community most of his life.
The maximum sentence in North Dakota is life without parole. There is no death penalty.
MANDAN, N.D. -Police have arrested a suspect in the deaths of four people at a property management company in North Dakota.
Chad Isaak, 44, was arrested Thursday on four counts of felony murder days after the slayings at the RJR Maintenance & Management company, according to Mandan Police Chief Jason Ziegler.
The bodies of three men and one woman were found around 7:30 a.m. on Monday. They were identified as owner Robert Faklar, 52, and employees Adam Fuehrer, 42, Lois Cobb, 45, and William Cobb, 50. Two of the victims were husband and wife, police said Tuesday.
Initially, police did not know how they died, but Ziegler announced with the arrest that they were stabbed and shot.
Hours of video surveillance led police to the arrest. Investigators were able to identify the vehicle of a suspect, Ziegler said. Authorities found the vehicle and executed a search warrant while Isaak was detained, Zielger said, which turned up evidence that allowed officers to arrest him.
The motive for the murders is still unknown, Ziegler said, and the investigation is still ongoing.
RJR is a property maintenance and management company and has posted several short statements on Facebook saying it’s closed Monday and Tuesday.
“We will be spending this time discussing our process to move forward and grieve the great losses,” the company said.
The company plans to hold a news conference on Friday.