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Felon accused of stabbing parents to death with samurai swords over money

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A man allegedly stabbed his elderly parents to death with samurai swords inside their DeKalb County home Thursday. And police on Friday said the murders resulted from an argument over money.

The victims have been identified as 75-year-old Calvin Ray, Sr. and 73-year-old Betty Ray, according to DeKalb County police. The couple has been stabbed multiple times.

“It’s a pretty horrific scene inside,” DeKalb police Chief Cedric Alexander said, according to media reports.

A family member found the bodies inside a bedroom around 4 p.m. after stopping by to visit them at their home at 3108 Pheasant Drive, off Boring Road, police said. Investigators believe they may have been dead for several hours.

The suspect, Calvin Ray Jr., 39, allegedly left the home in a family vehicle, and was arrested about two hours later at nearby Chapel Hill Park after police issued a lookout on the vehicle, police spokesman Capt. Steven Fore said. He was charged with two counts of murder, Fore said.

The killings reportedly stemmed from an argument about money, Fore said. But he could not provide specific details.

Investigators found the swords inside the home, but they declined to comment on how many swords were used in the killings except to say there was more than one.

Ray has a criminal record and is a convicted felon, according to the state Department of Corrections. He was released from state prison in December 2011 after 20 months following a conviction on aggravated assault and weapon charges, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Fore said officers have responded to the home before in 2007. At that time Ray was wanted for an aggravated assault that occurred on Columbia Drive earlier after hen he shot a man in the arm, Fore said. He fled to his home, but surrendered to police after a SWAT standoff. His parents had left the home during the standoff, Fore said.