CALLOWAY COUNTY, KY (KFVS) - A Mayfield man charged with murder after a family of four was found dead in an arson fire in Calloway County pleaded not guilty on Tuesday.
Pascasio Y. Pacheco Arellano, 21, of Mayfield, Ky. is charged with burglary 1st degree, four counts of murder, arson 1st degree, and tampering with physical evidence.
Arellano is a relative to the family, two adults and two small children, who were found dead after a house fire on Nov. 17. According to the family, he is Bulmaro Arellano's nephew.
Court documents led police to Pascasio Arellano's house in Mayfield after family members recorded a conversation with Arellano revealing his alleged involvement with the crime.
Detectives met with Pascasio Y. Pacheco Arellano on Saturday, Nov. 21. They noticed he was injured and took him to a hospital for treatment where he was admitted.
Court documents state clothes and a car floor mat covered with blood were also found inside the house.
After he was released from the hospital on Monday, police arrested him and took him to the Calloway County Jail.
Arellano appeared in court for an arraignment on Tuesday morning without an attorney.
The county attorney asked that no bond be set for Arellano based on the "horrifying facts" surrounding the case.
The judge denied his bond.
In a preliminary hearing December 2 in Calloway District Court, Judge Randall Hutchens found probable cause in a quadruple murder case and ordered the case bound over to a Calloway County grand jury.
Officials investigating the arson in Calloway County, Ky. say the two adult victims died from gunshot wounds.
Calloway County Coroner Rick Harris ruled each of the four deaths as a homicide, based on preliminary autopsy results.
Harris said Bulmaro Arellano had multiple gunshot wounds. Marisol Hernandez had one gunshot wound and the two children's conditions are pending additional study.
According to KSP, it is believed both children died from smoke inhalation; however, further testing is being conducted for verification.
Police say the investigation shows that the fire in the home was intentionally set to cover up the murders.
Christina Arellano, Bulmaro Arellano's cousin, released this statement:
Police report fire crews were called out to a home on Highway 121, a half mile from Murray, around 9:44 p.m. on Nov. 17.
At first, a woman was found dead. After firefighters put the fire out, three more bodies were discovered in the home.
According to the Calloway County Coroner Rick Harris, the people killed in the fire include: Bulmaro Arellano, 29, Marisol Hernandez, 24, a 5-year-old boy, and an 18-month-old girl.
According to police, firefighters found Marisol Hernandez inside of the home with what appeared to be a gunshot wound. Her husband, Bulmaro Arellano, and their two children were also found dead inside of the home.
Investigators combed the house inside and out looking for clues.
Funeral for all four family members were Sunday.
Kentucky State Police, Kentucky State Fire Marshal, Calloway County Sheriff's Office, Calloway County coroner and local firefighters and investigating.
Neighbor, friend remembers family-oriented couple
The family just celebrated their wedding this past summer and neighbors say they were working on building a life in Murray.
"They seem like a young couple that were happy and trying to do things right."
Edwina Keys, the couple's neighbor and a guest at their wedding, said the family of four was happier than ever, often seen outside in the front yard as a family.
"Just an active, normal little boy," she said. "A family-oriented family."
Keys is disturbed that this could happen so close to home.
Relatives coming to grips with loss of family of four
We sat down with two family members on Thursday to talk about how they're coming to grips with their loss.
"You never expect for somebody to do that to little kids."
The sister and niece of Bulmaro Arellano are grieving for the lives they say were taken too soon. But both women, who asked us to conceal their identity, say they find peace in witnessing the pair live out their dreams of becoming husband and wife and to start a family.
"We think that was a way for them to get closer to God, so we know that they were close with him."
The couple met when Marisol Hernandez was still in high school. They were head-over-heels for each other from the start.
They celebrated their recent nuptials on their honeymoon to Disney World by bringing along their two young children.
"The boy, he was a very happy person and the girl was just a loving, loving little lady."
The two hope that by sharing their loved ones' story, it prompts someone to come forward with information about their deaths so that the family can find closure.
"The prayers, that has been helping us a lot."
The family has created a GoFundMe account to pay for funeral expenses. You can click here for more information.