Friend said Rancho Cordova murder suspect had troubled past, mind

11:50 PM, Oct 25, 2012   |    comments
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RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - A friend of murder suspect Grigoriy Bukhantsov said Bukhantsov displayed unusual behavior leading up to this week's gruesome murders.

Knowing that Grigoriy was connected to three murders scares even his close friends. One friend, who did not want to be identified, said Bukhantsov stayed with him and his family for two months. Bukhantsov had just gotten out of jail last December after serving time for a burglary conviction.

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"He came out of jail, he stayed at his brother for a week, and then he had nowhere to stay. So my mom, let him in," the friend said.

The friend said he was a little concerned with Bukhantsov staying in the home; however, he belonged to a Christian family and they had faith they were safe.

The friend tried to get Bukhantsov to go to church, to abandon his drug habit, and to change his ways. But when that didn't work and when he started acting strangely, the family demanded that Bukhantsov leave.

"He was acting strange. He needed to go," said the friend.

He said Bukhantsov seemed depressed and was also exceptionally angry at his own family.

Despite Bukhantsov's troubled state of mind, the friend was shocked about to learn about the murders.

The friend said Bukhantsov never threatened him or his mother.

The friend was very surprised to learn that there were two restraining orders against Bukhantsov. Both orders were filed against the suspect by the suspect's father. Each time was because Bukhantsov had threatened to kill his own family - threatening to kill each member "like Soltis did to his family."

By Suzanne Phan,

Twitter: @suzannephan


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