|Ma Yongdong, who is accused of murdering his wife and six other family members last year, stands trial at the Pengyang County People's Court in Pengyang, northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, Feb. 17, 2014. Ma confessed to killing his wife, his parents in-law, grandparents in-law and two nieces aged three and one in their home in Wengou Village of Pengyang after he had an argument with his wife, according to the police. The trial began on Monday, and the court will announce the verdict at a later date. (Xinhua/Wang Peng) |
YINCHUAN, Feb. 17 -- A man in northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region pleaded guilty to killing his wife and six of her family members last October, a local court said on Monday.
Prosecutors said Ma Yongdong killed his wife, his parents in-law, grandparents in-law and two nieces in their home in Pengyang on the night of Oct. 14 last year, motivated by a grudge against his father-in-law over marriage and family issues.
Ma pleaded guilty to the seven murders and said he regretted the crime he committed.
More than 100 people attended Monday's hearing, including relatives of the suspect and the victims. The court has not announced a verdict.