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Man accused of killing wife, mother-in-law ordered held without bond

Ricky Gardin-Gonzalez appeared before a judge in Thurston County Superior Court on Monday. (Photo: KOMO News) 

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Domestic violence double murder suspect Ricky Gardin-Gonzalez appeared before a judge in Thurston County Superior Court on Monday.

He has been in the hospital for a month after reportedly trying to take his own life by shooting himself in the neck.

Gardin-Gonzalez has officially been charged with two counts of homicide, assault, kidnapping and assault on a child. He is in a wheelchair and unable to talk apparently because of the wound to the neck.

This is the first time he has appeared in public since the horrific scene unfolded at the victim's Lacey home four weeks ago. That is when the police found the victims Rachel Gardin-Gonzalez and her mother, Kimberly Redford, shot. Both died.

He was arrested after a high-speed chase with his son and stepdaughter inside the car. Police say he was firing shots at them, but they didn't return fire because of the children.

Lacey police believe the motive for the killings was revenge for a failed marriage and the effort by Rachel and her mother to get the family moved out of state away from the suspect.

The judge ordered Gardin-Gonzalez held without bail which is a highly unusual, but the prosecutor said this is a highly unusual case and the charges may be increased to aggravated murder.

This is a case that has really rocked this area and brought to light again the fact that Rachel had a no-contact order. The suspect had been jailed once for violating it, but got out and then the shootings happened.

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