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Arrest made in California triple slaying

June 20, 2013 at 2:10 PM

MAGALIA, Calif., June 20 (UPI) -- A 72-year-old California man was arrested for the slayings of three people found last week in a burning car north of Sacramento, authorities said Thursday.

Donald Clarke, who lives near Centerville, was picked up by Butte County sheriff's deputies Wednesday and was being held on more than $3 million bail while waiting to face charges of murder and arson.

Clarke was accused of shooting the victims, whose bodies were discovered in a burning car parked on a remote mountain road near Magalia. The vehicle had been reported stolen in Sacramento, the Butte County Sheriff's Office said in a written statement.

KCRA-TV, Sacramento, said two of bodies were found in the trunk. The other was in the back seat. Their identities were still being determined Thursday; however they were believed to be from the Sacramento area.

Deputies did not reveal what led them to Clarke or what his relationship with the victims was.

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