Post Falls man accused of strangling wife, daughter appears in court



Posted on July 10, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 10 at 9:43 AM

POST FALLS, Idaho -- A man accused of killing his wife and daughter made his first appearance in court Wednesday.

Post Falls Police arrested Angel Morales-Larrana, 24, on Tuesday. Authorities found his 24-year-old wife and 5-year-old daughter strangled to death at the family’s apartment.

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Morales-Larrana appeared calm in the courtroom as a judge read aloud the murder charges he faced.

The prosecutor mentioned testimonies Wednesday from neighbors and friends who said Morales-Larrana admitted to strangling his wife and child.

Witnesses said they also saw him taking his two other children away from the crime scene.

A taxi driver who knows the suspect described him as a “party type,” since he would frequently pick up Morales-Larrana from different homes and bars in the area.

The man said he was surprised to see Morales-Larrana accused of murder.

“He was always awesome. “He was a really cool guy. He always tipped really well,” said Terry Bailey with Coeur D'Alene Taxi. “So it was kind of crazy to read what I read.”

Morales-Larrana is being held on $2 million bond for two counts of murder.

His two other children were taken into protective custody.