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Family Mourns Victims of Double-Homicide in Tannersville

Disturbing details revealed during preliminary hearing

STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - In court Thursday, prosecutors presented new and chilling information about a violent double-homicide.

Lancelot Fortune, 31, is charged with stabbing his aunt and uncle to death nearly two months ago. State police say it happened at the couple's home on Marcelle Terrace in Pocono Township. Their bodies weren't discovered until days later.

Investigators and family members say mental illness plays a role in this case. According to Lancelot Fortune, his aunt, uncle and father were part of the Illuminati. Fortune believes they were out to kill him, so he had to kill them first.

Sharon and Richard Fells fell in love about 25 years ago.

"They were high school sweethearts. Everything they do, is together," says Jeffery Fortune, victims' brother.

The couple, both in their 50s, looked after their nephew Lancelot Fortune. They even paid rent for his apartment in Stroudsburg.

"They're pretty good people. You could never want something and they ain't give it to you," Jeffery Fortune recalls.

State police say in January, Fortune went to his aunt and uncle's house armed with a knife. He allegedly stabbed Sharon about 18 times in the face and neck while she was reclined on the couch. He admits to waiting for Richard to come home, then stabbing him more than 50 times. One wound even pierced his heart.

"Every morning I get up and pray they're in peace," Jeffery Fortune adds.

Fortune's father says his son was always happy and loving. Then, he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. He's been in and out of psychiatric hospitals since 2011.

"I'd like to see him in a mental institution instead of a prison, getting the meds he needs and the counseling he needs," says Lancelot Fortune's father, Lancelot Fortune Sr.

Prosecutors played Fortune's recorded full confession in court.

He told investigators, after the murders, he stole his aunt and uncles vehicle. Fortune says he went out to eat at Chili's, saw a movie at King of Prussia Mall, and eventually drove to New Jersey. There, he staked out his father's house and planned to kill him, too. Ultimately, he decided not to and drove away.

"To know my son committed this horrific act, it's not something people go through every day that you can reason with," Lancelot Fortune Sr. explains.

On the stand, troopers testified that the victims tried fighting back in the final moments of their lives.

Both had defensive wounds on their hands.

After Thursday's preliminary hearing, the charges against Fortune were bound over to county court.


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