Teen’s Arraignment Delayed in Deaths of Benicia Family

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The 16-year-old accused of killing his family and then torching their El Dorado County cabin was scheduled to appear before a judge Monday.

Nolen Buchanan's first appearance in court only lasted a few minutes. The teen's arraignment was postponed until next week.

Buchanan was arrested last week in connection to the deaths of his father Adam Buchanan, his father's girlfriend Molly McAfee and their 8-year-old son Gavin.

Last month, the family was reported missing from their Benicia home after the discovery of burned remains at their El Dorado County cabin.

Detectives say the three victims were shot prior to being burned. A motive for the killings is not known at this time.

Nolen Buchanan will be tried as an adult. His new arraignment date is set for Nov. 2. He is being held without bail.

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