Monday, April 28, 2014 | 1:40 p.m.
A man accused of killing two relatives and dismembering one of the bodies in their North Las Vegas home has been indicted on murder charges by a Clark County grand jury.
North Las Vegas Police believe Darius Sorrells, 30, killed his mother and sister in late March before taking a chainsaw to one of the bodies and cutting off the legs in a bathtub, according to an incident report. The other body was found hidden beneath a pile of carpet that had been ripped from the floor of the home.
After going missing for at least four days, police found Janice Burden and Natasha Sorrells dead inside their disheveled home in the 6100 block of Stibor Street on March 30. A family friend had unwittingly walked past their decomposing bodies, thinking a sewage line had burst inside the house because a dark, pungent fluid covered much of the floor. It turned out to be blood.
By the time police made the grisly discovery, Darius Sorrells – the key suspect in the slayings ¬–already was behind bars. He was arrested March 29 on unrelated charges after leading officers on a brief chase.
Relatives have suggested to police that Darius Sorrells, Burden's son and Natasha Sorrells' brother, was mentally unstable. He is due in court for a competency hearing Friday and is scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment May 6 in Clark County District Court.
Sorrells remains behind bars without bail.