Mother, Daughter Accused In Robert Morris Apartment Killings Due In Court

(Left) Shana Decree, 47, and her daughter Dominique, 21. Images via Bucks County DA's Office.

The mother and daughter facing murder charges for the killings at Robert Morris Apartments are due in court Monday morning.

Bucks County President Judge Wallace Bateman Jr. will preside over the hearing for Shana Decree, 47, and her daughter Dominique Decree, 21.

Police first found the five bodies packed into a single room in a first floor apartment on Feb. 25, 2019. The story reverberated throughout Bucks County and made national headlines.

Among the victims were two of Shana Decree’s own children: Naa’Irah Smith, 25, and Damon Decree Jr., 13. Police also found the bodies of her sister Jamilla Campbell, 42, and her 9-year-old twin nieces.

All seven of them lived in the same apartment together. Jamilla Campbell’s son Joshua, 17, lived with them as well, but was not there for the killings.

Former Bucks County Coroner Joseph Campbell found most of the victims died of asphyxiation. Only Jamilla Campbell died of strangulation.

Shana and Dominique each face five counts of homicide and one count of criminal conspiracy for the alleged killings. They both pleaded not guilty earlier this year.

Investigators questioned each suspect separately. They gave conflicting accounts to authorities, according to court documents.

Prosecutors with the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office have until Monday to announce whether they would pursue the death penalty for the women. They had previously requested extensions on two separate occasions.