Fresno, California: During a court hearing on Monday, October 17, Judge Michael Idiart ruled that there was enough evidence against 29-year-old Filimon Hurtado for the case to proceed. The next court date has been scheduled for November.
Hurtado has been charged with arson and murder for the death of his 18-month-olf niece, Cataleya Hurtado, and 5-month-old nephew, Calyx Hurtado, at their Fresno home in May.
Hurtado's defense attorneys are said to be preparing an insanity defense. At the same time "the District Attorney's Office is currently conducting the necessary analysis on whether to seek the death penalty and will make an announcement on that decision at a later date."
Hurtado is said to have admitted to starting the fire.
"I poured gasoline at the bottom of the door. I started the fire." His sister-in-law, mother of the children, Ruiz Marin attempted to intervene. "She tried to put it out. She was acting very nonchalant. She didn't know what was wrong. She was asking me what was wrong. I knocked her over and poured gas all over her body."
Hurtado has been charged with attempted murder for the injuries he caused to Ruiz.
When an investigator asked Hurtado if he regretted any of his actions, he reportedly answered saying, "No. This task is much bigger than myself."
He allegedly told investigators that rather than simply committing suicide, he took the actions that he did in order to expose a celebrity human trafficking and cloning ring he claimed to be a victim of dating back to 2017.
"So, 2017, I was at the hookah hanging out with my friends, or these people I thought were my friends- they were celebrities in town- they had light security with them," Hurtado said.
"I was abducted by Millie Bobby Brown and Jake Bongiovi. They f****** took me to the cloning center and they f****** murdered me a few times. They made me do stuff. They took pictures. They teleported me here and there. I don't know if they are cones or not. I couldn't tell you."
"But yeah, I'm not real," Hurtado reportedly told investigators. "I'm really not real. I mean... plastic."
"They are coming for everybody," he went on to say. "They are coming for everybody. They can take you in broad daylight. They can take [and] do things to your family. Probably do things to your real body but you know, I just don't care anymore."
Hurtado is said to have admitted that while being a robot he "still make my choices. I still do what I want" and that he "fears no evil."
According to an article published by the Daily Beast, Hurtado had posted a video to YouTube shortly before starting the fire where he made similar statements.
Citing that video Hurtado is said to have claimed, "It's all tied to the occult."