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South Coast Man Indicted For The Murders Of His Two Young Children In Mexico

Fiscalía General del Estado de Baja California
Surveillance video of Matthew Taylor Coleman at a Mexican motel with his children shortly before they were murdered.

A federal grand jury has indicted a South Coast man accused of murdering his two young children in Mexico.

Federal prosecutors say Matthew Taylor Coleman of Santa Barbara took his two-year-old-son, and 10-month old daughter to Mexico August 7. His wife filed a missing persons report the next day.

Two days later, a farmworker discovered the bodies of the children off a road about 20 miles south of Rosarito. Coleman was intercepted by FBI agents at the border as he was trying to return to the United States.

In court documents, FBI agents say Coleman confessed to the killings. They claim he said he did it because he believed his children were going to grow into monsters.

He's been charged with two counts of foreign first-degree murder of United States nationals. Coleman is potentially eligible for the death penalty, but there is no word yet on whether the Attorney General will seek it in this case.

Coleman and his wife operated a popular surfing school in Santa Barbara.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.