Louisville Family Murders

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A man charged with killing his four young children was ordered held without bail Oct. 7, 2006, after a judge entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

Jefferson District Judge Jacquelyn Eckert set an Oct. 17, 2006, bail hearing for 42-year-old Said Biyad who faces four counts of murder.

Eckert also ordered that Biyad have no contact with his wife, 29-year-old Fatuma Amir, the mother of the children who immigrated from Somalia with her husband, who Biyad allegedly assaulted.

Eckert's order included a prohibition on letters, faxes, e-mails, flowers or contact through a third party.

Police said Biyad had an argument with his estranged wife over the children.

Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Gail Norris said 8-year-old Sidi, a boy; 7-year-old Fatuma, a girl; 4-year-old Khadija, another girl; and 2-year-old Goshany, a girl, were all pronounced dead at 12:02 p.m. Oct. 6, 2006. Norris said each died of multiple sharp force trauma.

Funeral services were scheduled for Oct. 7, 2006, in Elizabethtown, Ky.

Biyad did not speak during the arraignment hearing, which was over in less than three minutes.

Biyad went to police the morning of Oct. 6, 2006, and told officers he had killed his family.

Biyad is charged with four counts of murder and one count of criminal assault.