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      Alton man pleads guilty to family's murder

      An Alton man on trial for capital murder has pleaded guilty to killing members of his family back in December 2008.

      Roberto Aguirre Rojas appeared for a jury trial before Judge Aida Salinas Flores in the 398th State District Court in Edinburg on Monday morning.

      The trial was supposed to begin at 1:30 p.m. Monday but Rojas pleaded guilty.

      The 45-year-old man is expected to be sentenced at 10 a.m. Tuesday. He faces life in prison or the death penalty.

      Rojas was accused of multiple counts of capital murder following the slaying of three small children, his mother-in-law and the attempted murder of his estranged wife.

      The massacre happened northwest of Alton back in December 2008.

      Rojas told investigators that he did it because of he and his wife were having marital problems.

      His wife Amelia Flores was the sole survivor of the attack. She is now an activist an speaker about domestic violence.

      Action 4 News will post more information as it becomes available.