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Man charged with murder of mother and daughter found in burned home

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Posted at 9:50 PM, Dec 08, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-09 03:26:46-05

CVILLE SUSPECT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Monday evening Charlottesville Police announced an arrest in the deaths of Robin  and Mani Aldridge.

Gene Everett Washington, ago 30, was charged with two counts of first degree murder, reports affiliate CBS-19.

Robin Aldridge, 58, and her 17-year-old daughter Mani were brutally beaten in their Charlottesville home Friday night, according to Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo.

Their bodies were found inside their Rugby Avenue home around midnight Friday after crews responded to a house fire there. When firefighters arrived, they found intense flames on the home’s lower level.

Police believe whoever killed Robin and Mani Aldridge, also stole their 2003 Toyota Matrix.  The vehicle was later found at the Barracks West Apartments in Charlottesville.

Robin Aldridge taught at Hollymead Elementary School in Albemarle County. Aldridge worked in the school system for over twenty years. Her daughter Mani was a student at Charlottesville High School.

A press conference is expected Tuesday, police said.