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A TEENAGER has appeared in court accused of stabbing his grandparents to death.
19-year-old Tobyn Salvatore, also known as Jay Fell, was charged with murdering Denis and Mary Fell with a knife or similar blade at his home in Livingston.
Police found the couple dead in their home on December 26
Police found the bodies of the 73-year-old on December 26 after breaking down the door of his Raeburn Rigg home.
It is understood that the police officers had been alerted to an incident on the property and arrived to find the two retirees dead.
Salvatore appeared at the request for custody in Livingston Sheriff’s Court Wednesday on two counts of murder.
Kevin Dugan, defending, did not make any statement on his behalf.
Sheriff Peter Hammond turned Salvatore over for further examination and took him into custody.
The defendant is expected to appear a second time in court for his full sentence within eight days.
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Salvatore, who was arrested Monday in connection with the double tragedy.
The event came a day after police released a picture showing Denis and Mary, who was disabled, celebrating an anniversary holding a black and white photo of their wedding.
Yesterday, officers released an image showing the couple celebrating a recent wedding anniversary while holding up a photo taken on their wedding day.
His bodies were found at 11:40 pm on Saint Stephen’s Day after police forced entry to the house.
Since the discovery, a tent has been pitched at the gate and forensic officers have been seen walking in and out of the Raeburn Rigg home.
Detectives have not released any details about how the couple died or how long they were there before being discovered.
Dozens of locals have paid tribute to the well-known elderly couple.
One said: “They have been here for more than 20 years and everyone in the area knows who they are.
“They would always say hello and Denis would push Mary in her wheelchair.
“Mary’s disability did not prevent them from leading a normal life.”
She added: “They went in the car regularly and she had her own handicap parking space. They both enjoyed life. It’s very sad.”
Another neighbor, Wilma Stewart, took to social media to write: “The nicest and friendliest couple you can ever meet.
“Heartbreaking. Thoughts are with family and friends at this sad time.”
Supporters also left flowers and handwritten tributes with a message that read: “Such a lovely couple. Rest in peace.”
DCI Kevin Houliston of the Scotland Police Lead Investigation Team, who is leading the investigation, assured the public that the incident had been “contained”.
He added: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr. and Mrs. Fell and all those affected by this tragic incident.
“A continued presence can be seen in the area as officers continue their investigations, but this was a contained incident and there was no risk to the general public.”