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Rochester Hills — A 53-year-old man with a history of mental illness has been arraigned in the slaying of his parents, who were beaten with hammers in their Rochester Hills home.

Jeffrey B. Maurer, who is in the Oakland County Jail, was arraigned Wednesday by video in 52-3 District Court on two counts of homicide.

Judge Nancy Carniak denied bond pending his next court appearance Feb. 3.

William Joseph Maurer, 87, and Gayle Baird Maurer, 85, died of blunt force trauma, according to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s deputies performing a welfare check at a home on East Maryknoll found the couple’s bodies Monday afternoon.

A caller had told authorities she had not been able to contact her mother or father since Saturday.

The caller said the two were living at the home with their son, who has a history of mental illness, with fears that he may have harmed them.

Deputies found the bodies in the home’s garage. One was in the front seat of a car, the other in the back.

Authorities said Jeffrey Maurer was home when deputies arrived. They found him “in a disheveled state” with blood on him, Undersheriff Michael McCabe said earlier this week.

“There’s no doubt he had placed them in the vehicle,” McCabe said. “They were murdered in the house and placed in the vehicle.”

Jeffrey Maurer was arrested in 2000 for domestic violence against his parents and was convicted, the sheriff’s office said.

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