A Rhode Island man charged with killing his parents and burying their bodies in their backyard cesspool has been ordered held without bail.

James Soares appeared in Providence District Court on Monday, a day after he was charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of 60-year-old James Soares Sr. and 53-year-old Marian Soares.

Police believe Soares used a garden hoe to kill his parents on July 9, then dragged their bodies to an in-ground cesspool at the Warren home where they all lived.

Police found the bodies Saturday, after using a back hoe to dig up their backyard. Soares was arrested Friday.

In court Monday, Soares said he couldn't afford an attorney, so a public defender would be appointed to him. A bail hearing was scheduled for Aug. 8.

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