A MAN has admitted killing a mother, her son and a young mum-of-three – but says he didn't murder the victims.
Anthony Russell has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 58-year-old Julie Williams and her son, David Williams, 32, at separate flats in Coventry on October 25 and October 26 last year.
He also admitted killing 31-year-old Nichola McGregor, whose body was found in woodland near Leamington Spa in Warwickshire on October 29.
But he denied murder and a further charge of rape.
The 38-year-old was arrested in a stolen car in Staffordshire village Rolleston-on-Dove on October 30 after a five-day manhunt.
Russell, of no fixed address, was remanded into custody ahead of his trial at Warwick Crown Court on August 2.
The family of Ms McGregor, who was known by friends as Nicole, 31, released a statement after the death of the mum-of-three.
They said: “We wish to thank people for their well wishes.
"Nicole will be greatly missed.
"We request to be left alone to grieve at this difficult time.”
She was remembered as a "beautiful" young woman.
Her twin Adam wrote on Facebook: "Words can't even express how I'm feeling at the minute.
"For the first time in my life I'm afraid of being alone more then ever.
"Fly high high darling twin.
"RIP twinnie look and watch over us all. Until we meet again."
Detective Inspector Jim Mahon, who is leading the investigation, said: “Our thoughts remain with the families of Julie, David and Nicole as they come to terms with the tragic circumstances of their deaths.
“We want to thank everyone for their assistance with our appeals for information this week, we really appreciate it.
“Our investigation continues and I would urge anyone with information who have not yet spoken to us, to get in touch."
Cops launched a murder probe after the body of David Williams was discovered the day after his mother, Julie, was found dead at her flat in Riley Square, Coventry.
David had been missing for six days before his body was found.
When cops then found the body of Ms McGregor around 11 miles away in woodland in Newbold Comyn near Leamington, they linked the grim discovery to Russell.
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