Former Peninsula resident kills himself in Czech prison

Kevin Dahlgren at a court hearing in the Czech Republic in 2016. AP photo.

From staff and wire reports

A San Carlos man who was convicted of killing four of his Czech relatives today (Jan. 11) killed himself in prison in the Czech Republic, the Czech news agency CTK reports.

The agency says Kevin Dahlgren, 25, took his life in the Valdice prison northeast of Prague where he was serving a life sentence, the maximum sentence in the Czech Republic.

Prison service spokeswoman Petra Kucerova confirmed a prisoner died but gave no details, citing an ongoing investigation.

In 2016, a Czech court convicted Dahlgren of killing his cousin Veronika Harokova, her husband Martin Harok and their two sons Filip and David Harok in their home during his three-week visit to the Czech city of Brno on May 22, 2013.

Dahlgren, who grew up in San Carlos, was detained at Washington Dulles International Airport following the killings and was later extradited to the Czech Republic.

He refused to testify in his 2016 trial, but suggested he was mentally ill and that voices in his head had wanted him “to destroy everything, all the time.”

Judge Michael Zamecnik said that experts acknowledged that Dahlgren was mentally unstable and had a tendency toward aggressive behavior but that he wasn’t mentally ill.

An appeals court upheld the life sentence last year, despite Dahlgren’s repeated claim that he was mentally ill and not responsible for what happened.

Dahlgren went to Heather Elementary School in San Carlos and lived on Mesa Verde Way with his sister Kim, father Wayne and mother Sandy. The family later moved to Granite Bay, where Dahlgren played on his high school football team.