Ismail Faruqi, 65, and his wife, 60, were slain May 27 inside their Wyncote home. Their daughter Anmar Zein, 27, was stabbed during the attack but survived.
Young, shackled and handcuffed, was led away to the Montgomery County Prison amid unusually heavy security yesterday after District Justice Loretta Leader ordered him to stand trial on murder, manslaughter, assault and other charges. No bail was set.
Police officers - some with shotguns, others with police dogs - were stationed around the District Court building and two were on a rooftop.
About two dozen spectators - including former students of the Faruqis', area Muslim leaders and a Voice of America broadcaster from Indonesia - were searched with metal detectors.
Montgomery County District Attorney Thomas E. Waters Jr. said he would seek the death penalty for Young. Waters also said he was convinced that Young acted alone in the killing. No trial date was set.
In an eight-page statement, Young told police that voices compelled him to stab Isma'il Faruqi because the Temple University professor "was not doing the right thing for the Muslim community," law enforcement sources have said.
Young, 40, who has a fifth-grade education, was arrested Jan. 16 after police matched his fingerprints with prints found in a surgical glove, on a windowsill and on a freezer at the Faruqis' home the day of the attack. A 15- inch serrated survival knife used in the slayings was found near Isma'il Faruqi's body.
An informant - whose identity is still not known by police - called a telephone hotline several days before the arrest, suggesting that Young "was ready to spill his guts and confess," according to Jawad George, an attorney who set up the hotline and spoke to the informant. George said the informant would receive a $50,000 reward if Young is convicted.
Young was in the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center at the time of his arrest, awaiting sentencing in the shooting of his ex-wife. He is still considered a suspect in the March 1982 slaying of Mohammad Aslam, a former major in the Pakistani army, Philadelphia police said.
The Faruqis were internationally known scholars revered by their students at Temple. Young, a Muslim who often drove others to conventions and lectures, was reportedly one of about 4,000 people who attended their funeral.
At the request of Waters and defense attorney Stephen Heckman, Leader dismissed a robbery charge and two counts of attempted homicide.