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A 34-year-old man accused of the ax killings of his grandparents, who were found dead in the Glendale home the three shared, pleaded not guilty to capital murder charges Monday.

Nathaniel Wayne Scheiern has been held without bail since his arrest July 2 in connection with the killings of 82-year-old Verna Scheiern and 77- year-old William Scheiern.

The murder charges include the special circumstance allegation of multiple murders, but prosecutors have yet to decide whether to seek the death penalty.

The criminal complaint alleges that Scheiern killed his grandparents on or between June 24 and June 25. Police officers found the home’s front door open and discovered the bodies on June 28 after getting a call from a concerned family member who had not heard from the couple.

Scheiern — who was living with his grandparents — was not at the residence when the bodies were found. Authorities subsequently learned that he had been hospitalized after a single-car crash June 25 on a freeway in Santa Clarita.

A preliminary hearing to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to proceed to trial is scheduled for Nov. 19.

— City News Service 

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