A 24-year-old man pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he killed his former girlfriend and her new boyfriend in her Winnetka-area apartment.
Brian Anthony Gonzales, also known as Brian Hammons, is charged with two counts of murder in the Jan. 17 killings of Emily Fox, 22, of Winnetka, and Jerrad Scott, 24, of La Mesa.
The murder charges include the special circumstance allegations of murder during the commission of a kidnapping and multiple murders. Prosecutors have yet to decide whether to seek the death penalty.
Officers were sent to the 7600 block of Oso Avenue in response to a call reporting an assault with a deadly weapon, said LAPD Officer Aareon Jefferson.
Gonzales allegedly confronted the victims in a hallway of the apartment building. Scott tried to escape while Fox dialed 911, but Gonzales allegedly chased Scott down, brought him back to the scene at gunpoint and killed both of them, according to prosecutors.
Gonzales — who is being held without bail — is due back in a Van Nuys courtroom on June 20.
— Wire reports