Two men were charged Tuesday with the fatal shootings of a married couple and another man, whose bodies were found inside a Fullerton home after one of the couple’s young children called police and said her parents were dead.
Josh Charles Acosta, 21, of Fort Irwin, Texas, and Frank Sato Felix, 25, of Sun Valley, were charged with three counts of murder, with the charges including the special circumstance allegation of committing multiple murders.
The allegations makes them eligible for the death penalty, but prosecutors have not yet decided whether to seek death for the pair.
Prosecutors contend the defendants entered the home of 39-year-old Jennifer Goodwill-Yost and her husband, 34-year-old Christopher Yost, on Saturday morning, killing the couple and their friend, 28-year-old Arthur William Boucher. Acosta is the alleged the gunman, prosecutors said.
There was no immediate word on what prosecutors have decided to do in the case of an unidentified 17-year-old girl, who was also arrested in connection with the case.
Acosta and Felix, who are being held on $1 million bail each, were scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.
The juvenile is in custody at the Orange County Juvenile Hall.
At 8:21 a.m. Saturday, police received a call from a child “indicating that her parents had died,” said Fullerton police Sgt. Jon Radus.
Responding officers went to a home in the 400 block of South Gilbert Street in Fullerton and found two men and a woman dead inside. They also located two children inside the home unharmed — the 6-year-old who made the call and her 9-year-old sister.
Police on Saturday also located Katlynn Goodwill Yost, the 17-year-old daughter of the deceased couple, who went missing after the killings. She was unharmed. Authorities have refused to say if she is the juvenile under arrest.
Four people associated with the triple homicide were involved in the Southern California “furry” community, a group of fans who congregate online and at conventions to dress up like animals, a member told The Orange County Register.
“A lot of people in our community were devastated,” Christopher Parque- Johnson, 23, of Garden Grove, an artist, performer and videographer for the SoCal Furs, which has members from San Luis Obispo to San Diego, told the newspaper. “I’ve been hearing from a lot of people. It bothered everybody. It makes no sense.
Parque-Johnson led a group of furries, as they call themselves, to the site of the homicides Sunday night. They laid roses, left cards and lit candles to honor victim Jennifer Yost, Parque-Johnson said, because she was a mother figure to the SoCal Furs. The two identified accused killers are also furries, as is Katlynn Goodwin Yost, Parque-Johnson said.
“All of them were always nice to everybody,” said Parque-Johnson, known in the furry community as Bandit, a raccoon inspired by the film “Over the Hedge,” the Register reported.
Detectives urged anyone with information on the slayings to call the Fullerton Police Department at (714) 738-5361. Anonymous tips can be made on the Orange County Crime Stoppers line at (855) 847-6227.
—City News Service
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