A Los Angeles man is facing capital murder charges for allegedly killing an 88-year-old Santa Monica man with a pick ax and fatally stabbing a transient days later in Hollywood, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.
Roy Antonio Davis, 26, is charged with two counts of murder and one count of first-degree burglary with a person present, according to Deputy District Attorney Michelle Humphrey.
The murder charges include the special circumstance allegations of multiple murders and murder while engaged in the commission of a burglary, along with allegations Davis used a pick ax and a knife as deadly weapons. Prosecutors have yet to decide whether to seek the death penalty against Davis, who pleaded not guilty to the charges on Monday.
Davis is accused of killing John Hautz, who was found dead Jan. 1 of multiple stab wounds inside his apartment in the 2300 block of 34th Street in Santa Monica, and Kenneth Schmitt, 28, who was found stabbed to death Jan. 13 outside a nightclub in the 5900 block of Hollywood Boulevard, according to the prosecutor.
Santa Monica police said last month that detectives linked Davis to Hautz’s death following “extensive and thorough investigative efforts,” including forensic processing.
The case remains under investigation by the Santa Monica Police Department and the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Homicide Bureau, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Davis — who remains jailed without bail — is due back at the Airport Courthouse later this month.
–City News Service
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