Double murder charges were filed Tuesday against a 29-year-old man accused in the killings of a man and his teenage brother at a Downey motel.
Raymond Joseph Penland pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder and had his bail increased from $2 million to $3 million, according to a court official.
The shooting occurred about 11:30 a.m. last Saturday at Rick’s Motel, in the 9400 block of Firestone Boulevard.
Jaime Garcia Jr., 29, and Ivan Garcia, 17, died at the scene.
“It appears the suspect was involved in a dispute with both victims prior to the shooting and it does not appear to be a random act,” said Downey police Sgt. Maria Villegas.
Penland, who was arrested after barricading himself in a warehouse in the 13700 block of Bora Drive in Santa Fe Springs, is due back in court July 17, when a date is scheduled to be set for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to require him to stand trial.
Authorities interviewed two women described by police as “persons of interest” in the investigation, but neither has been arrested, Villegas said.