A civilian Los Angeles Police Department employee accused of killing his wife and teenage son in their Valley Glen apartment a day after Christmas pleaded not guilty Wednesday to capital murder charges.
Viktor Yuryevich Glukhovskiy — who works in the LAPD Security Services Division — is due back in court April 19, when a date will be set for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence for him to stand trial.
He is charged with two counts of murder stemming from the Dec. 26 slayings of his wife, Natali, and their 13-year-old son, Alex, in the family’s apartment in the 13800 block of Oxnard Street.
Glukhovskiy was arrested Feb. 1 by detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery-Homicide Division — the same day he was charged with murder with special circumstance allegations of multiple murders, murder while lying in wait and murder for financial gain, along with allegations that a shotgun was used in the killings.
Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek the death penalty against the 44-year-old defendant,
The LAPD previously reported that the suspect told investigators he arrived home at 11 p.m. Dec. 26 to find his wife and their son dead.
“This horrific loss of life is incredibly disturbing, and the fact that the accused is a civilian employee of the LAPD makes it even more troubling,” the LAPD said in a statement released after his arrest. “No individual is above the law and this department will work feverishly to bring anyone who commits such a violent act to justice.”