The accused killer of his own mother and 6-year-old nephew in a bloody slashing and strangulation attack is scheduled for a court hearing next month after pleading not guilty to the grisly crimes.
The murders took place four days before Christmas, and the father of the dead child – the brother of the alleged killer – was distraught.
“My baby was 6 years old,” he said through tears. “All his gifts are in the house, unopened.” He too was a victim of the attack, although he survived after being stabbed in the back.
David Cordoba, 26, is facing two counts of murder in connection with the deaths of 60-year-old Maria Rodas-Lemus and 6-year-old Alan Cordova-Robles during a family dispute last Dec. 21. He could face up to 39 years to life in state prison if convicted as charged, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Cordoba, who is being held in lieu of $5.02 million bail, was ordered to return to court on June 21, when a date is expected to be set for a preliminary hearing.
Cordoba’s mother died from multiple stab wounds and blunt force head trauma, while his nephew’s causes of death were listed as asphyxia, probable smothering or strangulation and stab wounds at or near the time of his death, according to records from the coroner’s office.
Cordoba is also charged with attempted murder for allegedly stabbing his brother. The father of the slain 6-year-old boy suffered minor injuries, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Officers were called about 10:30 p.m. that night to a home in the 1800 block of 11th Place, where Cordoba lived with his mother, to conduct a welfare check and found the boy and his grandmother dead, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The house is just west of downtown Los Angeles a few blocks the other side of the Harbor (110) Freeway from Staples Center.
Cordoba, who was not at the residence when police arrived, was arrested Jan. 6 at Third and Berendo streets, near Vermont Avenue, according to the LAPD.
During the manhunt for the defendant, the boy’s father told a KTLA reporter that he was confronted by his brother when he came to pick up his son.
“He stabbed me in the back and I started to yell out for my mom and nobody came,” Erick Cordova alleged. “God gave me strength to take the knife out of his hands.”