Murder charges were formally dismissed this week against a man accused of killing his parents, because the defendant died as a result of schizophrenia, a sheriff’s spokesman said Friday.

Carlos Manuel Robles-Lopez died Nov. 14, just a week after his arrest on suspicion of killing 67-year-old Andres Alvaro-Robles and 65-year-old Teresa Lopez-Miguel in their apartment, said Orange County sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Steinle. The cause was listed as sudden unexplained death in schizophrenia, Steinle said.

Robles-Lopez was due in court on Wednesday, when prosecutors dismissed two counts of murder against the defendant due to his death.

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