Law enforcement authorities arrested a man on Nov. 5 in the Chatsworth area of Los Angeles in connection with the cold-case murders of four Southern California family members. The remains of the family of four, who had been missing since their mysterious 2010 disappearance, were discovered last year by a person who was riding an ATV off-road on land near Interstate 15 between San Diego and Las Vegas outside of Victorville.
According to authorities, the 57-year-old man who has been arrested and charged in the case was a business associate of the father who was killed. Police believe the family, including the man, his wife and their two children, were killed in their home before their bodies were buried in the desert. According to police, the accused man had been questioned a few times over the past four years and allegedly had told police that the last cell phone call made from the father's cell phone had been to him.
There is no word on what evidence led to the man's arrest and charges in the case, although police said much of the evidence was contained in documents already held in the case. Police did indicate they may have also discovered new evidence around the family's graves that led them to arrest that man. The defendant made a court appearance recently. His brother maintains that he is completely innocent of the charges. According to records, the defendant has a prior criminal history, including a two-year stint in prison.
Although the cases of most people who are charged with a felony will not be as sensational as this man's case, any felony can result in serious consequences in the event the person is convicted. People may wish to seek the assistance of a criminal defense attorney.
Source: abc News, "Associate Charged in Slaying of California Family", November 07, 2014