Suspect Rhett McKenzie Nelson talks to an legal professional as he seems in Los Angeles Superior courtroom, Thursday, June 13, 2019 in Los Angeles. Nelson has been charged with homicide within the deaths of an off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy and one other man. (AP Photograph/Damian Dovarganes) The Related Press
By NATALIE RICE, Related Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Utah man was held with out bail Thursday on costs of homicide within the deaths of an off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy and one other man.
Rhett McKenzie Nelson, 30, of St. George, wore a navy blue jail uniform throughout his preliminary arraignment in Los Angeles Superior Courtroom because the household of Deputy Joseph G. Solano and uniformed deputies with black mourning bands over the badges seemed on.
Authorities allege Nelson shot Dmitry Koltsov from his automobile in downtown Los Angeles on Monday, tried to kill Aleksandr Chudetckii, then fatally shot Solano inside a Jack within the Field in suburban Alhambra. In addition they say he dedicated two robberies in Lengthy Seaside.
Nelson’s household says he suffers from psychological sickness and an opiate dependancy. Protection legal professional Jenn Bartick was not instantly obtainable for remark.
Nelson is due again in courtroom on July 22 for additional arraignment. He didn’t enter a plea on Thursday earlier than Choose Teresa Sullivan and quietly answered, “Yes, Your Honor,” when she requested him if he understood that his arraignment was being prolonged.
The case consists of particular circumstance allegations of a number of murders, homicide via discharging a firearm from a motorcar and utilizing a handgun within the fee of the crimes. Prosecutors have not determined whether or not to hunt life in jail or the demise penalty if Nelson is convicted.
Solano’s household hugged one another as they filed out of the courtroom and have been shortly shepherded right into a again room by prosecutor Antonella Nistorescu.
A candlelight vigil might be held for Solano on the Jack within the Field the place he was shot Thursday evening, based on social media posts by San Gabriel Metropolis Councilwoman Denise Menchaca.
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