A San Fernando Superior Court judge has ordered a trial for Ka Pasasouk, who is accused of murder of four people at a Northridge boardinghouse in December 2012. The judge made his decision after he heard the testimony of witnesses during a preliminary hearing. The defendant has been charged with murder after shooting two women and two men in in front an unlicensed boarding house on Devonshire Street.
This case became high-profile after it was learned that the defendant was a convicted felon who was arrested for possession of methamphetamine in September 2012. At the time, his probation officer recommended jail. However, he was given a rehabilitation program under Proposition 36, which is a program that allows nonviolent drug offenders to go to drug treatment facilities rather than prison. It was later discovered that the defendant was not eligible for Prop 36 due to a previous felony robbery conviction.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office has acknowledged a mistake was made in granting Proposition 36 to the defendant.
Prosecutors have claimed the defendant was under the influence of alcohol and methamphetamine when he committed the murder of the four victims. His criminal charges include a special circumstance for multiple murders, which makes him eligible for the death penalty.
Along with the defendant, three other people were arrested in Las Vegas. One of them is the defendants girlfriend. Three were arrested for aiding in a felony after the fact, while the other defendant was arrested for destroying evidence.
His girlfriend testified the defendant lived with her at the boarding house a few days prior to the murders, where they drank alcohol and smoked methamphetamine. The defendant remains in custody without bail.
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