DOWNEY, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles County prosecutors on Monday filed murder, attempted-murder and other charges against a 30-year-old man accused of killing three people and wounding two others at a fire extinguisher business and a nearby home in suburban Downey.
Jade Douglas Harris was charged with three counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder, three counts of kidnapping for carjacking, three carjacking counts, two kidnapping counts and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.
Harris is accused of killing Josimar Rojas, 26, Irene Cardenas, 35, and Susana Perez-Ruelas, 34, last week. He's also accused of injuring Perez-Ruelas' 13-year-old son Antonio and a middle-age woman.
Prosecutors also alleged four so-called special circumstances: Murder while lying in wait, murder in the commission of a kidnapping, murder in the commission of a carjacking and killing a witness to a crime.
The case could lead to the death penalty if Harris is convicted, but the district attorney's office said in a statement that prosecutors had not yet decided whether they would seek such a punishment.
Arraignment was set for Monday afternoon.
Prosecutors said Harris went to the business in response to an Internet ad offering a car for sale. A man and woman were fatally shot there and another woman was wounded.
Authorities allege that Harris then forced another woman to drive him and a boy to the nearby home where the car was located. That woman was fatally shot there and the boy was wounded.
Harris has felony convictions for robbery, attempted robbery and carrying a concealed weapon, the district attorney said.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.
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