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Suspect arraigned in brother, sister murder

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SAN DIEGO (CBS8/CNS) - A man accused of gunning down a brother and sister during an argument at a Mountain View home pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder charges that could lead to the death penalty.
   
Felipe DeJesus Vega, 38, is charged in the Nov. 8 "execution-style" deaths of 20-year-old Arline Iribe and 22-year-old Alex Velarde. The defendant -- a Mexican citizen -- was ordered held without bail.
   
Deputy District Attorney Amy Maund didn't disclose a specific motive for the killings, but she did say that "days before the murder, a sequence of events unfolded that left the defendant angry because it affected him personally and he couldn't let it go."  

Maund told the judge that on the night of November 8, Iribe had tried to leave the defendants home but he wouldn't let her. Her brother was called to the defendant’s home to help her, but when Iribe tried to leave with her brother, the defendant shot and killed them both.

Vega fled and was the subject of a manhunt until the night of Nov. 12, when officers spotted him in his car about a block away from the South 43rd Street house where the slayings occurred.
    
Refusing to yield, Vega led a 20-minute road chase during which he allegedly tossed a handgun out of his vehicle, Maund said.
   
Vega ultimately pulled over near Joyner Elementary School but ignored repeated orders to exit and surrender. He remained holed up in his green Oldsmobile Cutlass late into the night as officers and negotiators attempted to 
coax him out of the car and used pepper spray and a police dog to try to force 
him to comply.
   
When he finally exited the sedan, Vega appeared to reach for something in his waistband as he turned toward police, prompting Officer Christopher Luth, an 11-year member of the SDPD, to shoot him once in the upper body, according to police.
   
Vega was treated at a hospital for a non-life-threatening wound.
   
He is charged with two counts of premeditated murder and a special circumstance allegation of multiple murders. District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis has yet to decide whether Vega will face life in prison without parole or the 
death penalty if he's convicted.
   
A status conference was set for Dec. 2 and a preliminary hearing for Jan. 14.

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