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Son Arraigned In Hacking Deaths Of Carlsbad Parents

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A mentally ill drifter accused of hacking his parents to death in their North County home in January pleaded not guilty today to murder charges that could lead to the death penalty.

Dennis Brian Gluck, 44, was ordered held without bail.

Gluck is charged with two counts of murder, use of a knife and the special circumstance allegation of multiple murders in the deaths of Harry and Jean Gluck, whose bodies were discovered Jan. 18.

Officers found the 90-year-old man and his 78-year-old wife in a bedroom at their Chestnut Avenue house while checking on their welfare at the request of a relative.

Postmortem exams determined that the couple had died of "chop" wounds to their upper bodies, inflicted by a bladed implement of some kind.

Mexican police apprehended Dennis Gluck on a bus near Ensenada last Thursday afternoon and turned him over to U.S. authorities.

The suspect "has assaulted people before with edged weapons" and was arrested several years ago for attacking someone with a machete at a homeless camp in Oceanside, according to Lt. Kelly Cain.

The suspect, who lived with his parents for several months prior to the slayings, had a history of "aggressive" behavior toward them, though no such episodes were known to have occurred during his recent stay with the couple, Cain said.

Police believe the suspect fled to Mexico immediately after the killings. Baja authorities aided in the search for him by distributing fliers bearing his photo.

In response to a query from a Mexican federal police officer, a bus company employee reported seeing a man matching Gluck's description boarding a transit vehicle. The suspect was arrested without incident a short time later.

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis will decide later whether the defendant will face the death penalty or life in prison without parole if convicted.

Vista Judge Marshall Hockett scheduled a readiness conference for March 11 and a preliminary hearing for March 16.

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