Man faces capital murder charges in grisly deaths of father and sister

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A 33-year-old man was charged today with the capital murders of his father and sister, whose bodies were dumped in Santa Barbara and Fresno counties, the District Attorney’s Office announced this afternoon. Mulushewa Tebedge was scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon in a downtown courtroom. He was charged with two counts of murder for the deaths “on or about” Nov. 18 of his father, Getahun T. Reta, who would have been 76 on Nov. 20, and his sister, Zerfie Tibeje Getahun, also 33. The complaint alleged the defendant used a knife to kill both victims. It also alleged the special circumstance of multiple murder. Although filed as a capital case, the District Attorney’s office will not decide until a later date whether to seek the death penalty against Tebedge. Authorities said both victims were stabbed. The sister’s body was dumped near Santa Rosa off U.S. Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County. The father’s body was dismembered, put in suitcases and a duffle bag and dumped in rural western Fresno County near the 5 Freeway. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings Los Angeles police believe the killings occurred Nov. 18 in the family’s apartment on West 39th Street in South Los Angeles. Tebedge was arrested there on Wednesday. Police had gone to the apartment with a warrant after Fresno authorities notified them of the father’s address. Police said when they arrived at the apartment and knocked, Tebedge tried to flee out a second-story window. He was captured and has remained in custody. He was being held without bail. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.last_img read more