Four Men Held In Death of College Students
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Four men were held without bail after pleading innocent to the slayings of two college students abducted outside an apartment.
The four were charged with two counts each of murder, robbery, kidnapping and auto theft, and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for Dec. 3, said district attorney’s spokesman Al Albergate.
Stanley Bernard Davis, 23, Damon Layte Redmond, 19, De Andre Antwine Brown, 21, and Donald Roy Bennett, 21, pleaded innocent Wednesday during arraignment before Municipal Judge Richard G. Berry.
The murder charges against Davis and Redmond include allegations of special circumstances which, under California law, could result in the death penalty or life imprisonment without parole if they are convicted. The special circumstances are that the killings allegedly were committed in the course of a robbery and kidnapping and to silence witnesses to a crime, Albergate said.
Michelle Anne Boyd, 18, a freshman at the University of California at Los Angeles, and her boyfriend, Brian Edward Harris, 20, a junior at California State University-Northridge, were last seen alive Sept. 30 as they walked toward Harris’ car outside Miss Boyd’s apartment.
Their bodies were found last Sunday near the San Diego Freeway. They had been shot in the head, police said. The car was found Oct. 1, gutted by fire.
Police said they were led to the bodies by one of the men charged.
Davis and Brown were charged with kidnapping a UCLA student in 1984. But because the student could not identify Davis and Brown as his assailants, charges were reduced. Brown’s case was dismissed and Davis served two months in jail after pleading guilty to a joyriding charge.