A California man accused of beating his mother and stepfather to death with a baseball bat has been arrested after a 10-day manhunt.
Nelson Fermin Garibay, 44, was at the home of his mother, Irman Garibay, and stepfather, Mario Flores-Romero, on Jan. 11 when shouts were reportedly heard in their back yard. Deputies arrived on scene to find the 73-year-old man dead in the yard and the 65-year-old woman dead in the garage. They had both apparently been beaten to death with a baseball bat, according to a press release by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
Garibay’s 37-year-old brother was also standing outside the residence, nursing injuries. He told authorities that Nelson Garibay had attacked them all before fleeing in his car, according to a press release by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s office.
Garibay’s brother was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, and authorities spent the next 10 days in a manhunt for the alleged killer.
Garibay was arrested on Jan. 21 in Otay Mesa, California, about two hours from the site of the incident, according to the sheriff’s press release. He was charged with two counts of murder and one count of “willful, deliberate and premeditated” attempted murder, according to the district attorney’s office.
“The facts in this case are truly disturbing and we will ensure that there is accountability for these senseless killings,” District Attorney George Gascon said in the office’s press release.
Garibay’s bail was originally set at $5 million, but he is now being held without bail, according to online inmate records. He could face 57 years to life in state prison if convicted.
It’s not clear if Garibay has an attorney who can comment on his behalf.
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