A Muslim man is expected to be charged in connection with the murders of his former girlfriend's Hindu family members
Iftekhar Murtaza is expected to be charged Wednesday in connection with the killings of his former girlfriend's father and sister and the attempted murder of the girls' mother.
If charges are filed, it would be early Wednesday, with a court appearance likely following in the afternoon, said Susan Schroeder, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office.
The 22-year-old man from Van Nuys, who was extradited from Arizona on Monday, is being held at the Anaheim Detention Center while police present their case to the District Attorney's Office. Police have until 4:30 p.m. Wednesday to file charges or Murtaza will be released.
"In a case like this, we maintain contact with the police department and make suggestions on how to develop the case," Schroeder said.
"I'd be surprised if we release further information at this point," Schroeder said.
Investigators are confident they have enough evidence for the District Attorney's Office to charge Murtaza with two counts of murder and one of attempted murder, Anaheim police Sgt. Rick Martinez said.
The search continues for at least one other culprit, police said.
On May 21, firefighters found an Anaheim Hills home torched and a badly beaten Leela Dhanak, 53, lying nearby. Five hours later, the bodies of Jayprakash Dhanak, 56, and Karishma Dhanak, 20, were found near a bike trail in Irvine. Murtaza's former girlfriend, Shayona, was not at the home at the time and was not injured.
Murtaza, who is Muslim, was angry with the Dhanaks – devout Hindus – for trying to keep him away from Shayona, according to court papers.
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