US man accused of shooting of 7 in rampage held without bail after first court appearance

Tami Abdollah And Brian Melley / The Associated Press
August 27, 2014 02:25 PM

Sgt. Frank Preciado of the LOs Angeles Police Department describes shootings which took place early Sunday morning, Aug. 24, 2014, in the San Fernando Valley which left 3 people dead. Describing what they called “a major public threat,” Los Angeles police said they are seeking clues to three separate shootings in the Northeast San Fernando Valley that left three people dead and four others injured early Sunday morning and appear to be connected. A suspect in the shootings was taken into custody by SWAT officers Sunday night after holing up inside a house in the Sylmar neighborhood for about an hour, Capt. William Hayes said. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Daily News,David Crane)

SAN FERNANDO, Calif. - A man accused of going on a five-day rampage of serial shootings in the Los Angeles area has made his first court appearance on charges that could lead to the death penalty.

Alexander Hernandez made the brief appearance Wednesday in Superior Court in the San Fernando Valley, where authorities say he carried out most of his crimes.

Arraignment was waived, however, and he was ordered held without bail. The next court date will be Sept. 17.

Hernandez is charged with one count of capital murder, two counts of attempted murder and three counts of animal cruelty.

Authorities say they expect him to be charged with two other killings during the shooting spree.

Three people and two dogs were killed and four people were critically injured. Police have called him a serial killer.


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