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Man accused in serial shootings appears in court

Created: 08/27/2014 3:21 PM
By: TAMI ABDOLLAH BRIAN MELLEY

SAN FERNANDO, Calif. (AP) — 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.

(Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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