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Man charged with killing couple, stuffing bodies into trash bins

December 28, 2011 | 11:36 am

Brent Zubek charged with murderA man accused of shooting a Chatsworth couple and stuffing their bodies into trash bins was charged Wednesday with capital murder.

Brent Darrin Zubek, 43, was already facing multiple counts of assault with a firearm on a peace officer and other charges after a manhunt that ended in a shootout with police in Encino in August.

He is expected in court Wednesday on the murder charges. Because of the multiple murders and use of a firearm, he could be subject to the death penalty if convicted, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Michael Blake. Prosecutors will decide at a later stage in the proceedings whether to seek a death sentence.

Blake said both victims died of multiple gunshot wounds. The decomposed bodies of John David Lee, 40, and Oletta Jean Williams, 28, were discovered Aug. 12 in the 20400 block of Lassen Street.

Detectives believe the slayings occurred about five to six weeks before the bodies were discovered near the home where Zubek and the two victims once lived.

Zubek was arrested Aug. 22 after eluding police for several hours, then firing on officers who had him under surveillance. He was shot in the hip after he pulled a gun and pointed it at the officers, according to prosecutors. While on the run, Zubek donned a series of disguises.

Zubek was due in San Fernando Superior Court on Wednesday for a preliminary hearing on six counts of assault with a firearm on a peace officer, one count of possession of a firearm by a felon and one count of carrying a loaded and stolen firearm.

In 1993, he was convicted of bank robbery federal court. Zubek was one of two members of the so-called Hole in the Wall Gang who pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a string of Southern California bank robberies.


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Photo: Brent Zubek was charged Wednesday with killing a Chatsworth couple. Credit: Los Angeles Police Department