Man accused of rape, slaying of pregnant Venice woman pleads not guilty
A 22-year-old man accused of raping and fatally stabbing a Venice woman who was pregnant with twins pleaded not guilty to the crime.
Boneetio Kentro Washington was charged with three counts of capital murder with the special circumstances of multiple murders, murder during a rape and murder during a burglary. He also is charged with one count of rape and one count of sexual penetration.
Eun Kang's death was met with shock in her Venice neighborhood and in Beverly Hills, where she owned a dry-cleaning business.
This week, friends gathered for a candlelight vigil at her apartment.
Washington had previous arrests for burglary and trespassing in Santa Monica and Los Angeles and misdemeanor trespassing arrests in Rhode Island and North Carolina. But nothing in his past appeared to show a predisposition to the kind of violence that occurred in the Venice slaying, according to people familiar with the case who asked not to be identified because the investigation was continuing.
Court records show that Washington was charged in a residential burglary that was committed in Los Angeles in December 2008. The case was delayed after a doctor testified that Washington was not mentally competent to stand trial. Washington was committed to Patton State Hospital in San Bernardino County on July 7.
On Sept. 18, Washington returned to court with a certification from the facility that he was mentally able to stand trial.
He pleaded no contest to first-degree residential burglary and was placed on formal probation before his release from custody for previous time served and credit for work and good behavior.
-- Andrew Blankstein
Photo: Boneetio Washington listens to defense attorney Lisa Roth at the Airport Branch Courthouse in Los Angeles as he is arraigned and charged with three counts of capital murder in the rape and stabbing deaths of the 39-year-old Eun Kang, a 39-year-old Venice woman, and her two unborn twins. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times