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Carson man accused of brutal stabbing to be arraigned

February 1, 2012 |  8:08 am

 A Carson man accused of fatally stabbing his girlfriend and her mother and wounding a male roommate was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Compton.

Virgil Tyrone Tate, 33, allegedly stabbed Tracie Brooks, and her mother, Carol Susan Brooks, multiple times Sunday in the 21800 bock of South Vermont Avenue.

He is charged with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder involving his male roommate.

The murder charges include the special circumstance allegations of multiple murders, which would allow prosecutors to decide later whether to seek the death penalty.

Tate was taken into custody after a two-hour standoff Sunday night when an L.A. County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team charged into a back room where he had barricaded himself.

Officers arrested Tate, who was found naked, without incident.


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