Detectives investigating the slayings of a man and woman in a Canoga Park apartment had to have two pythons, one of them 13 feet long, removed before completing their crime-scene work, Los Angeles police said Wednesday.
Police said the killings may have been drug related.
The snakes belonged to Robert Ray Burley, 26, whose body was found with the body of an unidentified woman in the apartment in the 7500 block of Kentland Avenue. The victims had been beaten to death, and their bodies were badly decomposed, police said.
They were found at 5 p.m. Tuesday by Burley's brother, who called police.
A 5-foot snake was found in the kitchen and the larger snake in a bathroom, where there was also a dead cat, officials said.
A city animal control officer was called to the home to remove the snakes so that detectives could complete a search of the rooms for evidence. The snakes were in the custody of the Animal Regulation Department.