A North Hollywood man charged with stabbing two people he thought beat up his father was ordered Wednesday to stand trial in the killing of an innocent bystander.
San Fernando Municipal Judge James E. Satt ordered Carlos Arnoldo Lopez, 25, tried on one count of murder in the death of Lionel Mercado, 40, and one count each of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon in an attack on Pablo Elizondo, 40.
Both incidents took place Dec. 13 within an hour of each other near a liquor-store parking lot at Vanowen Street and Hinds Avenue in North Hollywood.
Lopez has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
During a preliminary hearing, Los Angeles Police Detective Ted Ball testified that Lopez confessed Dec. 15 that he had stabbed the two men shortly after his father came home from the liquor store with a cut above his left eye. Ball said Lopez told him that his father had said two men attacked him and tried to steal a six-pack of beer.