The two women stabbed to death Tuesday in Irvine were identified Wednesday as the wife and mother-in-law of the suspect.
The district attorney's office filed murder charges against Bahram "Ben" Nezari, 49, in the deaths of Nooshin Mirabadi Khaneh, 29, and Parvane Ghararyankordestan, 58.
The sudden arrival of SWAT officers terrified residents of the affluent Irvine neighborhood who were forced to evacuate in the predawn hours Tuesday with the discovery of the two dead women inside the house. Police cornered Nezari in a 90-minute backyard standoff that ended when officers fired rubber bullets at him.
Irvine Police Lt. Rick Handfield said evidence was pointing toward marital strife as the motivation for the crime. "We do not believe this has any tentacles that should concern the community," he said.