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Suspect charged in Glendora stabbing deaths of two homeless men

August 19, 2013|By Jill Cowan
  • A police investigator surveys the scene in Glendora where two men were found stabbed to death. A suspect has been charged with capital murder in the case.
A police investigator surveys the scene in Glendora where two men were found… (Mark Boster / Los Angeles…)

A Glendora man accused of stabbing two homeless men to death last week was charged with capital murder Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

Prosecutors said Drew Alan Friis, 28, attacked John Anthony Welch and Warren Jay Blagrave early Thursday morning, allegedly stabbing each man more than 20 times.

A Glendora police lieutenant discovered their bodies near a carwash in the 200 block of West Route 66 after a resident reported hearing screams.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's homicide bureau helped investigate the case.

Friis was set to be arraigned in the court's Pomona branch on two counts of murder with the special circumstance of multiple murders, Los Angeles County Deputy Dist. Atty. Martin Bean said in a news release.

The arraignment was continued until Oct. 3 and a public defender was appointed to the case, district attorney spokeswoman Jane Robison said Monday afternoon.

Prosecutors may seek the death penalty but will decide later whether to do so, the release said.

Friis is being held without bail.

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jill.cowan@latimes.com

Twitter: @jillcowan

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