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DA to Seek Death Penalty Against Quadruple Murder Suspect

At least two of the victims of the Dec. 2, 2012 killings in Northridge were from the Eagle Rock area.

Four people are shot to death on Dec. 2, 2012 in Northrige. (Photo credit: Craig Clough)
Four people are shot to death on Dec. 2, 2012 in Northrige. (Photo credit: Craig Clough)

By City News Service

The prosecution announced Tuesday it will seek a death sentence against a man charged with the shooting deaths of two women and two men outside a Northridge boarding home a year ago.

Ka Pasasouk, 32, is charged with the Dec. 2, 2012, slayings of Amanda Ghossein, 24, of Monterey Park; Jennifer Kim, 26, of Montebello; Robert Calabia, 34, of Eagle Rock; and Teofilo Navales, 49, of Castaic. Ghossein grew up in the Eagle Rock area and her father attended Eagle Rock High. 

The four murder charges include the special circumstance allegation of multiple murders.

Pasasouk, who was arrested in Las Vegas one day after the killings, also faces five counts of assault with a semiautomatic firearm and one count each of attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a felon.

He is due back in San Fernando Superior Court on Feb. 19 for a pretrial hearing.

Pasasouk was ordered held without bail last Dec. 19 for allegedly violating his probation in a drug case and the terms of his release from an earlier prison term.

Questions were raised after Pasasouk's arrest about why he was not in custody at the time of the killings. Despite requests by probation officers last September that he be jailed, Pasasouk was permitted to enter a drug- diversion program in his methamphetamine possession case.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office conducted an internal review into the handling of the case and conceded that a mistake was made.

Pasasouk -- who has multiple convictions dating back to 2004 -- had been released from prison in January 2012.


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