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    Drew Alan Friis Charged with Capital Murder in 2013 CA Slayings of 2 Homeless Men

    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.

    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/l...,7472236.story
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    Glendora Murder Suspect’s Arraignment Continued

    The arraignment of Drew Alan Friis, the 28-year-old Glendora resident accused of fatally stabbing two homeless men at Glendora car wash has been continued to January, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

    Friis was scheduled to appear in court Thursday morning for his arraignment, but it was continued to Jan., 8, 2014 at Pomona court, according to District Attorney Spokesperson Shiara Dávila-Morales.

    Friss was arrested Aug. 16 in connection with the murder of John Anthony Welch and Warren Jay Blagrave at a Glendora car wash. Both victims were stabbed up to 20 times, according to detectives

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    Arraignment scheduled in Glendora double slaying

    A Glendora man accused of fatally stabbing two homeless men will be back in court this week.

    Drew Allen Friis, 29, will be arraigned Wednesday at Pomona Superior Court.

    The District Attorney’s Office has charged him with the Aug. 15, 2013 murders of John Welch and Warren Blagrave. Friis could face the death penalty because the case comes with the special allegation of multiple murders.

    Sarah Ardalani, a public information officer with the DA’s Office, said the decision hasn’t been made on whether to seek the death penalty.

    The prosecution also alleged that Friis personally used a knife to commit the crimes and that he has prior convictions for grand theft and arson of structure, forest land or property.

    Welch and Blagrave were killed outside a car wash in the 200 block of Route 66 on Aug. 15, 2013. Friends said the 52-year-old men had been spending the nights there.

    Detective Ray Lugo of the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said Friis, who knew the men, allegedly admitted to stabbing the two while they were asleep.

    “He had been upset with one of the victims but he didn’t say why,” Lugo said.

    He allegedly claimed he was egged on by others to stab Welch and Blagrave.

    “But that has been unsubstantiated,” Lugo said.

    According to the detective, Blagrave had 25 stab wounds and Welch had 20.

    Lugo said someone heard the screams and flagged down a Glendora police lieutenant.

    Officers discovered the two bodies. One of the victims had collapsed on the sidewalk.

    Friis’ arraignment has been continued several times.

    He is being held without bail at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles

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