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VENTURA (AP) — New criminal charges have been filed against a man accused of killing a couple and their unborn child at a Ventura County beach house.

The Ventura County Star says a judge ruled Wednesday that there’s sufficient evidence to hold 21-year-old Joshua Packer of Ventura for trial on charges of battery, hit-and-run and dissuading a witness. Authorities say he struck a parked car, confronted the owner and fled in 2009.

The accident occurred nearly seven months after Brock Husted and his pregnant wife, Davina, were stabbed to death in May 2009 at their Faria Beach home.

Prosecutors say Packer killed them during a robbery. He was arrested nearly a year later after DNA tests allegedly linked him to the killings. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

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