Reporting Ed Mertz
SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — An Orange County man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder charges stemming from the deaths of his girlfriend and their two infant sons.
KNX 1070′s Ed Mertz reports Shazer Limas, 31, of Orange, was arrested May 3 after leading authorities on a chase through Orange County.
Limas faces three counts of first-degree murder for allegedly stabbing his girlfriend and their two boys in their apartment in the city of Orange on April 14.
Earlier that day, an apartment manager asked authorities to check on Limas’ girlfriend, 31-year-old Arlet Hernandez Contreras, after finding blood in the unit they shared.
Officers then located Limas in a parking lot near John Wayne Airport. He fled, leading authorities on a chase along the southbound 405 and 5 freeways before waging an hour-long standoff, which prompted the shutdown of Interstate 5 in both directions.
Contreras’ body, which was identified days later, had been found under a tarp in La Puente on April 25. Officials searched the Olinda Alpha landfill in Brea for the boys’ bodies, but they have yet to be found.
Court records show Limas filed a temporary restraining order against Contreras last April.
“I fear for my safety and well-being, but also for my property,” Limas was quoted saying in the documents.
“My main concern is that Arlet Hernandez Contreras is going to physically hurt herself and accuse me of doing so,” he also wrote in a letter last year.
Limas remains jailed without bail. He is scheduled to return to court in early October.