Man Pleads Not Guilty In Downey Triple Murder
DOWNEY (CBSLA.com) — The man accused of killing three people during a shooting rampage at a fire extinguishing business and home in Downey last month pleaded not guilty to murder and other counts on Wednesday.
Jade Douglas Harris, 30, is charged with three counts of murder, three counts of kidnapping for carjacking, three counts of carjacking, two counts of attempted murder, two counts of kidnapping, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon in connection to the Oct. 24 shootings of Josimar Rojas, Irene Reyes and Susana Ruelas.
Harris also faces special circumstance allegations of murder while lying in wait, murder in the commission of a kidnapping, murder in the commission of a carjacking and killing a witness to a crime.
The suspect allegedly showed up at United States Fire Protection to buy a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro that was placed on sale through an online ad.
Harris reportedly killed Rojas, 26, and Reyes, 35, and seriously injured another woman after he learned the car wasn’t at the business.
According to prosecutors, Harris then forced Ruelas, 34, to take him and her 13-year-old son to the home where the car was located.
When they got to the residence, Harris is accused of killing Ruelas and shooting the boy, who survived.
The suspect was arrested on Oct. 25 and booked the following day.
Harris, who is being held without bail, will make his next court appearance on Dec. 18.
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