RIVERSIDE (CBSLA.com) — The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office Thursday filed murder charges against a Hemet man accused of killing his wife and young daughter and critically injuring a former girlfriend.
Johnny Lopez, 33, was charged with two counts of murder in the slayings of 36-year-old Joanna Angel Barrientos Lopez and 5-year-old Mia Lopez.
The two victims were found shot to death at their home in the 2600 block of Girard Street shortly after 9 p.m. on Nov. 9.
Lopez was also charged with the attempted murder of his former girlfriend, who was found with her throat slashed at her home on Sunset Lane, about a mile away from where the first victims were found an hour before.
The victim, whose name was not released, remains in stable condition at a local hospital.
Lopez was also charged with rape and burglary, as well as allegations that he used a knife, an axe and a cord in the attack involving his ex-girlfriend.
The District Attorney’s office also filed a special circumstance allegation of multiple murders against the suspect, making Lopez eligible for the death penalty.
He is scheduled to be arraigned next month.