Prosecutors filed murder charges Tuesday against two Utah residents in the slayings of two California sheriff's deputies during a shooting rampage that also left a motorist and third deputy wounded.
Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte, who was booked into jail under the pseudonym Marcelo Marquez, was charged Tuesday along with his wife, 38-year-old Janelle Marquez Monroy.
The 14-count complaint charges both with the murder of one deputy, though authorities say he fired the fatal shots. He alone is charged with the first slaying. Other charges include multiple counts of carjacking and attempted murder. Monroy-Bracamonte is facing special circumstances that could qualify him for the death penalty.
The district attorney's office in Sacramento County, where the charges were filed, would not immediately say if prosecutors will seek the death penalty. Prosecutors and sheriffs from both counties planned a news conference after the pair's arraignment.
Authorities say Monroy-Bracamonte, 34, fired all the fatal shots during Friday's rampage, first killing Sacramento County Deputy Daniel Oliver, then shooting a motorist while attempting to carjack his vehicle. The charges say he used a .9mm handgun in both initial shootings.
Both are charged with the attempted murder and attempted carjacking of motorist Anthony Davis, Monroy as an accomplice. Davis is recovering from multiple gunshot wounds.
Both are charged with two more attempted carjackings and one successful carjacking.
They fled to neighboring Placer County, where Monroy-Bracamonte is charged with killing a second deputy and wounding a third using a high-powered AR-15 assault rifle. Both are charged with the murder of Placer County homicide detective Michael Davis. The complaint says he fired the fatal shot but that she was an accomplice.
The complaint also alleges for the first time that Monroy-Bracamonte stole a Placer County sheriff's department vehicle along with a sheriff's department shotgun.
It also alleges that the pair attempted to murder two other Placer County sheriff's deputies, Charles Bardo and Joseph Roseli, along with attempting to murder and wounding Placer County deputy Jeffrey Davis, who was treated for a gunshot wound to the arm. The charges say Monroy-Bracamonte fired the assault rifle at all three deputies, with Monroy as an accomplice.
Other charges say the pair possessed an assault rifle that is illegal in California, and that Monroy-Bracamonte was a felon in possession of the rifle, stolen shotgun, .9mm handgun and a .380 caliber handgun.
They are set for their first court appearances Tuesday afternoon in Sacramento County.
He is expected to be represented by Jeffrey Barbour of the Sacramento County public defender's office. She is expected to be represented by Sacramento attorney Pete Kmeto. Neither returned telephone messages Tuesday morning.
Federal immigration authorities say Monroy-Bracamonte has been living in the U.S. illegally after being convicted in Arizona for selling drugs in 1997 and deported to Mexico twice, most recently in 2001.
The couple appeared to be living quietly in the Salt Lake City area until their arrest in California. Investigators said they have not determined a motive, or what brought the pair to California before the violent events Friday.
Investigators were trying to determine how Monroy-Bracamonte avoided scrutiny despite being fingerprinted by police in West Valley City, Utah, during a misdemeanor hit-and-run arrest in 2003. Utah authorities never connected him to his real name or his previous criminal record.