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Teen Charged With Killing Parents In Calif. Mansion

Nineteen-year-old Ashton Sachs was charged with two counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder in Southern California Friday.
Posted at 8:18 AM, Mar 08, 2014

A 19-year-old in California was charged Friday with the shooting death of his parents.

KABC reports Ashton Sachs is accused of killing Bradford and Andra Sachs in their multi-million dollar home. Prosecutors also accused Sachs of shooting his 8-year-old brother, leaving him paralyzed, and trying to shoot his 17-year-old sister.

That 8-year-old brother is still in the hospital — nearly a month after the shooting. Sachs is currently charged with two counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder. (Via KCBS)

Sachs was living in the Seattle area for college, but KNBC points out police say he came back to San Juan Capistrano, near L.A., last month with the intention of killing both of his parents.

After the shooting, it took police almost a month to find a suspect.

The Los Angeles Times notes Sachs drove back up to Washington in February after the shooting, but while he was visiting friends in San Diego, police took him in for questioning Thursday and arrested him.

Before the arrest, KTTV reports police were looking at the possibility that the Sachses were killed because of a bad business dealing. The couple reportedly had several complaints against them.

While at least one family friend told reporters he was shocked by the charges against Sachs, another told KCAL he wasn't surprised at all. 

"My interactions with him were difficult. He was just a different kind of a person, kind of in his own world."

Police say they still don't have a motive for the shooting. If Sachs is convicted on all of his charges, he could face the death penalty.