December 27, 2019

Man faces trial today in slaying of family

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first_imgOpening statements were scheduled to begin today in Van Nuys Superior Court for a triple murder that destroyed a family four years ago and rocked a quiet Sun Valley community with violence. Julian Arturo Beltran, 32, faces three counts of murder for the 2002 slayings of estranged girlfriend Mariana Michelle Barahona, 24, and the couple’s two daughters, Marissa Beltran, 6, and Natalie Beltran, 2. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges in a case that Los Angeles police have labeled domestic violence. The couple had an eight-year relationship, but they were separated at the time of the murder. Beltran had walked out on the family three months before, authorities said. (818) 713-3746160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system Police said Beltran returned to their rented house on the 7400 block of Craner Avenue on Jan.23, 2002, and stabbed the three females to death. He then fled to Orange County, where after midnight he called 911 with suicidal threats. Orange County Sheriff’s deputies tracked the call to an intersection in Anaheim. When they arrived, Beltran stood outside his car with his wrists bleeding. He refused to drop his knife. Deputies said Beltran was likely trying to commit suicide-by-cop by approaching police with a weapon in the expectation that authorities would shoot him. Instead, they fired bean bag rounds at Beltran. During his arrest, police said Beltran admitted to the killings. Since then, he has remained at Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles. [email protected] last_img