A 25-year-old man was due in court Thursday after police said he walked into the Anaheim police station last Friday, went up to the counter and confessed to killing a homeless man this year. He was also linked by forensic evidence to the death of another homeless man killed in 2016, police said.
Marvin Magallanes confessed to killing Sabah Alsaad, a 49-year-old homeless man found stabbed to death in the 1200 block of S. Magnolia Avenue in the early morning of Jan. 25, police said. He has also been linked to the killing of 52-year-old Onosai Tavita, another homeless man who was found stabbed to death in the 900 block of S. Euclid Street during the early morning of Oct. 27, 2016, according to Anaheim police Sgt. Daron Wyatt.
Wyatt said in a statement that Magallanes was linked to the two murders by forensic evidence. Anaheim detectives were working with other agencies to determine if he was involved in other unsolved murders.
Magallanes was charged with two felony counts of murder with enhancements for the use of a deadly weapon, according to court records. Prosecutors are also alleging special circumstances, which means this is a potential death penalty case should the Orange County District Attorney’s office decide to pursue it.
Magallanes had scheduled arraignments on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, but court records indicated he wasn’t brought to the courtroom because he was “hospitalized due to a medical illness or injury.”
A judge approved a request by the public defender’s office to allow his court-appointed attorney to visit him in person, even if he is on a medical hold or if he refuses to leave his cell.
He is being held without bail. Magallanes has also been in the news and jail for crashing his car into television star Kylie Jenner’s home in Calabasas.
This is a developing story.
Staff writer Sean Emery contributed to this report.
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