A Los Angeles man who is one of three men charged with the fiery deaths of a West Los Angeles couple and is being held in the Emery County Jail has a Tuesday court date to begin extradition proceedings.
Lonnie Lewis, 28, was arrested by Emery County deputies Friday afternoon at Green River, said Emery County detective Bill Downard. Lewis was aboard a bus en route from Los Angeles to Denver and was arrested after California lawmen alerted Emery County officials.Downard said Lewis is scheduled to appear Tuesday before 7th Circuit Court Judge Bryce Bryner.
Lewis; his brother, Jerome Martin, 21, who is in a Denver jail; and Derek Bloodworth, 25, who is in a Los Angeles jail, are suspects in the grisly Jan. 31 slayings of Lee Gottstein, 57, and his 45-year-old wife, Sylvia Davis.
A third victim, a 32-year-old woman whose name is not being released by authorities, is in critical condition at a Los Angeles-area hospital after being robbed, raped, shot and burned.
The couple and their friend were at their apartment when they were robbed and tied up with electric cords. With their heads draped in pillowcases, the three victims were forced into a bedroom closet, doused with gasoline and set on fire.
The fire blazed through eight adjoining apartments.
"These were pretty vicious people," said Ray Futami, a Wilshire, Calif., police detective. "The suspects know the victims. It looks like it was just a straight robbery."
Futami said authorities have filed multiple charges of murder, arson, robbery and burglary. Under California law, multiple homicides or combinations of robbery, burglary and arson carry automatic death penalties upon conviction.