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Man Charged With Murder in ‘Mercy Killings’ of Wife, Sister

A 60-year-old man was charged with murder Friday after allegedly fatally shooting his invalid sister at a North Hills convalescent home after killing his wife in Canyon Country, authorities said.

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Lance Holger Anderson, of Santa Clarita, was charged with murder in the shooting deaths of his wife and sister. (Credit: KTLA)

Lance Holger Anderson, of Santa Clarita, is accused of shooting his wife and then his sister on Wednesday in apparent “mercy killings,” initial investigation showed, LAPD Lt. Paul Vernon said at a news conference.

He was charged with two counts of murder, with special circumstance allegations of multiple murders and intentional discharge of a firearm with great bodily injury.

Bertha Maxine Anderson, 68, was pronounced dead after being shot in the head at a home in the 26800 block of Claudette Street in Canyon Country, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

She reportedly suffered from dementia, family members told police.

Officers responded to the home to do a welfare check after family members informed police that Anderson was accused of shooting his sister at a North Hills convalescent home, Vernon said.

That shooting, at Country Villa Sheraton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in the 9600 block of Sepulveda Boulevard in North Hills, was reported at 9:19 a.m., a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department said.

“He came into the hospital, took out a gun, shot her once in the head, then put the gun down and walked into the patio and waited for police to arrive,” Vernon said. He gave up without any kind of problems at all.”

The victim, 58-year-old Lisa Nave, had been at the facility for five years and was in a vegetative state, police said. A small-caliber revolver was left on a table next to her body, according to police.

Anderson was being held without bail.

If convicted as charged, he could face the death penalty.

KTLA’s John Moreno, Melissa Pamer and Kareen Wynter contributed to this report.

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