A 26-year-old man accused of killing his wife and their infant son was charged Tuesday with two counts of capital murder.
Algernon Fitzgerald Rieux was arrested Friday, a day after the bodies of Joshua Eli-King Rieux, who was about 2 months old, and his mother, Jacqueline Montoya, 25, were found in the apartment they shared in the unincorporated Westmont area of South Los Angeles.
The suspect’s mother made the grim discovery when she went to the home to remind her son about a scheduled court appearance, authorities said last week.
Algernon Rieux face two counts of murder with a special circumstance allegation of multiple murders, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
At the time authorities were searching for him, Rieux was described as bipolar, possibly suicidal and under the influence of methamphetamines.
He was due to be arraigned Tuesday in the Inglewood Branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court. The prosecutor planned to request that Rieux remain in custody without bail.
He faces a maximum possible sentence of life in prison without parole. The decision on whether to seek the death penalty was expected to be made at a later date.