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Roy Davis is seen in a photo provided by the Santa Monica Police Department.

Roy Davis is seen in a photo provided by the Santa Monica Police Department.

A 26-year-old man could face the death penalty if convicted of killing two Los Angeles area men, including one elderly man who was killed with a pickax.

Roy Antonio Davis was charged Tuesday with two counts of murder in the deaths of John Hautz and Kenneth Schmitt, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced in a news release.

In addition to the murder charges, Davis faces one count of first-degree burglary with a person present, the DA’s office said.

Prosecutors say Davis entered Hautz’s Santa Monica apartment in the 2300 block of 34th Street and used a pickax to kill him.

John Hautz is seen in an image provided by the Santa Monica Police Department.

John Hautz is seen in an image provided by the Santa Monica Police Department.

The 88-year-old was found on Jan. 1 with multiple stab wounds and a rope around his body, the Los Angeles Times Homicide Report stated.

Schmitt, who was 28-years-old, was found stabbed to death outside of a Hollywood nightclub in the 5900 block of Hollywood Boulevard on Jan. 13.

The DA’s office indicated Schmitt was a transient in the news release.

If convicted as charged Davis could be sentenced to the death penalty or life in prison.

A decision on whether to seek the death penalty will be made at a later date, the DA’s office said.