The 22-year-old felon who allegedly raped and fatally stabbed a pregnant woman in Venice is set to be arraigned December 17.
Boneetio Washington of Culver City allegedly sexually assaulted and stabbed to death Eun Kang, a 39-year-old Korean woman, in her apartment in the 1600 block of Electric Avenue December 8.
At the time of her death, Kang, a well-liked owner of a dry cleaning business on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, was four months pregnant with twins. Washington was arrested inside the house as police responded to a 911 call after her landlord witnessed the brutal attack. Kang's landlord held a candlelight vigil for her last night outside her apartment in Venice.
Washington was charged on December 10 with three counts of capital murder with the special circumstances of multiple murders, murder during a rape and murder during a burglary. He also is charged with one count of rape and one count of sexual penetration. He is being held without bail.
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Detectives are still trying to figure out what happened, but they believe that it was a random attack and that Kang did not know Washington.
In September, Washington pleaded no contest to one felony count of first-degree residential burglary and was sentenced to 335 days in jail and placed on three years probation. He was given credit for time served. Court records also show that Washington spent time in a state mental facility.
Washington had previous arrests for burglary and trespassing in Santa Monica and Los Angeles and misdemeanor trespassing arrests in Rhode Island and North Carolina.
Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek the death penalty.