LANCASTER, Calif.—A Lancaster man suspected of killing his four children and mother-in-law on Nov. 28 is being held on a $10 million bond.
Homicide investigators arrested Germarcus Lamar David, 29, after five of his family members were found shot to death inside their Lancaster home.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau investigators responded to a shooting death investigation at about 10:30 p.m. in the 3500 block of Garnet Lane.
The victims were Erica England, 51, and David’s children, Namyiah, 11, Germarcus Jr, 7, Kayden, 2, and Noah, 18 months.
David was charged on Dec. 1 with five counts of murder and three counts of assault on a child, causing death.
“They were awesome kids, and this is really sad and tragic,” family friend Heidi Somarriba told ABC7 News. “I don’t even know what to say. It’s just horrible.”
David is expected to be arraigned Jan. 12, 2022, in Los Angeles County Superior Court, according to the sheriff’s department.
His bail was set at $10 million.
The LA District Attorney’s Office didn’t file special circumstances with the charges, such as multiple murders. Therefore, if David is convicted, he would not be eligible for a sentence of life without parole, the sheriff’s department said in a statement Dec. 2.
David could possibly be eligible for elderly parole when he reaches 50 years old, according to the department.
Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact the sheriff’s department’s homicide bureau at 323-890-5500.
David is a licensed security guard. He held a permit to carry a .9 mm firearm but that expired at the end of August, according to the California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services.