Man Charged in "Mercy Killings" of Wife, Sister

A man was arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of his wife and sister

By Jason Kandel and Patrick Healy
|  Saturday, Dec 14, 2013  |  Updated 12:24 AM PDT
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The man suspected of killing his wife and sister earlier in the week, both of whom were suffering from severe medical conditions appeared in court for the first time. The accused

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The man suspected of killing his wife and sister earlier in the week, both of whom were suffering from severe medical conditions appeared in court for the first time. The accused "mercy killer" was largely silent during his appearance in court on Friday. Patrick Healy reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.

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A Santa Clarita man was charged on Friday with murder in the so-called "mercy killings" of his ailing wife and sister, prosecutors said.

Lance Anderson, 60, appeared briefly in a Los Angeles courtroom where he was charged with two counts of murder with the special circumstance allegation of multiple murders and a special allegation of intentional discharge of a firearm with great bodily injury, prosecutors said.

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Investigators believe a man opened fire inside a North Hills nursing home may have also slain his wife at their home. Both killings may have been motivated by a desire to show mercy for the victims, one of whom has been in a vegetative state for five years and the other who may have suffered dementia. Patrick Healy reports for the NBC4 News at 5 and 6 p.m. on Dec. 11, 2013.

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Neighbors of the Canyon Country man suspected of killing his wife and sister in two separate locations are stunned to hear about the slayings, which were supposedly committed out of mercy for the physically suffering women. Gordon Tokumatsu reports from Canyon Country for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Dec. 11, 2013.
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He did not enter a plea and was ordered back to court on Jan. 13. During the hearing he appeared to mouth the words, "I love you" to a camera in the courtroom.

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"Mr. Anderson, we'll see you in court at 8:30 a.m. on January 13," the judge said. To this, Anderson replied, "If that's what you need, sir."

Prosecutors revealed in court that Anderson was carrying more than $1,000 in cash with him when he was arrested. Officials have not said why he had the money.

Anderson was arrested Wednesday after allegedly shooting his 68-year-old wife at their Santa Clarita home and then shooting his sister, identified as Lisa Nave, 58, in the head as she lay invalid in her bed at a North Hills nursing home.

If convicted as charged, Anderson faces the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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The nursing home shooting happened about 9:20 a.m. when authorities responded to the Country Villa Sheraton Convalescent and Rehabilitation Hospital at 9655 Sepulveda Blvd.

The shooting death of Anderson's wife was uncovered when police said they received a call from family members who were concerned about her well being.

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