A man who allegedly raped and stabbed a 39-year-old Venice woman who was pregnant with twins was charged Thursday with three counts of murder.
Thursday night a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner's office identified the murdered woman as Eun Y. Kang, 38, of Venice. Kang was attacked about 10 p.m. Tuesday in her apartment in the 1600 block of Electric Avenue near Venice Boulevard, police said.
Boneetio Kentro Washington, 22, of Culver City, could potentially face the death penalty. He made an appearance at the Airport Branch Courthouse Thursday afternoon, but his arraignment was postponed to Dec. 17.
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Washington, who is being held without bail, is charged with three counts of capital murder, including the special circumstances of multiple murders, murder during a rape and murder during a burglary. He is also charged with one count of rape and one count of sexual penetration.
Washington was arrested inside the home when police responded to a 911 call, authorities said.
When officers entered the victim's home, they found Kang bleeding from multiple stab wounds, police said. She was taken to a hospital where she died.
Kang was four months pregnant, police said. It was initially believed only one fetus had been destroyed, but it was determined later Tuesday that the woman had been carrying twins, according to police.
Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek the death penalty for Washington.
In September, Washington pleaded no contest to a felony count of residential burglary and placed on three years probation. His sentence also included 335 days in jail, but he was given credit for time he already served.