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Third Man Charged in Deadly Home-Invasion Shooting

The shooting happened April 18 at a home in the 1300 block of Columbia Drive.

A third man was charged Tuesday in the Glendale killing of three men in April in what detectives believe was a targeted home invasion robbery turned deadly.

Franklin Sadler, 23, was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit murder in the killing of 36-year-old Deandre Tyronne Sims, 50-year-old Leon Gough and 35-year-old Christian Moukam Wamba, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Sadler was scheduled to be arraigned in Pasadena. Sadler was arrested in Canoga Park Thursday along with Jacob Jamora, also 23 years old, who was booked on suspicion of murder but has not yet been charged.

Two other men -- John Poh, 22, and Jordan Byrd, who will turn 22 on June 11 -- were arrested Wednesday in the Murfreesboro, Tennessee area and charged in Los Angeles with three counts of murder.

The criminal complaint includes the special circumstance allegations of murder for financial gain, murder during the commission of a robbery, murder during the commission of a burglary and multiple murders, making the men eligible for the death penalty.

There is also an allegation that both men personally and intentionally fired a handgun. Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek the death sentence. The District Attorney's Office was unable to comment on when Poh and Byrd might arrive in Los Angeles.

Glendale police responded at 12:15 a.m. on April 18 to calls from neighbors reporting shots fired at Gough's home in the 1300 block of Columbia Drive, just west of Adams Street, and found the men dead. One victim was found in the garage area, and the others were found inside the home.

"Detectives believe this was a targeted home invasion robbery turned murder," Glendale police Sgt. Dan Suttles said last week. Neighbors said Gough had four children. Police said Sims lived in Los Angeles and Moukam Wamba was also from the Los Angeles area.

Residents in the area expressed shock and Suttles told the Los Angeles Times that deadly crime was rare in the area.

"Some of my colleagues have talked and said (that during) all the years that they (have) worked here, they have never seen a triple homicide," Suttles told The Times. "And this is a very quiet and peaceful neighborhood. This is Adams Hill in Glendale -- it's known for being a nice area to live and a peaceful place. So it's an extremely rare event."

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