LOS ANGELES – A Los Angeles man was charged with
capital murder today in connection with the fatal shooting of his
adult stepdaughters at a weekend birthday party for one of the
Robert Lee Phillips, 59 (dob 4-18-1947), is scheduled to
appear for arraignment tomorrow in Division 30 of Los Angeles
Superior Court. He is charged in case No. BA308582 with two
counts of murder with the special circumstance of multiple murder.
The complaint alleged the defendant used a handgun to commit the
Phillips also is charged with two counts of attempted murder
of a third woman at the party on Saturday at the family's home on
West 84th Place.
Arrested shortly after the shooting, Phillips is being held
without bail. Although filed as a capital case, the District
Attorney's office will not make a determination on whether to see
the death penalty until the defendant is ordered to stand trial.
Authorities said the party was at the house Phillips shares
with his wife, the dead victims' mother. The younger of the
two, Sabrina, was celebrating her 30th birthday. The other sister,
Charlotte, was 33. Neither lived at home.
Deputy District Attorney Kendra Carman of the Family
Violence Division was assigned to prosecute the case.