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Man Charged with Capital Murder
in Fatal Shootings of Stepdaughters

September 5, 2006
Contacts: Joe Scott, Director of Communications
Sandi Gibbons, Public Information Officer
Jane Robison, News Secretary
(213) 974-3525

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 victims.

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 crimes.

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.


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