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Canyon Country man could get death if convicted in double murder

Posted: December 13, 2013 2:30 p.m.
Updated: December 13, 2013 5:16 p.m.

Canyon Country man has been charged with murder. Above, a detective investigates the slaying of a woman who was allegedly shot by her husband in her Canyon Country home in Santa Clarita.

A Canyon Country man who was charged with murder Friday in the shooting deaths of his wife and sister could face the death penalty if convicted, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office announced.

Lance Anderson, 60, faces charges of 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, said Deputy District Attorney Carolyn McNary in a news release.

Prosecutors allege Anderson shot and killed his 68-year-old wife, Bertha Maxine Anderson, in the home they shared in a Canyon Country condominium complex on Claudette Street. She died of a gunshot to the head and was believed shot Tuesday night.

On Wednesday morning he fatally shot his 58-year-old sister, Lisa Florence Nave, as she lay in her bed in a convalescent home in North Hills, prosecutors say. She also was shot in the head.

The Associated Press reported Friday that Nave was responsive and had been improving since a heart attack five years earlier that left her in a yearlong coma, and was not in a vegetative or comatose state for five years.

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

Anderson is being held without bail, according to the District Attorney’s office. Deputy District Attorney Julie Kramer is assigned to the case.

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Division.


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