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charged in USC grad student slayings awaiting arraignment

Posted: June 25, 2012 10:07 a.m.
Updated: June 25, 2012 10:07 a.m.

LOS ANGELES - Two men charged today with capital murder in the fatal shooting two USC graduate students from China are scheduled to be arraigned today, the District Attorney's Office announced.

Bryan Barnes, 20, and Javier Bolden, 19, both of Los Angeles, are charged in case BA397880 with the April 11 special circumstance murders of Ming Qu and Ying Wu. The two engineering students, both 23, were gunned down in the 2700 block of Raymond Avenue during a suspected robbery.

An amended complaint filed in late May charges Bolden with additional counts, including one count of attempted murder and one count of assault with a semiautomatic firearm. Authorities say that while attending a party in South Los Angeles on Feb. 12, he allegedly fired numerous rounds, striking and severely injuring a male and also injuring a female. Both victims are in their 20s.

Initially, due to an error, Barnes was charged with the Feb. 12 attempted murder and assault.

The amended complaint also alleges Barnes personally and intentionally discharged a handgun in the death of Ying Wu and Ming Qu.

Barnes and Bolden also are charged with one count each of attempted murder for allegedly shooting a 20-year-old man during a Dec. 3, 2011, party in South Los Angeles. The complaint alleges both defendants used a handgun and caused great bodily injury.

Deputy District Attorneys Deborah Brazil and Beth Silverman with the Major Crimes Division are prosecuting the case.

Barnes and Bolden are scheduled to be arraigned at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center, Department 30.

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