The Culver City man accused of raping and fatally stabbing a Venice woman who was pregnant with twins in her home has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
During an arraignment at the Superior Court Airport Courthouse December 17th, Boneetio Washington, 22, pleaded not guilty to three counts of capital murder in the killing of 38-year-old Eun Kang, a court spokeswoman said. The charges carry the special circumstances of multiple murders, murder during a rape and murder during a burglary.
Washington additionally pleaded not guilty to one count of rape and one count of sexual penetration, the court spokeswoman said. He is being held without bail and is scheduled to appear at the Airport Courthouse for an early disposition hearing Tuesday, January 12th.
Prosecutors have not decided whether to seek the death penalty.
Kang, who was four months pregnant, was raped and stabbed to death at her 1660 Electric Ave. home in Venice December 8th. She moved to the U.S. from Korea and owned a dry cleaning business in Beverly Hills.
Police allege that Washington entered Kang’s home through an unlocked front door and attacked her with a knife from the kitchen. The suspect was arrested at the scene as he was allegedly trying to escape by knocking out windows, detectives said.
Police believe the attack was random and suspect that Washington may be connected with other crimes in the surrounding communities. He was charged in September with one felony count of first-degree residential burglary out of the LAPD West Los Angeles division and was sentenced to 335 days in jail and three years of probation, according to the county district attorney’s office.