Man charged in fatal July 4 stabbing in Huntington Beach – NBC Los Angeles
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Man charged in fatal July 4 stabbing in Huntington Beach – NBC Los Angeles

A Redondo Beach man has been charged with fatally stabbing a man during a Fourth of July fireworks show in Huntington Beach while under the influence of alcohol and drugs, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday.

Logan Christopher Kelley, 26, is accused of stabbing five strangers, killing two men and wounding three others, after drinking alcohol and taking hallucinogenic drugs.

The district attorney’s office said Kelley also attacked the teen, and the juvenile helped keep Kelley in custody after the attack.

Man charged in fatal July 4 stabbing in Huntington Beach – NBC Los Angeles

Kelley was charged with two counts of murder with the special circumstances of multiple murders, three counts of attempted murder, one count of assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of misdemeanor assault on a police officer. He was also charged with an aggravated felony of personal use of a dangerous weapon.

Because the special circumstances of the murder charge would make him eligible for a maximum sentence of death or life in prison without the possibility of parole, the District Attorney’s Office was to convene a special circumstances panel to decide whether to impose the death penalty.

On the Fourth of July holiday, officers responded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon near 16th Street and Pecan Avenue at approximately 11:15 p.m.

When Kelley approached and began stabbing people he didn’t know, Eric Hodges, 42, and William Collins, 47, died from stab wounds. Three other men also suffered non-life-threatening injuries.