Prosecutors say Patt killed a homeless man on July 9 after robbing a 7-Eleven store before fatally shooting two others in separate incidents on July 11.
Patt’s alleged accomplice Jason Payne, 44, is charged with two felony counts of robbery while armed and one felony count of attempted robbery while armed in the string of crimes on July 11.
Payne cannot be charged with the alleged murders involved in the robberies due to a change in state law on natural and probable consequence, according to Spitzer.
Patt and Payne are also suspected of participating in other armed robberies in San Bernardino and Ontario, Spitzer said, and are expected to face charges for those alleged crimes once the Orange County case has concluded.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Seton Hunt alleged during Tuesday’s hearing that the two men “were actively evading law enforcement” and attempted to purchase more ammunition following their robberies on July 11 and before their arrest on July 15.
Patt and Payne are believed to be neighbors who lived on the same street, 根据 DA 办公室.
The judge ruled that Patt be held without bail and granted Payne a provisional bail of $ 100,000, saying the bail amount could be revisited in the future as more information becomes available.
The pair’s arraignment was postponed until August 18.