Jacob Mallory Bersson Back in Court for a Pretrial Hearing in Fatal Stabbing of Pasadena Chef

Published : Tuesday, August 2, 2016 | 12:38 PM

Jacob Mallory Bersson, accused in the fatal stabbing of Pasadena chef Lawrence Bressler and his wife Denise, will be back in court Wednesday for pretrial hearing of the two counts of murder he was charged with after the killings in October 2014.

The hearing will be at Department F of the Pasadena Courthouse.

Charges against Bersson include the special circumstance allegation of multiple murders along with an allegation that Bersson personally used a knife in the murders.

Bersson pleaded not guilty to the charge during his arraignment on December 15, 2014.

Court records say Bersson had just recently moved from Florida to Pasadena and was living with the victims at 290 N. Madison Avenue. Police said in the early morning of October 13, 2014, Bersson forced his way into the Bresslers’ bedroom and stabbed them repeatedly with a knife.

Lawrence Bressler was able to call 911 before 6:30 a.m. and identified Bersson, his cousin, as the attacker. Bressler later died in surgery; his wife had died shortly after arriving at a hospital.

Bersson was arrested on the day of the murders and has not been released from the Los Angeles County Jail ever since.

Deputy District Attorney Melanie Buccat is prosecuting the case.

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