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Cousin Of Fatally Stabbed Pasadena Couple Arrested

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Pasadena police have arrested a 29-year-old man in connection with the fatal stabbing of his cousin and cousin's wife.

Jacob Mallory Bersson is accused of killing couple, 50-year-old Lawrence Bressler and 64-year-old Denise Bressler, early Monday morning at their Pasadena apartment located on the 200 block of North Madison Avenue, according to the L.A. Times. Lawrence Bressler called 9-1-1 to tell them they had been stabbed by Bersson. The couple was taken to a hospital, where they both died.

Police found Bersson, covered in blood and with a cut to his arm, about a block away from the apartment, CBS Los Angeles reported. Bersson apparently lived with the couple at their home. When police took Bersson into custody, he didn't say he was involved in the murder nor did he talk about a motive, the L.A. Times reported.

Bersson was booked today on two counts of murder and is being held in L.A. county jail on $1 million bail.

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Lawrence Bressler was a culinary instructor at Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena and was the director of operations at Chefs Center of California.

"He's always been a positive influence on everyone here," Vice Cole of Chefs Center told NBC Los Angeles.

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