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Glendale Man Charged With Murdering His Grandparents With An Ax

Nathaniel Scheiern (Photo via Facebook/KTLA)
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A 34-year-old man has been charged with using an ax to murder his grandparents in their Glendale home. Nathaniel Wayne Scheiern, 34, has been charged with two counts of capital murder for allegedly killing Verna Scheiern, 82, and William Scheiern, 77, City News Service reports.

He will be arraigned on July 21, and prosecutor Tamu Usher requested that he be held without bail. Prosecutors will have to decide later if they want to pursue the death penalty.

Police found the couple's bodies on June 28 in their home in the 600 block of Alexander Street in Glendale while performing a welfare check. Authorities believe they were killed on June 24 or June 25 with an ax.

Scheiern was not home at the time of the welfare check, but rather in a hospital in Valencia after sustaining injuries in a single-car crash. He was arrested on July 2.

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Scheiern moved from Colorado to live with his grandparents about a year ago. Neighbors say that they heard him arguing about with his grandparents about money at the home, and a family friend described Scheiern as "troubled."