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Glendale man pleads no contest to killing grandparents

A man pleaded no contest April 27 to killing his grandparents at the Glendale home he shared with them, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

Nathaniel Wayne Scheiern, 35, entered the pleas April 27 to one count each of first-degree murder and second-degree murder. Scheiern also admitted using an ax as a deadly and dangerous weapon. 

Prosecutors say sometime between June 24 and June 25, 2015, Scheiern first attacked his grandmother, 82-year-old Verna Irene Scheiern, with an ax. When his grandfather, William Scheiern, 77, tried to intervene, Scheiern struck him with a hammer, according to evidence at the preliminary hearing.

On June 28, 2015, officers went to check on the couple after a family member said she couldn't reach them. When police arrived, they found the front door ajar and discovered the bodies in a bedroom.

Nathaniel Scheiern is scheduled to return to court June 22 for sentencing. He faces 41 years to life in state prison.

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @jeromercampbell and @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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