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Susan Bezner, 64

Susan Bezner, a 64-year-old white woman, was found fatally stabbed Monday, Aug. 9, in the 4200 block of Arica Avenue in Rosemead, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

Sheriff's deputies found Susan Bezner and her husband, Jack, a 70-year-old white man, in their bed with multiple wounds to their upper torsos, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

The couple's Nissan was missing. As detectives conducted their investigation, they discovered that Rodolfo Lopez, 21, and his girlfriend, the couple's 14-year-old granddaughter, allegedly stole the vehicle and were fleeing to Texas, Lt. Mike Rosson said.

The granddaughter, identified by the Los Angeles County district attorney's office as Sophia Janalisa Cristo, and Lopez were later captured in El Paso County, Texas.

The two have each been charged with two counts of murder, prosecutors said.

If convicted, Lopez would be eligible for the death penalty. Cristo could be sentenced to life without parole because of  her age.

-- Andrew Blankstein, Robert J. Lopez and Sarah Ardalani

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