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Los Angeles father charged in stabbing death of 3 sons found in SUV

An LAPD investigator photographs a crime scene, where three children were been found dead inside a car.

An LAPD investigator photographs a crime scene, where three children were been found dead inside a car.  (ap)

A father who was found with stab wounds in an SUV with his three sons dead in the back was charged with murder on Tuesday.

Luis Fuentes, 33, also known as Luiz Yantuche, was charged with three counts, prosecutors said.

The district attorney's office alleges special circumstances — multiple murders and use of a knife in a killing — that would make Fuentes eligible for the death penalty, but prosecutors said they have not yet decided whether to seek capital punishment.

Fuentes was being held without bail and was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday. It wasn't clear whether he has yet hired an attorney who could be reached for comment.

Authorities allege Fuentes used a knife to kill his young sons — 8-year-old Alexander, 9-year-old Juan and 10-year-old Luis.

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A furniture store owner found the bodies. Fuentes was in the front seat bleeding from stab wounds to his chest with a knife sitting next to him but survived his injuries, authorities said.

Neither police nor prosecutors have cited a motive, but Fuentes' wife died in 2008 and he had suffered from depression ever since, despite the efforts of friends and family to help, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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