Man charged in deadly 4th of July stabbings in Huntington Beach – NBC Los Angeles

A Redondo Beach man has been charged with fatally stabbing a man during a Fourth of July fireworks celebration in Huntington Beach while under the influence of alcohol and drugs, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.

Logan Christopher Kelley, 26, was charged with stabbing five unknown assailants, killing two men and injuring three others, after drinking and taking hallucinogenic drugs.

The district attorney’s office said Kelley also assaulted a teenager while the teenager helped keep Kelley in custody after the attack.

Kelley faces two felony counts of murder with the special circumstance of multiple murders, three felony counts of attempted murder, one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon and one misdemeanor count of assault on a police officer. He has also been charged with one felony count of aggravated personal use of a deadly weapon.

Because the special circumstances murder charges would make him eligible for a maximum sentence of the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole, the District Attorney’s Office was expected to convene a special circumstances committee to determine whether to seek the death penalty.

On the July 4 holiday, officers responded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon near 16th Street and Pecan Avenue around 11:15 p.m.

When Kelley approached and began stabbing people he didn’t know, Eric Hodges, 42, and William Collins, 47, died from their stab wounds. Three other men also suffered non-life-threatening injuries.