SANTA CRUZ — Showing earlier than a packed courtroom Thursday morning, Theobald “Theo” Brooks Lengyel confronted arraignment on a homicide cost associated to a believed Capitola lady.
Santa Cruz County Superior Courtroom Choose Syda Cogliati, overseeing the matter, appointed a public protection legal professional for Lengyel, a 54-year-old El Cerrito resident, and agreed to delay his arraignment two weeks, to Jan. 16, after his counsel’s new project.
Police arrested Lengyel on Tuesday off Freeway 1 close to Wilder Ranch, the identical day human stays had been positioned within the East Bay’s Tilden Regional Park, stated Capitola Police Division Capt. Sarah Ryan. Detectives discovered the human stays after a tip led them to coordinate with East Bay Regional Park District police to go looking the park. They’re linking the stays to Lengyel’s girlfriend, 61-year-old Capitola resident Alice “Alyx” Kamakaokalani Herrmann, Ryan stated. Nevertheless, definitive DNA testing outcomes remained pending this week, in accordance with the division.
Regardless of discovery of what could also be Herrmann’s stays in Contra Costa County, the case is being tried in Santa Cruz County as a result of Herrmann’s private digital gadgets had been final accessed in Capitola and he or she was final seen in Santa Cruz, in accordance with Ryan.
In keeping with the Santa Cruz County District Legal professional’s Workplace, Lengyel is believed to have killed Herrmann on Dec. 5, two days after she was final seen by fellow members of Outrigger Santa Cruz at a membership observe. Her household reported Herrmann lacking Dec. 12, after she missed a flight to Hawaii.
Lengyel is a former member of the “cult-followed experimental funk-metal band” Mr. Bungle, fashioned in 1985 with highschool pals in Eureka, in accordance with a 2011 profile on well-known individuals with Humboldt County roots by the Tri-Metropolis Weekly. The band broke up in 2004, however not earlier than releasing three studio albums via Warner Brothers Information within the Nineteen Nineties.
Along with homicide, Lengyel faces felony expenses of first-degree residential housebreaking and auto theft. In keeping with the charging doc, prosecutors imagine Lengyel entered Herrmann’s house Dec. 30 “with the intent to commit larceny and any felony.” In addition they cost that he stole a black 2003 Volkswagen Beetle on New 12 months’s Eve. El Cerrito police earlier had impounded Lengyel’s and Herrmann’s autos — each parked outdoors Lengyel’s El Cerrito house — associated to the investigation, the division stated final month.
The Occasions-Normal contributed to this report.