December 11, 2023

By Sarah Moon, Christina Maxouris and Steve Almasy | CNN

Los Angeles  — The son of a Hollywood agent is going through costs within the killings of his lacking spouse and her mother and father after physique elements have been allegedly present in his trash and a close-by dumpster, in response to California prosecutors.

Samuel Haskell, 35, appeared Monday afternoon in a Los Angeles court docket the place a decide denied him bail however granted his lawyer’s request to postpone his arraignment. He was not requested to enter a plea to a few counts of homicide, every enhanced with particular allegations of a number of murders.

He was arrested final week after a part of a girl’s physique was present in a dumpster. The invention early Wednesday led investigators to the house he shared along with his spouse, their three kids and his in-laws. Los Angeles police say they searched the house and located blood and different proof – however they didn’t discover his spouse or her mother and father.

Prosecutors supplied new particulars within the chilling case Monday, alleging Haskell killed 37-year-old Mei Li Haskell, and her mother and father, 71-year-old Gaoshan Li and 64-year-old Yanxiang Wang. Up till now, investigators had stated the trio have been lacking.

CNN has reached out to Haskell’s lawyer for remark. Haskell, who appeared in court docket in a blue jail uniform, might be formally charged at his arraignment December 8.

Right here’s what we all know.

Haskell allegedly employed employees to take away trash luggage with physique elements

In a Monday information launch, prosecutors stated a day laborer – who was one in all 4 employees Haskell allegedly employed on Tuesday to take away some heavy black plastic trash luggage from his residence in Tarzana – discovered physique elements in a bag the laborer opened. The employee referred to as 911 and reported the invention.

The identical day somebody allegedly noticed and photographed Haskell placing a big trash bag right into a dumpster not removed from his residence, in response to the information launch from the Los Angeles County District Lawyer’s Workplace.

The following day, a lady’s torso was present in that dumpster, in response to prosecutors.

The disturbing discover got here simply earlier than dawn Wednesday morning. An individual trying by way of dumpster bins behind a busy highway discovered a bag, and inside it, the physique half, authorities stated.

Whereas identification of the dismembered physique half is pending, one police official stated it’s believed to be Mei Li Haskell – the suspect’s spouse.

Police discovered blood inside the house

Investigators who responded to the decision in regards to the physique half present in a dumpster discovered info that led them to the suspect’s home within the West Valley space, the Los Angeles Police Division stated in a information launch. It’s unclear what info was discovered that led to the suspect.