Joseph Jimenez faces two counts of murder and allegations of special circumstances of waiting, which make him eligible for the death penalty if convicted.
Rylee Goodrich, 18, and Anthony Barajas, 19, were attending a screening of “The Forever Purge” at the theater in July when they were shot dead, police said. The teens are friends and went to watch the film together, investigators said. Cinema staff found them with gunshot wounds after the movie.
Both victims were shot in the head, according to DA indictment documents. Goodrich died at the scene and Barajas, a well-known TikTok user, died a few days after being removed from the resuscitation system.
Jimenez’s arraignment was postponed following a prison interview with Press-Enterprise in which he claimed voices in his head prompted him to shoot and kill the two teenagers.
Officials say it appears the fatal shooting was not provoked, and there is no indication that he knew the victims. Authorities also said that no one involved in the crime had any gang affiliation.
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