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Capital murder charges were filed by the District Attorney’s Office today against a 47-year-old Santa Monica transient accused of raping and fatally strangling two women in 2001 and 2002.

Edric Dashell Gross (dob 7-29-1965) is scheduled to appear for arraignment tomorrow at the Airport Branch of Los Angeles Superior Court. The department will be announced in the morning.

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Gross was arrested by Santa Monica Police on Wednesday at Pan Pacific Park. He remains in custody without bail.

The defendant was charged in case No. SA 081636 with two counts of murder. The complaint also alleged the special circumstances of rape of both victims, residential burglary of one victim and multiple murder. The District Attorney’s Office will not decide whether to seek the death penalty until the case moves closer to trial.

Gross is charged with the April 5, 2001, murder of a victim identified in the complaint only as Jacqueline O. She was found dead in a Palisades Park home. She was strangled. The second victim, identified in the complaint only as Dana C., was found dead Oct. 29, 2002, below the bluffs in Palisades Park. She also had been strangled.

Santa Monica police investigators took a new look at the evidence, which included DNA, in putting together the case filed today.

Deputy District Attorneys Linda Loftfield and Amy Carter will prosecute the case.

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