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Death Penalty Possible For Man Charged With Double Murder In Santa Barbara County

(Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office photo)
The scene of a double shooting in Goleta January 7th which led to the deaths of the two victims.

One of the men arrested for a double murder in Santa Barbara County is now facing the possibility of the death penalty.

Bryan Munoz is facing several charges, including multiple murder which opens the door to the death penalty, or life in prison without the possibility of parole.  He and a teenage boy are accused of the January 7th shootings of Enzo Rastelli and Jasper Van Der Meulen in Goleta.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown says the killings were the result of a drug deal gone bad. 

Prosecutors haven’t said yet whether they will seek the death penalty.  The 15-year-old boy accused of taking part in the killings has been charged in juvenile court.  He could potentially remain in custody until he is 25 years old.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.