On Monday, a judge denied a motion by Los Angeles County prosecutors to drop special charges against an alleged cop killer that could keep him in prison for the rest of his life if convicted, without the possibility of parole.
The office of newly-elected L.A. County District Attorney George Gascón had asked the court to drop all special circumstance allegations and gun enhancements against Rhett Nelson. Nelson is accused of murdering two men on June 10, 2019, along with committing a series of robberies and an attempted murder, during a two-day crime spree across Southern California. Police say he shot L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputy Joseph Gilbert Solano, 50, in the back of the head in Alhambra, Calif., after killing Dmitry Koltsov, a famed 31-year-old snowboarder who had been skateboarding in downtown L.A., about an hour earlier.
Deputy Solano’s family attended the preliminary hearing on Monday to voice their opposition to the dismissals, which would have taken the possibility of