UPDATE, APRIL 12, 10:53 A.M.: The family of Kamal Malouf issued a statement concerning the case against his former roommate and suspected murderer, Augustine Brady Godoy:
Although there is satisfaction in this arrest, nothing will bring back Kamal, our beloved son, brother and friend. The void left from his absence will never and can never be filled. Still, during these criminal proceedings we will fight for the justice that Kamal deserves to the very end. We thank the Anaheim Police Department for their unwavering determination in seeking the truth and for this capture.
Godoy's arraignment at the Orange County Jail court was continued to April 28, and his bail was set at $1 million. He was represented by a public defender.
ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 11, 9:58 A.M.: Augustine Brady Godoy is due to make his first court appearance today regarding charges he murdered his roommate in Anaheim—nearly two years after he was initially arrested for the fatal stabbing.
As we reported in July 2015, police responding to an assault and battery call in the 1400 block of West Park Avenue arrived at the home in a quiet neighborhood to find two men covered in blood, one in the kitchen and the other in a bedroom.
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The man in the kitchen, later identified as 27-year-old Kamal Malouf, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other fellow, Godoy, was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. The 30-year-old has since recovered.
Police at the time said Godoy was their murder suspect, but he was not initially charged. After further investigation, he was arrested and taken into custody this past Thursday.
And, Godoy has now been charged with felony murder, with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a knife.
Malouf was a popular 2010 UC Irvine graduate who worked as a behavior interventionist at Autism Solutions for Kids. To memorialize him, Kamal's Charity Fund raised more than $6,000 for Autism Speaks via GoFundMe.com.