Shazer Fernando Limas, who is accused of stabbing his girlfriend and their two children to death in Orange on April 13, pleaded not guilty at his continued arraignment today.
But a question remains:
Where are the boys?
The Orange County District Attorney's office previously released this timeline:
On April 14, 2012, Limas is accused of stabbing and murdering his
girlfriend 31-year-old Arlet Hernandez Contreras and her sons, 2-year-old Fernando
L. and 4-month-old Emmanuel L. at an Orange apartment they occupied in
the 3000 block of West Chapman Avenue.
On April 15, 2012, Limas is accused of going to Long Beach Memorial Hospital for surgery on a cut to his hand.
On April 24, 2012, Limas is accused of buying a sundry of supplies at a
Home Depot. He is accused of moving out of the apartment.
On April 25, 2012, Limas is accused of disposing of victim Contreras'
body, which was found in the City of La Puente by County workers with
multiple stab wounds that same day. Her body was found on the street in
On April 28, 2012, Limas is accused of turning in his keys and a letter of notice to vacate to the apartment management.
On May 3, 2012, Orange Police Department (OPD) was contacted by
apartment management about blood found in Limas' vacant apartment. Later
that day, at approximately 6:30 p.m., OPD located Limas driving a
Nissan 350Z in Santa Ana. Limas is accused of leading police on a
high-speed pursuit going south of the Interstate 405 to Interstate 5.
The California Highway Patrol took over the pursuit approximately 15
minutes into the pursuit. Limas was detained when his vehicle was
disabled by a spike strip and he was arrested at 7:30 pm.
On May 4, 2012, OPD contacted various County Coroners' Offices and found
Contreras' body at the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office.
Limas, 31, is being held without bail on suspicion of three counts of special circumstances murder
with sentencing enhancements for multiple murders and the personal use
of a deadly weapon that could make him eligible for the death penalty.
Arlet Hernandez Contreras, Fernando and Emmanuel Limas, OC Homicides Nos. 12, 13, 14: Shazer Fernando Limas May Face Death Penalty
Contreras' body was found
April 25 under a tarp in La Puente, but searches of the Olinda
Alpha landfill in Brea have not yet produced the boys' bodies. Investigators believe Limas stuffed his sons in the trash, and Olinda Alpha takes rubbish from the Orange apartment complex.
Meanwhile, Limas reportedly sought a temporary restraining order against Contreras the same month she was bludgeoned.
“I fear for my safety and well-being, but also for my property,” wrote Limas, according to court documents. “My main concern is that Arlet Hernandez Contreras is going to
physically hurt herself and accuse me of doing so.”
She can't now.