LOS ANGELES – A Beverly Hills man has been charged with murder in the drug overdose deaths of two unconscious women who were left at hospitals in Southern California, prosecutors announced Tuesday.
David Brian Pearce, 40, was also charged with two counts of selling, transporting or supplying a controlled substance, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said.
Another man, actor Brandt Osborn, 42, was charged with being an accessory after the fact.
Pearce was already awaiting trial on sexual assault charges against seven other women who were attacked between 2007 and 2020, prosecutors said.
A message left for Pearce’s attorney, Jacob Glucksman, was not immediately returned Tuesday night. Glucksman previously told the Los Angeles Times that his client “strongly denies any connection to the unfortunate deaths of these women.”
It was not immediately clear if Osborn had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.
Pearce was arrested in December in connection with the November deaths of model Christy Giles, 24, and her friend, architect Hilda Marcela Cabrales-Arzola, 26.
Giles and Cabrales-Arzola were reportedly last seen attending a party at an East Los Angeles warehouse. Authorities believe they then went to Pearce’s home. Detectives said they believe both women received drugs and overdosed.
Giles was found dead outside Southern California Hospital in Culver City after she was dropped off there by masked men in a car without license plates, police said.
Cabrales-Arzola was left at Kaiser Permanente Hospital West Los Angeles, where she died 11 days after life support was withdrawn.
The Los Angeles County coroner’s office found that the women died from overdoses and had multiple drugs in their systems.
Giles had cocaine and fentanyl in his system, while cocaine and ecstasy were found in his friend’s body.