A California man is accused of fatally stabbing his uncle and mother, whose work colleague called 911 after witnessing a disturbing scene, authorities said.
According to an Atladena Sheriff’s Station investigation, Dr. Carol Anne Brown, 67, was in her living room on a Zoom call with a Pasadena City College colleague around 2:45 p.m. March 22.
During the video conference, deputies said, the colleague witnessed Brown’s son, Robert Anderson Cotton, 32, in the background dragging 69-year-old Kenneth Wayne Preston, who is Brown’s brother and Cotton’s uncle.
Deputy Tracy Koerner with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Information Bureau said that the “Zoom caller witnessed the attack on both the male and female and called 911 to report the crime.”
“When deputies arrived, they found a deceased male Black adult in the driveway of the location, who had been stabbed several times,” Koerner said. “They checked the inside of the location and found a deceased female Black adult inside the residence.”
Cotton was gone when investigators arrived on the scene, but he “returned to the location driving one of the victim’s vehicles and identified himself as a resident of the home.”
Detectives have not determined a motive for the murders, L.A.’s KNBC reported.
Cotton was booked for two counts of murder and is being held on $2 million bail at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles, online records show.