A former North Seattle College student accused of fatally shooting his parents and seriously wounding his 8-year-old brother in their Southern California home pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted-murder charges today.
Ashton Sachs, 20, pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder during an arraignment in Orange County Superior Court, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office in Santa Ana, Calif. He was arrested in March after a monthlong investigation.
His parents, Bradford Sachs, 57, and Andra Sachs, 54, were found dead in their San Juan Capistrano mansion around 2 a.m. Feb. 9, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said. Their 8-year-old son had also been shot and had serious injuries that resulted in paralysis.
Ashton Sachs is accused of traveling from Seattle to California with the intention of killing his family, the District Attorney’s Office said in a news release.
According to court papers, Sachs, then 19, entered the family home with a firearm and shot his parents as they slept, then entered his 8-year-old brother’s room and wounded him. Ashton Sachs also attempted to shoot his sister, but she was unharmed, according to court documents.
Ashton Sachs subsequently returned to Seattle, authorities say. They believe he acted alone.
He and his older brother filed a petition for guardianship of their three younger siblings and their estates two weeks after their parents’ deaths in San Diego, where Sachs was arrested. His brother, who is a Washington State University student, was granted temporary custody last month, according to San Diego County Superior Court documents.
Ashton Sachs had lived in Seattle since last fall and was a student at North Seattle College, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.