REDWOOD CITY (CBS SF) — A man accused of luring, stabbing and killing two men in a remote part of San Mateo County pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that could lead to a death sentence.
Malik Dosouqi, 26, of Pacifica, told the judge he wanted to represent himself and pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder, two counts of use of a deadly weapon, two counts of infliction of great bodily injury and two counts of special circumstances.
The judge continued the case to July 17 for a hearing on Dosouqi’s motion for self-representation. In the meantime, the defendant did not waive time, so the case is also set for a preliminary hearing on July 18.
Dosouqi was arrested in connection with the stabbing deaths of 31-year-old John Sione Pekipaki and 32-year-old Abdulmalek Nasher. The men were killed in late June on a stretch of Skyline Boulevard in unincorporated San Mateo County.
“We’re now working on the details as to why would he have decided to lure these two innocent victims to that location to murder them,” San Mateo County District Attorney Stephen Wagstaffe said.
On June 14th at 11:09 p.m., a deputy found Nasher’s body in a dirt area west of Skyline Boulevard just north of Reids Roost Road.
On June 15th at 11 p.m., patrol deputies returned to the scene to search for additional evidence, and at 11:55 p.m., the deputies heard someone calling for help.
They found Pekipaki lying on the ground in a turnout off Skyline Boulevard with stab wounds. They also saw a man, later identified as Dosouqi, driving away.
A deputy shot at the oncoming vehicle moving toward Pekipaki and other deputies, according to the sheriff’s office.
Dosouqi drove the vehicle off the roadway and into a ditch. He was taken into custody and treated for a laceration to his arm.
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