This is the first time Yuriy Merkushev and twin brothers Ruslan and Roman Glukhoy were in the same room since allegedly taking Placer County deputies on a high speed chase.
Now all are facing serious charges of grand theft and evading police.
“We hope to achieve a fair and quick trial,” said Dave Tellman of the Placer County Discrict Attorney’s Office.
The Glukhoy brothers also face two counts of murder after deputies say they crashed into this car in antelope, killing Luis Tovar Barriga and his teen daughter Anahi.
“I’m as emotionally distraught about the facts of the case as I think anyone who hears what happened here,” said Tellman
Family and friends of those brothers said little after the arraignment hearing. But earlier family members told FOX40 the two brothers were battling heroin addiction after becoming addicted to prescription pain killers while recovering from a bus accident.
Meanwhile Merkushev was captured in a Loomis backyard before the fatal crash happened in Antelope. He will not face murder charges for the time being, having a bail set at $50,000.But the brother’s bail was declined.
“For an open count of murder the scheduled bail is no bail,” Tellman said.
Both of the brothers have been placed on suicide watch, and appeared in court in protective vests.
Roman Glukhoy will also be charged with breaking a deputies hand during arrest.
“This is an extremely tragic, tragic case,” said Tellman.