Huntington Beach resident Daniel Becerril, who is suspected of murdering Santa Monica resident Alexander Merman in 2008, will face a pretrial hearing today in the downtown LA Courthouse.
The hearing will examine the investigation that began in March of 2008, when Santa Monica Police discovered the body of Alexander Merman in his condominium at 520 Montana Avenue in Santa Monica.
During the course of the investigation which lasted four years, investigators learned that Becerril was the owner of a company called AP Financial Group in Huntington Beach, California and that Merman was one of several victims of Becerril who used the company to commit various fraudulent crimes involving real-estate and investment fraud.
In addition to murder, Becerril faces an additional 29 charges relating to grand theft, fraud and money laundering relating to Merman and others.
Becerril remains in the custody of the Los Angeles County Sheriff. His bail was set at $2.4 million.