A grand jury indictment was unsealed in Downtown Los Angeles Friday in the case against the wife of a noted hairdresser and the wife’s boyfriend -- who are charged with the hairdresser’s murder.
Monica Sementilli, 45, and Robert Louis Baker, 55, were advised of the indictment during a closed-door hearing on the 13th floor of the Criminal Courts Building.
The public and reporters were excluded from the room due to the secrecy allowed in grand jury proceedings.
Defense lawyers present for the hearing declined to comment.
Details on the indictment would be made clear at a court appearance for Sementilli and Baker in Van Nuys on Monday, said L.A. County Deputy District Attorney Beth Silverman.
The couple was arrested and initially charged in June. The “superseding” indictment will replace those charges and allow the case to proceed directly to trial without the need for a preliminary hearing, officials said.
Fabio Sementilli was found stabbed to death inside his home in Woodland Hills in January.
The LAPD said Baker’s DNA was matched to blood found at the crime scene, and detectives said other evidence showed Baker and Sementilli had been involved in a long romantic relationship.
Police said sSecurity video from the neighborhood showed Baker and a second man arriving at the murder scene. The second man has not been identified.