Twins accused of murder in Antelope crash deaths

SACRAMENTO - Twin brothers from Antelope face murder charges in the deaths of an Antelope man and his daughter killed when the pick-up truck the brothers were driving broad-sided the victims' car Wednesday morning.

In addition, 19-year-olds Ruslan and Roman Glukhoy are accused of conspiracy, grand theft, assault on a peace officer, resisting a police officer with force and evading a peace officer with willful and wanton disregard for the safety of others, Placer County district attorney charges.

Killed in the collision on Antelope North Road were 35-year-old Jose Luis Barriga-Tovar and 14-year-old Anahi Tovar.

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A third defendant, 21-year-old Yuriy V. Merkushev, faces the same charges except murder.

"I'm as emotionally distraught about the facts of the case as I think anyone who hears what happened would be," Placer County prosecutor Dave Tellman said. "I don't know if it's anger. Right now, it's just sympathy for our victims."

The Glukhoys and Merkushev are alleged to have committed a burglary in Auburn. As law enforcement attempted to stop them, the defendants tried to ram the officers' car and sped away, the D.A. claims.

The defendants wrecked the car they were in the area of Interstate 80 and Horseshoe Bar Road in Loomis. They then allegedly stole the pickup and fled west on I-80, pursued by the California Highway Patrol. The chase continued into the Antelope area and onto Antelope North Road until the deadly collision with Barriga-Tovar's Kia.

Three public defenders were assigned to represent the defendants at their arraignment Friday. The Glukhoys remain in custody at Placer County Jail on no-bail holds and Merkushev's bail was increased from $15,000 to $50,000.

The men did not enter pleas. Their arraignment was continued to April 9.

Family members of the suspects did not want to talk to reporters after the hearing, but a family friend stopped to say, "This is one of hardest things that everyone involved has had to deal with it, especially the parents that lost their daughter and husband. But for Ruslan and Roman, they would not have wanted this."


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