LOS ANGELES — A Tarzana father is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday on murder charges after his missing wife’s dismembered body parts were found in a trash bin and his in-laws were discovered dead.
Samuel Haskell IV, 35, is facing charges for the murders of his 37-year-old wife Mei Haskell and her parents, 64-year-old Yanxiang Wang and 72-year-old Gaoshan Li, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.
Previously, the dismembered body parts found in an Encino dumpster were positively identified as Mei Haskell’s remains. The cause of death was listed as “deferred” by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner.
“These shocking and gruesome crimes have sent shockwaves through our community,” said District Attorney George Gascón when charges were filed in November. “We stand with the victims’ loved ones during this unimaginably difficult time and will do everything in our power to ensure justice is served.”
The victims lived together with Haskell and the couple’s three young children in Tarzana. They were last seen on or about November 6.
Haskell was caught on video dumping bags out of the back of a Tesla into an Encino dumpster. The children have been located and are now under the care of family members.
Haskell remains in custody without bail and, if convicted, could face a maximum sentence of life without parole.