A Livermore couple charged with murder and manufacturing a controlled substance will be arraigned in Pleasanton on Monday, said an Alameda County District Attorney spokeswoman.
Evan Aviles, 22, and his girlfriend Lexie Hutson, 23, are expected in Judge Hugh Walker's Alameda County Superior courtroom at 1:30 p.m. for their roles in the May 21, 2011 explosion that killed a third man as the trio allegedly tried to make hashish oil.
Aviles and Hutson were charged and arrested Thursday for their role in the death of Paul Lom, 35, who police say was part of the drugmaking operation. Lom died after butane -- a flammable liquid used to make the drug -- spilled and pooled on the floor, causing the explosion that injured all three at an apartment complex in the 3600 block of Silver Oaks Way in Livermore.
Lom was taken to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose the day of the blast and died five days later.
Hutson and Aviles were both critically injured in the explosion and taken to Northern California hospitals. The fire caused $350,000 damage to the apartment, and a city building inspector deemed the 5-unit building where the explosion occurred uninhabitable, police said at the time.
Aviles and Huston are both being held at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.
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