PLEASANTON -- A Livermore couple charged with murder after their partner died after the explosion of their drugmaking lab, had downloaded a how-to-video about hashish oil from the Internet, court records revealed Monday.
Evan Aviles, 22, and his girlfriend Lexie Hutson, 23, made their first court appearance in Judge Hugh Walker's Alameda County Superior courtroom on Monday where the charges of murder and manufacturing a controlled substance were read.
Dressed in yellow jumpsuits, Aviles and Hutson were arraigned on the charges related to the death of Paul Lom, 35, and for manufacturing hashish oil. Hutson wiped away tears as Walker read the charges and ordered them back to his courtroom at 2 p.m. Wednesday, when they may enter a plea to the charges.
The couple was arrested June 14, more than a year after the May 21, 2011, explosion and fire at the couple's Livermore apartment on Silver Oaks Way. Lom died after butane -- a flammable liquid used to make the drug -- spilled and pooled on the floor, causing the explosion that critically injured all three.
Lom, who police said was part of the drugmaking operation, suffered burns to over 90 percent of his body and died five days after the blast. Hutson and Avila were also taken to area hospitals the day of the explosion.
According to court records, police obtained a search warrant of the apartment after the fire and discovered a computer that had searches about hash oil, hash, butane
The trio also had sent text messages to each other, regarding the manufacturing of hashish oil, and fingerprints from the duo were found on equipment used to manufacture hashish oil, according to court records. Statements taken from neighbors and family implicated the couple in marijuana cultivation and manufacture of hashish oil.
Detective John Reynolds wrote in the police report that the consequences of the couple's acts were "dangerous to human life, including Lom's death and to the lives of the other residents of the complex."
The fire caused $350,000 in damage to the apartment, and the city deemed the five-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 without bail.
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