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Man, 21, accused of slaying family

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The son of a real estate broker in L.A.'s bucolic San Fernando Valley was charged Tuesday in the slaying of his Realtor father, licensee mother and teenage sister. Prosecutors charge that Brandon Christopher Menard, 21, stabbed real estate broker David Michael Menard to death in their family home on a quiet cul-de-sac in Northridge late Thursday night or perhaps early Friday morning. Prosecutors say he also used a knife to kill his 55-year-old mother -- part-time agent Toni Kathleen Menard -- and 16-year-old sister, Ashley. David Menard, 56, was a licensed real estate broker, according to California Department of Real Estate records, and his wife, Toni Kathleen, worked for him as a licensed real estate salesperson. David had maintained a real estate license since 1994 and Toni had maintained a license since 1997. If convicted of the three slayings, Brandon Menard could face the death penalty. Los Angeles prosecutor Beth Silverman said Tuesday that the District Attorney's Office won't d...