A Utah man was held without bail Thursday on charges of murder in the deaths of an off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy and another man.

Rhett McKenzie Nelson, 30, of St. George, wore a navy blue jail uniform during his initial arraignment in Los Angeles Superior Court as the family of Deputy Joseph G. Solano and uniformed deputies with black mourning bands over the badges looked on.

Authorities allege Nelson shot Dmitry Koltsov from his vehicle in downtown Los Angeles on Monday, attempted to kill Aleksandr Chudetckii, then fatally shot Solano inside a Jack in the Box in suburban Alhambra. They also say he committed two robberies in Long Beach.

Suspect Rhett McKenzie Nelson appears in Los Angeles Superior court Thursday, June 13, 2019 in Los Angeles. Nelson has been charged with murder in the deaths of an off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy and another man. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Suspect Rhett McKenzie Nelson appears in Los Angeles Superior court Thursday, June 13, 2019 in Los Angeles. Nelson has been charged with murder in the deaths of an off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy and another man. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Nelson’s family says he suffers from mental illness and an opiate addiction. Defense attorney Jenn Bartick was not immediately available for comment.

Nelson is due back in court on July 22 for further arraignment. He did not enter a plea on Thursday before Judge Teresa Sullivan and quietly answered, “Yes, Your Honor,” when she asked him if he understood that his arraignment was being extended.

The case includes special circumstance allegations of multiple murders, murder by means of discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle and using a handgun in the commission of the crimes. Prosecutors haven’t decided whether to seek life in prison or the death penalty if Nelson is convicted.

Suspect Rhett McKenzie Nelson appears in Los Angeles Superior Court Thursday, June 13, 2019 in Los Angeles. Nelson has been charged with murder in the deaths of an off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy and another man. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Suspect Rhett McKenzie Nelson appears in Los Angeles Superior Court Thursday, June 13, 2019 in Los Angeles. Nelson has been charged with murder in the deaths of an off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy and another man. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Solano’s family hugged each other as they filed out of the courtroom and were quickly shepherded into a back room by prosecutor Antonella Nistorescu.

A candlelight vigil will be held for Solano at the Jack in the Box where he was shot Thursday night, according to social media posts by San Gabriel City Councilwoman Denise Menchaca.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, far left, holds hands with grieving family members and loved ones of Deputy Joseph Gilbert Solano as they walk in a procession behind a coroner's van transporting Solano's body, Wednesday, June 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. Solano, who had been on life support, died Wednesday afternoon after being shot in an off-duty attack at a fast-food restaurant on Monday. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, far left, holds hands with grieving family members and loved ones of Deputy Joseph Gilbert Solano as they walk in a procession behind a coroner’s van transporting Solano’s body, Wednesday, June 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. Solano, who had been on life support, died Wednesday afternoon after being shot in an off-duty attack at a fast-food restaurant on Monday. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Relatives of Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Joseph Gilbert Solano console one another after a news conference announcing his death, Wednesday, June 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. Solano, who had been on life support, died Wednesday afternoon after being shot in an off-duty attack at a fast-food restaurant on Monday. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Relatives of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Joseph Gilbert Solano console one another after a news conference announcing his death, Wednesday, June 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. Solano, who had been on life support, died Wednesday afternoon after being shot in an off-duty attack at a fast-food restaurant on Monday. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Family, friends, colleagues and others walk in a procession behind a coroner's van transporting the body of fallen Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Joseph Gilbert Solano to the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner, Wednesday, June 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. Solano, who had been on life support, died Wednesday afternoon after being shot in an off-duty attack at a fast-food restaurant on Monday. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Family, friends, colleagues and others walk in a procession behind a coroner’s van transporting the body of fallen Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Joseph Gilbert Solano to the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner, Wednesday, June 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. Solano, who had been on life support, died Wednesday afternoon after being shot in an off-duty attack at a fast-food restaurant on Monday. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies walk in a procession behind a coroner's van transporting the body of fallen Deputy Joseph Gilbert Solano to the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner after a news conference announcing his death, Wednesday, June 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. Solano, who had been on life support, died Wednesday afternoon after being shot in an off-duty attack at a fast-food restaurant on Monday. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies walk in a procession behind a coroner’s van transporting the body of fallen Deputy Joseph Gilbert Solano to the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner after a news conference announcing his death, Wednesday, June 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. Solano, who had been on life support, died Wednesday afternoon after being shot in an off-duty attack at a fast-food restaurant on Monday. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva announces, Wednesday, June 12, 2019, in Los Angeles, that Deputy Joseph Gilbert Solano, who had been on life support, has died, as members of Solano's family stand in background, at right. Solano was shot in an off-duty attack at a fast-food restaurant on Monday. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva announces, Wednesday, June 12, 2019, in Los Angeles, that Deputy Joseph Gilbert Solano, who had been on life support, has died, as members of Solano’s family stand in background, at right. Solano was shot in an off-duty attack at a fast-food restaurant on Monday. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
In this Tuesday, June 11, 2019, photo provided by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department shows suspect Rhett Nelson. Police in San Diego County are investigating whether Nelson, who allegedly shot an off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy and killed another man an hour earlier, may have also committed five armed robberies there earlier this month. (Los Angeles Sheriff's Department via AP)
In this Tuesday, June 11, 2019, photo provided by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department shows suspect Rhett Nelson. Police in San Diego County are investigating whether Nelson, who allegedly shot an off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy and killed another man an hour earlier, may have also committed five armed robberies there earlier this month. (Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department via AP)

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