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Brian McNabb

A new felony battery charge has been filed against Brian McNabb, the younger brother of triple homicide suspect David McNabb, to which he pleaded not guilty during a brief arraignment Tuesday morning. 

Brian Charles McNabb, 40, of Santa Maria, pleaded not guilty to one felony count of battery causing serious bodily injury against a female victim identified only as Jane Doe, according to his complaint sheet filed by the District Attorney's Office on Monday, Jan. 7. 

The felony complaint further alleges that the violation occurred Dec. 30, two days after the brutal slayings of his sister Nicole McNabb, 34, his mother Melanie McNabb, 64, and his mother's boyfriend, Carlos Echavarria, 63. All three were allegedly beaten and stabbed by David McNabb, 43, who was shot and killed by police on the night of the homicides.

Charges stem from Brian McNabb's Dec. 30 arrest for previously assaulting a family member in his Santa Maria home, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office. 

Brian McNabb was facing a misdemeanor count of violating a restraining order, which had been filed against him by his ex-wife, according to court records. His battery and court violation charges are unrelated to the Dec. 28 slayings, according to the District Attorney's Office.

McNabb has since pleaded not guilty to both counts, and will return to court Jan. 9 to set a preliminary hearing date, which has been tentatively scheduled for Jan. 16 at the Santa Maria Superior Court. 

Court records indicate that Brian McNabb has multiple restraining orders filed against him by his former wife, and fellow parishioners at a Santa Maria church he reportedly used to attend. He is also accused threatening them through explicit emails.

The domestic violence restraining order request filed in September 2017 by his former wife alleged that Brian McNabb was verbally abusive, harassed other family members, and made multiple threats towards her and her children. 

His former wife's declaration, which was attached to the restraining order request, further alleged that Brian McNabb exhibited questionable mental behavior, and was later diagnosed with brief reactive psychosis, according to court records. 

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Gina Kim covers crime and courts for Santa Maria Times. Follow her on Twitter @gina_k210