Placerville, California: In February Jordan Piper, 36, and Lindsay Piper, 38, were both arrested and charged with child abuse and torture after the body of 11-year-old Roman Anthony Lopez was found in a container in the basement of their home the day he was reported missing.
At the time of their initial arrest Lindsay was additionally charged with poisoning.
The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office has announced that a complaint against the pair was filed on Thursday, October 28 for charges of murder, child abuse, torture and poisoning.
They are scheduled to be arraigned in court on the new charges on November 19.
Both remain in custody.
"It's great news," Placerville Police Commander Dan Maciel said about the new charges. "Justice for Roman is what we have been aiming for this entire investigation. So long as we get justice for that little guy we will be happy."
Roman's biological mother, Rochelle Lopez, reportedly learned of his death online. A veteran of the Iraq War that is said to have suffered from PTSD. Did did not live to see the new charges against Jordan and Lindsay though, as she died of an undisclosed cause in April in Wisconsin.
"She talked about Roman all the time," Rochelle's friend Jamie Przybylski said. "She fought so hard to get him back. She was a super-strong person. I think she was a lot stronger than she thought she was."
Seven other children were living in the home when Roman died. According to various reports, one of the children is now 18, three of the children have been returned to their biological families, and the remaining three are living with a new family in Michigan.