LOS ANGELES -- Two men -- one of whom was wanted in the brutal murder of a University of Texas freshman -- jumped to their deaths from a Hollywood hotel before dawn yesterday morning, just as police broke into their hotel room, authorities said.
Matthew Novatny, 22, and Jason Smith, 19, were pronounced dead on the pavement where they fell. Mr. Novatny was being sought by police in Austin, Texas, as a suspect in the Oct. 19 murder of Tiffani Bruce, an 18-year-old fashion and design major at the University of Texas.
Mr. Novatny and Mr. Smith fled to the Los Angeles area from Texas several days ago in an effort to elude a nationwide manhunt, Austin, Texas, police said. Early yesterday