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Chula Vista attorney arrested in 1989 cold case killing

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have arrested a Southern California attorney for allegedly killing his girlfriend's daughter 20 years ago so his girlfriend could gain custody of her granddaughter.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department says 74-year old Eric Fagan was arrested Wednesday at his home in Chula Vista and is being held without bail in Rancho Cucamonga on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.

Authorities believe Fagan shot and killed Cathy Paternoster and wounded Carl Fuerst outside their Spring Valley Lake home in 1989. They say Fagan committed the murder to enable his girlfriend, Paternoster's mother, to get custody of the victim's daughter.

Authorities say Fagan has written books on Internet dating and finding one's soul mate.

Messages were left at Fagan's law office.

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