EL CAJON (CNS) - A Lakeside man accused of killing his 77-year-old father in the apartment they shared pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a murder charge.
Charles Leo Goodwin, 28, was ordered held on $2.5 million bail.
The suspect made an emergency call last Saturday evening to report the death of his father, Robert Goodwin, according to San Diego County sheriff's Lt. Dennis Brugos.
While confirming the fatality in the defendant's bedroom, medics noticed suspicious wounds on the man's body and notified deputies, who called in a homicide team, authorities said.
Deputy District Attorney Claudia Grasso told Judge Charles Ervin that the victim died of blunt force trauma and had severely broken ribs and severe bruising on his face.
The defendant had blood on his shirt, hands and inner thigh when emergency personnel arrived at the apartment, the prosecutor said.
Goodwin faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted. He will be back in court Feb. 9 for a readiness conference and Feb. 16 for a preliminary hearing.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Tuesday to celebrate the opening of a joint-use park at McKinley Elementary.
A vote is expected Tuesday as the Del Mar Fair Board considers transforming the Surf Side Race Place into a new indoor entertainment venue.
The San Diego City Council Tuesday formally approved a $225,000 settlement in litigation brought by a deputy city attorney, who alleged sexual harassment by her former supervisor.
The Gate Fire, which has burned about 2,056 acres northwest of Dulzura, was 95 percent contained Monday. Cal Fire also reported that all evacuation orders and warnings were lifted in the fire area.
The Gate Fire northwest of Dulzura has been fully contained. Cal Fire says its crews will remain on scene Tuesday mopping up and guarding against flareups.
The North County Transit District (NCTD) has voted to lay off its enforcement officers that patrol local train and bus stations.
It'll be mostly sunny in the majority of San Diego County Tuesday, once the morning clouds and fog clear.
The North County Transit District (NCTD) has settled a high-profile lawsuit with a former employee for nearly $100,000.