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.
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