SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A Los Angeles County man Thursday pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for beating and strangling his wife on a cruise ship two years ago as the vessel returned to San Diego from a five-day trip to Cabo San Lucas.
Robert John McGill, from Winnetka in the San Fernando Valley, faces life in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 8 by U.S. District Judge Irma Gonzalez.
In a probable cause statement filed with a criminal complaint, an FBI special agent said McGill "stated he killed his wife (Shirley) in the bathroom of their cabin with his bare hands."
Crew members on the 2,052-passenger ship Carnival Elation responded to a domestic dispute shortly before 8:30 p.m. on July 14, 2009 -- the defendant's 55th birthday -- in the couple's cabin and found the victim's body.
The FBI -- which investigated because the murder occurred in international waters -- said Shirley McGill, who was also 55, was killed when the ship was about three hours out of Cabo San Lucas. She'd been dead for about two hours when her body was discovered.
McGill's attorney said in court papers that his client was extremely intoxicated aboard the ship, and witnesses described the defendant as stumbling around and barely able to walk.
The McGills, married in 2003, were former high school sweethearts who got back together later in life.
Robert McGill, now 57, worked for 30 years with the Los Angeles County Office of Education teaching at-risk teenagers.
A search is underway for two men wanted in connection with an armed robbery at an East Lake home in the 1600 block of Claret Cup Drive late Saturday night.
Rady's Children's Hospital welcomed hundreds of former NICU patients and their families Sunday for a very special annual reunion. The group had the chance to say thank you and catch up with the doctors and nurses who helped care for the newborns.
San Diegans now have to dial 10 digits for all calls - even local calls. As of Saturday, May 19, callers with area codes 619 and 858 have to enter the area code for all calls. Landline callers will have to dial one first, then the area code and phone number.
Several fires that ignited across San Diego County last week are under investigation. One cause being considered is the possibility that the fires were started by homeless people.
Dozens demonstrated on the Del Mar corner of Jimmy Durante Blvd. and Via de la Valle saying gun shows should not be held at the the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
A fire at an apartment in downtown Chula Vista sent two children to a hospital early Saturday morning.
Mesa College will award the first bachelor's degrees in its history during a commencement ceremony today, the college announced.
Sharp Hospital on Friday recognized those who have overcome major medical setbacks to become leaders in the community during the 28th Annual Victories of Spirit celebration.