SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in the trial of a former Camp Pendleton Marine accused of killing a masseuse in a downtown San Diego massage parlor 36 years ago.
Leon Johnson, 58, is charged with murder in connection with the death of Luz Borrayo on Nov. 22, 1975.
A woman who worked at the massage parlor that night told police that two men came in and that Borrayo spent around 45 minutes with the one who gave the name "Leon," according to court records. During that time, she said she heard a couple of thumps against a wall.
After the patrons left, she said she found the 27-year-old Borrayo on the floor, partially clothed and with a piece of material around her neck. An autopsy determined she had been strangled.
In 2002, San Diego police detectives investigating cold cases put obtained a DNA profile of Borrayo's killer and when they submitted it to a database, Johnson was a match.
The defendant was serving a life prison sentence in Mississippi for the 1982 murder of a convenience store clerk. He was extradited to San Diego last year.
Deputy District Attorney Andrea Freshwater said that if Johnson is convicted in the trial in the downtown courtroom of Judge Charles Rogers, he would face seven years to life in state prison, the applicable penalty back in 1975.
Several dogs are in the custody of San Diego County, after a Lomita woman reported that her six dogs were attacked and some killed by a group of pit bulls.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College. The two marches were held in conjunction with other marches across the country.
The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, which prompted the closure of many federal operations, such as national parks and monuments and that included the shutdown of Cabrillo National Monument.
Chilly temperatures and scattered showers started the weekend. Temperatures at the coast and inland communities hovered around 60 degrees with some areas of San Diego County receiving rain during the morning hours.
A transient accused of fatally stabbing a man after they got into an argument near a 7-Eleven store in Poway pleaded not guilty Friday to a murder charge.
Coastal rail closures could complicate the commute for the thousands of people expected at Women's Marches set for downtown San Diego and San Marcos Saturday, though additional transit options are being made available.
A man arrested in the doctor's lounge at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa after claiming to be an anesthesiologist pleaded not guilty Friday to a felony charge of treating the sick without a certificate.
People who bought new homes in Otay Ranch's Village of Escaya can start moving in Friday - later than planned but after the developer took steps to address methane found at the site.
Recent assaults by tactical teams on prototypes of President Donald Trump’s proposed wall with Mexico found their imposing heights should stop border crossers, The Associated Press has learned, a finding that’s likely to please security hawks but raise concerns about costs and environmental damage.