SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A parolee accused of fatally stabbing an acquaintance in her City Heights apartment last summer pleaded not guilty Monday to murder charges and was ordered held on $1 million bail.
Frank Dwayne Shaw, 36, of Southcrest, faces 82 years to life in state prison if convicted in the death of 48-year-old Maureen Skeffington.
Deputy District Attorney Brian Erickson told Judge Lorna Alksne Shaw has previous "strike" convictions stemming from a series of armed robberies in 1997 and represented a serious threat to the community.
The prosecutor said patrol officers checking on the victim's welfare on Aug. 28 found her naked body face down in a bathtub. She had been stabbed twice in the neck.
Shaw -- whose exact relationship to the victim wasn't revealed -- was arrested last Thursday at his home.
"We did find evidence that directly matches the defendant with the crime scene," Erickson said, noting Shaw was the last person to have contact with the victim.
Police said Skeffington was unmarried and lived alone in an apartment in the 3800 block of Cherokee Avenue.
A status conference was scheduled for Dec. 31 and a preliminary hearing set for Jan. 8.
Only two days before preview night at Comic-Con kicks off and the streets of downtown San Diego on Monday night were being transformed in Comic-Con fever.
The San Diego City Council on Monday rejected Mayor Kevin Faulconer's plan regarding short term vacation rentals, but in a 6 to 3 vote approved City Councilwoman Barbara Bry's regulations plan.
The San Diego International Airport was granted $12.1 million in the Federal Aviation Administration's latest round of awards announced Monday.
A harbor seal with the most severe neck wound that SeaWorld's rescue team had ever seen was returned to the ocean after undergoing rehabilitation at the San Diego theme park.
Burglars hit a Little League snack bar sometime this weekend, ransacking it and taking items of food. The Vista National Little League's snack bar was torn apart and hundreds of dollars' worth of food was gone.
A dispute over perceived animal abuse on a Core- Columbia roadside led on Monday to a stabbing that left a pedestrian nursing a minor wound and a woman behind bars, authorities reported.
A horrifying scene at the zoo in New Orleans over the weekend after a jaguar escaped from its enclosure and killed several animals before finally being captured.
Triple Crown winner Justify has re-located to Del Mar where trainer Bob Baffert is keeping him under observation after swelling in his left front ankle emerged two weeks ago.
A man accused of stabbing a fellow passenger during a fight on a Greyhound bus, forcing the driver to pull over on the freeway near University City, pleaded not guilty on Monday to an attempted murder charge.