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.
Firefighters were battling a roadside vegetation fire Friday morning off Interstate 15 near Market Street in the Mount Hope neighborhood, authorities said.
Temperatures are going to remain in the warm range across San Diego County, but the sizzling temperatures experienced Wednesday and Thursday will not be present.
Shoppers were out before dawn in the U.S. for fun and for deals, as retailers that have had a tough year were hoping to bring customers to their stores and websites for Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days of the year.
A charity run, meals for the needy, a long-running music festival and -- shhh! -- holiday shopping were on tap for Thanksgiving Day in San Diego.
The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County was at its highest amount on Thanksgiving since 2013 Thursday, despite dropping for 10 consecutive days.
Shoppers are hitting the stores on Thanksgiving as retailers under pressure look for ways to poach shoppers from their rivals.
The California Highway Patrol arrested 15 in San Diego County on suspicion of drunken driving, during the first night of its annual Thanksgiving "maximum enforcement period."
The always-heated topic of whether to begin holiday shopping on Thanksgiving Day will be raised again Thursday, as many chain stores will open their doors around San Diego one day before the so-called "Black Friday."