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.
Four college basketball coaches were among those facing federal charges Tuesday in a wide probe of fraud and corruption in the NCAA, authorities said. Including former SDSU assistant coach Tony Bland now of the University of Southern California.
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The City of Chula Vista is making a push to hire more officers as the city's population continues to steadily grow and the police department said it does not have enough officers to keep pace.
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