EL CAJON (CNS) - A former East County high school track and field star accused of causing the death of his girlfriend at a home in Spring Valley must stand trial on a murder charge, a judge ruled Tuesday.
Roshawn Lamar Broadnax faces 30 years to life in prison if convicted in the July death of 19-year-old Deazjnae Banks.
Deputies found the defendant tending to a gravely injured Banks in the 9500 block of Piedmont Street on July 10, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.
Broadnax, 21, who ran track for Helix Charter High School, was immediately arrested on suspicion of attempted murder as paramedics took Banks to Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, where she was admitted in critical condition. Two days later, physicians removed her from life-support equipment and Broadnax was charged with murder.
During his preliminary hearing at the El Cajon courthouse, a witness testified that Broadnax called her to say he had hit the victim.
Another witness, the victim's cousin, testified that Banks called her around 12:30 p.m. on July 10, telling her that Broadnax was "trippin" and to "come get her," without saying where she was.
The cousin said she got in her car and tried to find Banks, but never heard back from the victim.
The witness said Broadnax called her about 4 p.m., saying ambulance personnel wanted to talk to her.
No other details were available on how Banks died.
Banks and Broadnax, who has a prior conviction for burglary, had been dating for about a year and a half, according to Deputy District Attorney Danielle Hickman.
While running track for Helix Charter High School in 2008, Broadnax earned junior varsity honor roll status for performances in the 400 meters and triple jumps as a sophomore.
Judge Allan Preckel ruled that enough evidence was presented for Broadnax to proceed to trial and scheduled a March 6 Superior Court arraignment.
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