VISTA (CNS) - A man who fatally shot a Carlsbad woman who broke off their brief relationship pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder and to attempted murder for wounding the victim's cousin.
Gilberto Mendoza Castillo, 39, was found mentally competent to stand trial last month. He faces 48 years to life in prison when he is sentenced May 15 at the Vista Courthouse.
Castillo admitted guilt in the 2003 death of 31-year-old Maria Munoz, a mother of three. Authorities said he fled to Mexico where he was arrested last year and returned to the United States for prosecution.
Prosecutors said the Munoz dated Castillo for about a month before ending the relationship. The two worked together for a couple of years at Cessy's Taco Shop in Carlsbad, along with her cousin, Miguel Silva.
Castillo told police that he suspected Munoz was dating Silva.
The defendant found out that Munoz was picking up Silva at the taco shop the night of Dec. 7, 2003, and waited for them, according to authorities.
Castillo shot Munoz six times. Silva was shot four times.
A 5-year-old girl who was abducted from New York by her 32-year-old mother, who does not have custody of the child, was found safe Saturday in San Diego, police said.
A man died after his body caught fire, police said Saturday. At 11:30 p.m. Friday, police received a call regarding a person on fire in a field near 5200 Pacific Highway in Mission Bay Park, according to the San Diego Police Department.
Before Saturday, Marine veteran Joshua Ray, his wife and six children had just one vehicle to use for all of their family business, and Ray had to take the train from Oceanside to San Diego every day to get to work.
A sea of pink will travel through San Diego starting Friday for the Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day. The 60 mile journey kicks off early Friday morning and ends Sunday evening at the final destination – the celebratory Closing Ceremony.
A man arrested on suspicion of committing a murder in Imperial Beach earlier this week remained jailed Saturday.
Spencer Abbott had two goals and two assists after missing two games and Eric Fehr scored twice in his debut with the San Diego Gulls in an 8-3 victory over the Tucson Roadrunners Friday night.
On Friday, a fourth woman came forward with disturbing allegations of sexual assault by a San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputy.
Malcolm Young, the rhythm guitarist and guiding force behind the bawdy hard rock band AC/DC who helped create such head-banging anthems as "Highway to Hell," ''Hell's Bells" and "Back in Black," has died.
One person was killed Friday in a crash involving a motorcycle on northbound Interstate 5 in Carlsbad.
Covet Canyon, a paramilitary training camp in the East County, is in financial trouble after the owner defaulted on property payments. Owner Marc Halcon has 90 days to make good on the debt or the 160 acre property could fall into foreclosure and auction.