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Hearing postponed for man accused of killing girlfriend

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VISTA (CNS) - A preliminary hearing was postponed Monday to Feb. 11 for a Vista man accused of beating his girlfriend to death and stashing her body in debris behind a shopping center trash bin.

Kirk Leon Stapleton, 54, is charged with murder in the August death of 47-year-old Juanita Kawash.

The defendant was already jailed on unrelated allegations when he was re-arrested Sept. 4 on suspicion of murder, according to San Diego County sheriff's Lt. Glenn Giannantonio.

He is accused of killing Kawash, then covering her body in plastic and other debris and leaving it behind a shopping center trash bin in the 1400 block of North Santa Fe Avenue, the lieutenant said. An autopsy showed she died of blunt force injuries, likely inflicted the day before her body was discovered on Aug. 19.

Giannantonio declined to say what evidence linked Stapleton to the homicide.


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