SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The suspected killer of a man whose dismembered body was found three months ago in a ravine in Hawaii agreed Monday that he is the person wanted in the Pacific island state for second-degree murder.
In a hearing in San Diego Superior Court, 46-year-old Bryan Suitt did not contest that he is the man Hawaiian authorities are looking for in the death of Alex "Gonzo" Gonzales, 34.
A review hearing is scheduled Jan. 2 to determine if a governor's warrant has been received. The warrant is necessary in order for the defendant to be extradited to Hawaii.
Suitt was arrested Dec. 2 at his mother's home in Coronado. He is being held without bail.
On Nov. 26, an Oahu grand jury indicted Suitt on suspicion of second-degree murder. Authorities have disclosed no motive for the killing, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Gonzales' dismembered and decomposing body was found Sept. 15 in off Mililani Memorial Park Cemetery Road in the town of Waipio by a couple looking for recyclables.
Police released photos of the then-unidentified victim's tattoos, seeking the public's help in identifying him, and asked the Marshals Service for help, since Suitt was believed to live in the mainland United States, the newspaper reported.
Gonzales, who had an auto-theft conviction and several misdemeanor convictions on his criminal record, moved in with friends in Kalihi about two months before his death, a former girlfriend told the Star-Advertiser.
According to postings on his Facebook page, Gonzales was from Long Beach, his mother lives on Kauai, and he has a sister who resides in California.
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."