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Man accused of killing roommate pleads not guilty

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EL CAJON (CNS) - A man accused of killing his female roommate at their home in Spring Valley before making a failed attempt to commit suicide pleaded not guilty Friday to a murder charge.

Michael Dean Mifflin, 58, was ordered held without bail.

Sheriff's deputies responding to a report of a death in the 500 block of Parkbrook Street found Mifflin inside, suffering from self-inflicted cuts to his wrists about 6:45 p.m. Tuesday.

A woman's body was in another room, bearing "signs of traumatic injuries," sheriff's Lt. Glenn Giannantonio said. Her name was not made public and officials disclosed no suspected motive for the killing.

Mifflin faces 26 years to life in prison if convicted of murder, with a knife-use allegation. A readiness conference was scheduled for Aug. 22, with a preliminary hearing set for Aug. 28.

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