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Man accused of murdering homeless woman

A man who was accused of killing a homeless California woman pleaded not guilty to murder charges on March 20. The 27-year-old man, who was identified as a Las Vegas gang member, could face up to 69 years in jail if he is convicted of the charges.

On Jan. 12, a resident found the body of a 23-year-old homeless woman in the 27600 block of Champagne Boulevard in Escondido. Case detectives believed that the woman, who was found on an embankment, had been killed elsewhere before being dumped there.

A deputy district attorney stated that the accused man was high on methamphetamine at the time the killing occurred. Additionally, it was believed that the man was suffering delusions that he was being kidnapped as he was schizophrenic and was bipolar. In addition to facing a murder charge, he was also charged with assault with a deadly weapon. He was scheduled to return to court on March 27 for a readiness conference. His preliminary hearing was scheduled for April 3.

Murder is a serious crime that has severe legal consequences. If a person is facing murder charges or similar offenses, a criminal law attorney may prepare a defense against the charges. Depending on the circumstances, the attorney may utilize expert witness testimony from a number of different professionals in forensic accounting, pathology and DNA analysis. If the evidence against the defendant is strong, the attorney may use the insanity defense to argue that the defendant was not responsible for his actions due to a mental illness, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.

Source: Escondido Patch, "Gang Member Accused Of Killing Homeless Woman, Dumping Her Near Lawrence Welk Resort Village Pleaded Not Guilty", March 20, 2017

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