Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Court delayed for man suspected in fatal beating
Girlfriend, 19, found unconscious in condo of Iraq vet.
By SALVADOR HERNANDEZ
The Orange County Register
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An Iraq veteran accused of fatally beating his 19-year-old girlfriend inside a San Clemente condo was expected to appear in court today, but his arraignment hearing was rescheduled for a later date, officials said.
John Wylie Needham, an infantryman who earned a Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal and Combat Infantry Badge during his tour of Iraq, is being held in lieu of $1 million. The 25-year-old has been charged with one felony count of murder and faces a possible maximum sentence of 25 years to life if found guilty.