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November 27, 2008

Man Pleaded Not Guilty to Murder, Elder Abuse (CA. USA)

By Matthew Rodriguez
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
November 26, 2008

NORTH COUNTY COURTS – A 29-year-old man was arraigned yesterday on murder and other charges in connection with an assault on a Carlsbad hotel clerk during a robbery Nov. 16.
The woman, who initially refused treatment, was found dead of heart failure the next day on her houseboat.

Brian Lefler, 29, pleaded not guilty in Vista Superior Court yesterday to murder, robbery, elder abuse, kidnapping for a robbery, and false imprisonment of an elder by violence. He faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted, prosecutor Summer Stephan said.
Carlsbad police said that about 4 a.m., Lefler went into the Tamarack Beach Resort, where Barbara Novelich, 67, was working as a clerk.

“He proceeded to punch her in the face so hard that he caused three fractures,” Stephan said. Lefler pulled Novelich under a desk, stole $300, demanded the keys to her car and drove away, Stephan said.

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SOURCE: San Diego Union Tribune



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