A 22-year-old man was in custody Tuesday on suspicion killing his girlfriend and burying her in the backyard of a Compton home, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Authorities initially responded to a call about a domestic dispute just before 9 p.m. Monday at a home in the 400 block of South Pannes Avenue in a residential area of Compton (map).
At the home, deputies “learned that a woman’s body was possibly buried in the backyard,” stated a news release from Lt. John Corina of the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau.
In the backyard, deputies found a “mound of freshly dug dirt” and, with the help of the Compton Fire Department, unearthed the body of a young woman.
Devion Anderson, 22, surrendered himself at Compton Sheriff’s Station early Tuesday morning. He admitted that he killed the young woman, who he said was his girlfriend, and buried her in the shallow grave, according to Corina.
Anderson was booked on suspicion of murder and was being held on $1 million bail.
Corina was not available to provide more information about the case or the victim on Tuesday, and the Sheriff’s Department’s spokeswoman had no additional details.
The victim’s identity was not being released as the county coroner’s office was still working to notify next of kin as of Tuesday afternoon, according to coroner’s Investigator Jerry McKibben.
No booking photo of Anderson was available.