Man Who Allegedly Killed, Buried Girlfriend in Backyard Is Due in Court

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A Compton man accused of killing his 18-year-old girlfriend and burying her in his backyard was scheduled for arraignment on Friday afternoon.

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Devion Keith Anderson is shown in a booking photo released Dec. 27, 2013, by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Devion Keith Anderson, 22, was charged with murder in the death of his live-in girlfriend, whose body was found in the 400 block of South Pannes Avenue in a residential area of Compton (map) on Dec. 23.

Deputies received a call that night from a family member who said Anderson might have killed his girlfriend and buried her behind the home, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.

On scene, deputies found freshly dug dirt in the backyard and discovered the unidentified woman’s body in a shallow grave.

Early Tuesday, Anderson surrendered at Compton Sheriff’s Station, admitting he killed and buried his girlfriend, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Anderson was set to appear in Compton Superior Court, and prosecutors planned to ask that his bail be set at $1 million. He faces 25 year to life in state prison.

Next of kin had not been notified by Friday and the girlfriend’s identity could not be released, a spokesman for the Department of Coroner said.