A 48-year-old man pleaded not guilty Friday to a charge of murder in the death of his wife of two months, who was found unresponsive in their Newhall home after a night out with friends.
Robert George Arvizu was charged with one count of murder, which was added to two felony counts of assault involving a second victim, according to a news release the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
The body of the 25-year-old victim, identified as Courtney A., was discovered before dawn on May 24, by Los Angeles County sheriff deputies conducting a welfare check at a home in the 22800 block of Ninth Street, the release stated.
The woman was unresponsive and “appeared to have injuries consistent with blunt force trauma,” the release said.
She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Hours earlier, Arvizu had allegedly assaulted a friend who gave the couple a ride home from a party, according to the release.
Arvizu was being held on $1 million bail and was scheduled to return to court on Nov. 18.
If convicted as charged, he faced a possible maximum sentence of 30 years to life in state prison.