Newhall Man Charged With Murder in Death of Childhood Friend: DA

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A 21-year-old Newhall man was charged with murder Monday in the shooting death last week of a childhood friend, according to prosecutors.

David Aldana faced one count of willful, deliberate, and premeditated murder in the death of 22-year-old Maximiliano Bernal, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Bernal was shot to death sometime on or between Feb. 23 and 24, the release stated.

Aldana turned himself in at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office in San Ysidro on Feb. 24 and allegedly confessed to the killing, prosecutors said.

At that time, Aldana agreed to show the investigators where he had left his friend’s body, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Aldana then directed the detectives to the location where they found Bernal’s remains, the release stated. Bernal had sustained a gunshot wound to the upper torso, investigators said.

Aldana was being held on more than $2 million.

If convicted as charged, Aldana faced 50 years to life in state prison.