Days after his arrest, a Pasadena man has been charged in the killing of the mother of his two children, who was found dead inside her vehicle more than two months ago, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday.
Jose Roberto Turner was scheduled to be arraigned in the Pasadena branch of the L.A. County Superior Court on Thursday, according to a news release from the DA’s office.
Turner, 45, faced one count of murder in connection with the domestic-violence killing, prosecutors said. The victim, 31-year-old Lajoya McCoy, was described by the Sheriff’s Department’s as Turner’s ex-girlfriend.
On June 16, McCoy’s body was found inside her parked car in the 200 block of West Cypress Avenue in Monrovia, the release stated. Earlier, she had been reported missing by a family member after failing to show up for an appointment.
Citing the criminal complaint, prosecutors said that McCoy had been killed on June 10.
Investigators said at the time that they had discovered signs of foul play in her home, which was roughly a mile away from where her body was discovered.
During a vigil for the victim back in June, friends and relatives described McCoy as a hardworking single mother of two children and said she owned a clothing boutique.
Turner was arrested last Thursday following an investigation by the county Sheriff’s Department and booked at the Temple Sheriff’s Station. No additional details were released about the arrest.
Prosecutors were recommending that the defendant’s bail be set at $1 million.
If convicted on the charge, Turner could receive a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison, according to the DA’s office.