UPDATE: Long Beach Man Pleads Not Guilty in Stabbing Death of Victim Found in RV

UPDATE | Justin Michael St. George, 33, of Long Beach pleaded not guilty today after being charged with stabbing a man to death in December, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today. The victim’s body was found in an RV in Long Beach.

St. George was charged with one count of murder, including a special allegation that he personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon—a knife—while committing the crime. If convicted, St. George faces 28 years to life in prison.

Officials said the victim, Gary Rice, was found dead in a motorhome with stab wounds in his upper body on December 6, 2015. Police had responded to a parking lot on the 1700 block of Ximeno Avenue at about 10:40AM where they found the man who they believe had only resided in the city a short time, a release stated.

St. George was identified as the suspect by Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) detectives investigating the incident. They arrested him in Cypress on February 10.

The charging document alleged St. George was convicted of grand theft in 2006, in addition to receiving stolen property in 2013, according to the DA office.

St. George is scheduled to attend a pre-hearing conference on April 14 at the Long Beach branch of the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

The investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the murder is urged to call Homicide Detectives Todd Johnson, Mark Bigel Guarino, and Shea Robertson at 562.570.7244. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1.800.222.TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.LACrimeStoppers.org.

PREVIOUSLY: Long Beach Man Linked to RV Death Charged with Murder

02/16/16 at 5:18PM | A Long Beach man was charged Tuesday with murder in connection with the stabbing death of a 62-year-old in December, authorities said.

Justin Michael St. George, 33, was identified as the suspect by Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) detectives investigating the incident. They arrested him in Cypress on February 10.

Officials said the victim, Gary Rice, was found dead in a motorhome with stab wounds in his upper body on December 6, 2015. Police had responded to a parking lot on the 1700 block of Ximeno Avenue at about 10:40AM where they found the man who they believe had only resided in the city a short time, a release stated.

The suspect is being held in Long Beach City Jail on a $1.04 million bail.


 

The investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the murder is urged to call Homicide Detectives Todd Johnson, Mark Bigel Guarino, and Shea Robertson at 562.570.7244. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1.800.222.TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.LACrimeStoppers.org.

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Stephanie Rivera is the immigration and diversity reporter for the Long Beach Post. Growing up as one of six kids in the working-class immigrant suburb of South Gate, she was taught the importance of civic engagement and to show compassion for others. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015. An avid Harry Potter fan, Stephanie now lives in Bixby Knolls with her boyfriend and their bearded dragon, Austin.
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