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Hearing Set For Teen's Alleged Killer

William Gary Simpson, 19, is accused of breaking into the Milkwood Lane family home of Saskia Burke early the morning of Dec. 20, 2011 and stabbing her to death.

A preliminary hearing for the accused killer of an 18-year-old Murrieta woman was rescheduled to September.

William Gary Simpson, 19, is accused ofhome of Saskia Burke early the morning of Dec. 20, 2011.

He allegedly stabbed her to death.

The hearing was set for Sept. 14 at the Southwest Justice Center in French Valley.

Simpson is charged with murder with the special circumstances of lying in wait and committing murder during the commission of a burglary; he faces a possible death penalty.

The defendant is also charged with attempted murder in alleged attacks on Burke's boyfriend and father.

He also faces sentence-enhancing allegations of great bodily injury, committing a serious felony and using a deadly weapon.

Though Simpson was not immediately found following the accused attack, he was  at his mother's Victorville home after a four-day manhunt.

The Burke family had taken Simpson in after he left his parents' home, but the suspected killer was asked to leave the home a year before the the fatal attack.

A motive for the attacks has not been disclosed.

Simpson was being held at the county jail on no bail, sheriff's records indicate.

Dirk Diggler August 11, 2012 at 09:16 AM
It took just under 4 years for Melvin Luis Shaw to be convicted of murder. He killed Elisa Lopez then set her body on fire behind 24 hr fitness on Murietta Hot Springs. So for whatever reason, it takes a long time.
Dee August 11, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Hi, ms. Smith! Oh no, I am not one who says only God can judge at all! Believe me. We judge with righteous judgment for sure. What I was saying is there is such darkness in James heart that he is willing to skip procedures to kill another human. That is scary!
Fred Kempf August 11, 2012 at 04:23 PM
This piece of crap should never have been born!! We will be paying for centuries to come for the slave traders that brought them here in the first place! I'm assuming this idiot is guilty. if not, welllll, excuuuuuuse me!!
Southwestmom August 11, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Cat, I hope that by now you have studied your second ammendment rights and are prepared to use it. I know I would and I am. I'm sorry your family is going through so much right now in addition to grieving the loss of your daughter. The lack of justice within our justice system system seems to victimize the victim repeatedly.
Al Lee August 11, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Then Southwestern Mom what second amendment right are you talking about. The same right that the mass murders in Colorado, Wisconsin and Arizona had? You mean to have automatic and semi-automatic military weapons in your home. You gonna shoot first and ask questions later?? What are you expressing? Still havent put a name to your call name. Thats what you asked others to do isn't it? Seems your the one hiding behind a keyboard.

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