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Trial begins for torture, murder of El Cajon woman

A judge ordered a man to stand trial on Feb. 15 for murder with the special circumstance of torture in the slaying of Diane Spagnuolo, an El Cajon woman who was killed where she worked.

At a solemn preliminary hearing, a deputy medical examiner testified that Spagnuolo, 65, was cut or stabbed 65 times while she worked at the X-Spot bookstore at 3606 Midway Drive on Oct. 29, 2018.

Shaun Douglas Ward, 39, was ordered to stand trial for murder as well as two special circumstances of murder during a robbery and during torture.

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Source: East County Californian

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