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Oceanside police said 24-year-old Arturo Salazar killed the mother of his two children and stuffed her body under the bed they shared, last week.

On Thursday, June 13 2013, officers contacted Salazar in his rented home on Leeward Court, after family members of Edith Andrea Garcia, 21, became concerned when they could not reach her.

“Immediately upon arriving at the residence, (police) smelled a strange odor,” a prosecutor said today. “They ultimately found the victim’s body.”

Salazar reportedly told Garcia’s family and then police that his girlfriend left “on foot” after they had an argument. Police said they searched the home and “Garcia’s body was located under a bed in the garage, in a makeshift bedroom. She appeared to be the victim of a knife injury.”

“Her throat was slit,” said Deputy District Attorney Ryan Saunders. The prosecutor said the attack occurred about 1 a.m. last Wednesday.

“Her throat had been slit with a sharp object,” the prosecutor told a judge today, while requesting high bail. “(Salazar) then took her body and shoved it under a bed, to hide it.”

“The two children were present when this occurred, we believe,” the prosecutor stated in court today.

Oceanside police claimed that Salazar “ultimately confessed to murdering Garcia” but the prosecutor would not confirm that today, June 17, 2013.

Arturo Salazar pleaded not guilty through a public defender, before the Honorable Marshall Hockett. The judge spoke directly to the defendant when he said, “I find you are an extreme danger to the community and I am setting bail at five million dollars.”

San Diego County’s Sheriff, who controls inmates, has an “immigration hold” on this case.

Defendant Arturo, 24, who had benefit of a Spanish speaking interpreter, is next due in San Diego’s North County Superior courthouse on June 25, 2013.

Oceanside police said the couple’s two children are now with their grandparents.

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Eva Knott June 30, 2014 @ 10:35 a.m.

Jury selection begins today, in the murder trial of Arturo Salazar, now 25 years old. Honorable Judge Robert Kearney presides in San Diego's North County Superior Courthouse.

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Eva Knott July 2, 2014 @ 4 p.m.

A jury of 3 women and 9 men began hearing evidence yesterday, July 1, 2014, in the murder trial of Arturo Salazar. The defendant pleads not guilty, and has benefit of court-provided Spanish language interpreter. Attorneys' statements suggest that Salazar is expected to take the witness box in his own defense next week, perhaps on Tuesday. The attached photo shows Salazar listening to testimony against him, while an evidence photo of the knife recovered from his bedroom is displayed for the jury, above his head.

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Eva Knott July 15, 2014 @ 9:24 a.m.

The jury got the case to deliberate on July 10, and came back with unanimous verdict mid-day yesterday, July 14. Arturo Salazar was declared guilty of murder in the first-degree, with use of knife. The defendant took the witness box for more than three hours, he told the jury how much he loved the victim, Edith Andrea Garcia. He also said that she had provoked him the night he slit her throat twice, when she said that he was not man enough to do it, after he grabbed the knife. Sentencing is set for August 26 before Honorable Robert Kearney, the same judge who heard the trial.

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