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Orange County man charged with killing uncle, setting him on fire

August 8, 2011 |  2:32 pm

A La Palma man was charged with murder Monday for allegedly killing his uncle, dumping the body in a remote area of Santa Barbara County and setting it on fire, officials said.

Kirk Michael Galvin, 23, was charged with one count of murder for the July 27 death of Douglas Galvin, 53.

Prosecutors say Kirk Galvin killed his uncle at his father's apartment while his father was out of town. He then took the body to an unpopulated area and set it on fire in an effort to destroy it, the Orange County district attorney's office said.

Three days later, two people walking in the area found Douglas Galvin's body and called police. Santa Barbara County sheriff's deputies and La Palma police officers conducted an investigation and arrested Kirk Galvin on Aug. 5.

Kirk Galvin is currently being held on $1 million bail and was set to be arraigned Monday. If convicted, he faces 25 years to life in state prison.

The investigation is still ongoing, district attorney's officials said, and anyone with information about the incident is asked to call investigator Randy Litwin at (714) 347-8492 or La Palma police Det. Jesse Amend at (714) 690-3376.

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