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Man charged with killing girlfriend, torching her Pasadena home

January 3, 2012 |  6:13 pm

Homicides reported in Pasadena
A Los Angeles man has been charged with murder after allegedly beating his girlfriend to death and setting her home on fire to hide evidence, police said Tuesday afternoon.

The body of Maria Donnelly, who was 27, was found Sept. 30 after firefighters knocked down a blaze in her Pasadena apartment, police said.

Detectives determined that Donnelly had been fatally beaten and that her apartment at 59 South Meredith Avenue had been torched in an effort to hide evidence, the Pasadena Police Department said.

Corey Lavelle Green, 28, was charged by the district attorney's office with murder, arson and residential burglary in connection with the death, police said in a statement.

Green was being held in lieu of $1.3-million bail, police said. He is scheduled for an appearance in Superior Court on Feb. 16. to determine a preliminary hearing date.

At least 26 homicides have been reported in Pasadena since 2007, according to the Times Homicide Report database.

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Map shows locations of homicides reported in Pasadena since 2007. Credit: Times Homicide Report

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