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College student named as suspect in slaying of woman in Costa Mesa

May 27, 2010 |  8:23 am

An Orange Coast College student is the primary suspect in the killing of a 23-year-old woman found shot in the head at his Costa Mesa apartment, police said.

Costa Mesa police said the woman was a friend of the suspect, Samuel Herr, and was visiting him at his apartment when he allegedly shot her in the head. Police are not identifying the woman because she also may be the victim of domestic violence or sexual assault.

Herr lives across the street from the campus in a fourth-floor, one-bedroom apartment in the Camden Martinique complex.

Officers were called to his apartment Saturday night about a possible dead body, and found the woman's body in Herr's bedroom. He was not at home when officers arrived, and police told the Daily Pilot they haven't been able to contact him.

Police said Herr, 26, drives a white, four-door 2002 Pontiac Grand Am with California license plate number 4VJE803.

Anyone with information about the incident or Herr's whereabouts is asked to call Sgt. Ed Everett at (714) 754-5395, or Det. Jose Morales at (714) 754-5637 or (714) 754-5280.

Read the full story here.

-- Joseph Serna, Daily Pilot