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Remorseful phone call leads detectives to murder-suicide near Covina [Updated]

November 30, 2010 |  8:11 am

A man's remorseful phone call led homicide detectives to the scene of an apparent murder-suicide in a home near Covina, police said Tuesday.

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies responded at 5:19 p.m. Monday to a 911 call from a man who said he had received a disturbing phone call from an acquaintance who lived on the 5000 block of Jenifer Avenue in Charter Oak, an unicorporated area near Covina.

"The male said he was sorry about what he had done and asked him to call police," said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Jeff Cannon.

When deputies went to the caller's home, no one answered and the front door was unlocked. They entered to find a Latino man and woman dead inside.

The man had a single gunshot wound to the head, but the woman had no visible signs of trauma, Cannon said.

Authorities have not released the victims' identities until they notify their families.

The woman's cause of death will have to be determined by an autopsy.

[Updated at 8: 15 a.m.: The murder-suicide marks only the second homicide since January 2007 in the small unincorporated community of about 9,000 residents. The other was the May 2008 stabbing death of a 20-year old man who was killed during a fight in a parking lot.

Few serious violent crimes are reported in Charter Oak, according to data collected for The Times' interactive Crime L.A. database. In the most recent six months for which complete information is available, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials report 13 violent crimes, which include eight aggravated assaults and five robberies.]

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-- Tony Barboza

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