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Trial continued in 2011 Saugus murder

Posted: July 18, 2013 7:19 p.m.
Updated: July 18, 2013 7:19 p.m.

SAN FERNANDO — The trial of a Saugus man accused of strangling his girlfriend in 2011 was delayed Thursday when lawyers asked for more time to collect evidence.

Eric Allen Earle, 41, wearing a blue Los Angeles County jail coveralls, was led into San Fernando Superior Court Thursday accused of killing Karla Brada in September 2011.

Brada’s parents looked on as prosecution lawyers asked Superior Court Judge David B. Gelfound for a time extension.

Prosecutors said they needed time to gather an “extensive amount” of discovery material, including medical and criminal records as well as DNA evidence.

A Superior Court judge ruled on May 23 there was sufficient evidence for Earle to be tried for murder in the death of his girlfriend, Karla Brada.

The 31-year-old woman died of asphyxiation in her Saugus home between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. Sept. 1, 2011, according to Dr. Pedro Ortiz, deputy medical examiner with the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office.

She had also suffered several scrapes and bruises before she died, he said at Earle’s preliminary hearing.

Earle remains in custody at Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles with bail set at $1 million.
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