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San Diego

A Clairemont man was sentenced Tuesday to 26 years to life in state prison for fatally stabbing his ex-roommate.

Kevin McEachern, 27, was convicted of first-degree murder Feb. 25 in the June 26 death of Debra Huerta, 23, whose body was found July 6, wrapped in a plastic garment bag, near San Clemente Canyon.

A co-defendant, Tony Castleman, 23, also of Clairemont, will be sentenced May 9. Another jury found him guilty of second-degree murder in March.

Both trials were held before San Diego Superior Court Judge Kenneth Johns, who sentenced McEachern.

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The victim was initially buried in San Clemente Canyon, but the body was dug up two days later and left at the side of a highway after the defendants’ truck broke down.

Both defendants worked as tree trimmers in Clairemont.


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