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Lemon Grove

A security guard accused in the stabbing death of an 18-year-old Lemon Grove man has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge and was ordered to face trial Jan. 16.

Leonard Johnson, 30, who is being held in lieu of $350,000 bail, is accused of killing Tyrone James Mullen.

According to testimony at Johnson’s preliminary hearing, Mullen was visiting a man who lived above Johnson’s room in a Lemon Grove boarding house on Oct. 24.

Mullen and his companion left the room and walked downstairs, where Johnson attacked Mullen for no apparent reason, said Kevin Gauthier, the man who was renting the upstairs room.

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After the attack, Mullen stumbled next door to the Lemon Grove sheriff’s station. When deputies found Mullen, Gauthier identified Johnson as the attacker, and he was taken into custody.


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