NORTH HILLS : Man Who Confessed Killing to Stand Trial

A North Hills man who was arrested after confessing to a 1992 homicide was ordered Thursday to stand trial for the slaying, even though prosecutors may not use his statements against him.

Kurt Allensworth, 29, will be arraigned in Superior Court on May 20 on charges of murdering reputed drug dealer Rick Comi on Sept. 27.

Comi, 33, was killed during a dispute over the value of a gold chain that Allensworth wanted to use to pay for $20 worth of rock cocaine, authorities said.

Comi reached into Allensworth's vehicle to retrieve his drugs, but Allensworth sped off. Comi fell from the car and struck his head.

Allensworth was arrested a month later, after he was stopped for an unrelated traffic offense.

Police said he admitted to being involved in the homicide, but any statements he made at the time are not admissible in court because he was not informed of his Miranda rights, Deputy Dist. Atty. Elliott Fisher said.

During a preliminary hearing Thursday, prosecutors called Allensworth's girlfriend, Diane Coleman, to the witness stand. Fisher said she was an eyewitness to the homicide.

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