Monday, September 17, 2012

El Cajon, CA: Former H.S. Track Star Accused of Killing Girlfriend Due in Court

EL CAJON (CNS) - A preliminary hearing is scheduled Monday for a former high school track and field star accused of fatally injuring his girlfriend in an assault at a Spring Valley home.

Roshawn Lamar Broadnax, 20, is charged with murder in the July death of 19-year-old Deazjnae Banks and is being held in lieu of $3 million bail. He faces 30 years to life in prison if convicted of murder.

A judge will decide at the end of the preliminary hearing whether there's enough evidence to order Broadnax to stand trial for Banks' slaying.

Deputies found the defendant tending to a gravely injured Banks in the 9500 block of Piedmont Street on July 10, San Diego County sheriff's homicide Lt. Larry Nesbit said.

Broadnax was immediately arrested on suspicion of attempted murder as paramedics took Banks to Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, where she was admitted in critical condition. Physicians removed her from life-support equipment two days later, according to Nesbit. Broadnax, who has a prior conviction for burglary, then was charged with murder.

Sheriff's officials have withheld the cause of Banks' death and details on what might have led to her death. She and Broadnax had been dating for about a year-and-a-half, according to Deputy District Attorney Danielle Hickman.

Broadnax ran track for Helix Charter High School in 2008, earning JV honor roll status for his performances in the 400 meters and triple jump as a sophomore.

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