VISTA: Marine corporal to stand trial on murder charges

(CNS) – A Camp Pendleton Marine corporal accused of killing a Navy
veteran whose body was found inside his own SUV must stand trial on murder
charges that could lead to the death penalty, a judge ruled this week.

Kevin Albert Richard Coset, 23, is accused in the death of 24-year-old
Alvin Bulaoro, a Fallbrook man who served as a second lieutenant in the U.S.
Army Reserve and worked as an administrator in a family-owned home healthcare
business.

Judge Richard Mills, who presided over a preliminary hearing at the
Vista Courthouse, ruled that enough evidence was presented for Coset to proceed
to trial on the murder charge, along with knife and gun allegations and a
special circumstance allegation of lying in wait.

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis will decide later whether the defendant
will face the death penalty or life in prison without parole if convicted.

The victim's body, showing signs of trauma, was found on the evening of
Jan. 3 zipped inside a sleeping bag in the back seat of his own Toyota 4Runner
in a parking lot in the 1100 block of South Mission Road. He had been stabbed
and shot.

Members of Bulaoro's family found the SUV after previously reporting him
missing. They had last seen him on Dec. 21, said San Diego County sheriff's
Capt. Duncan Fraser.

Coset was taken into custody Feb. 22 at Camp Pendleton after homicide
detectives obtained a warrant for his arrest, Fraser said. A motive for the
murder has not been disclosed.

The defendant will be back in court April 9 for arraignment.

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