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Camp Pendleton Marine corporal accused of killing Navy veteran must stand trial on murder charges


Monday, March 25th, 2013
Issue 13, Volume 17.


VISTA - 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 today.

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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accused in the slaying of Navy veteran found in SUV in Fallbrook parking lot scheduled to appear in court today

VISTA - A Camp Pendleton Marine corporal accused in the slaying of a Navy veteran whose body was found inside his own SUV in Fallbrook was scheduled to be in court today for a preliminary hearing.

Kevin Albert Richard Coset, 23, was taken into custody Feb. 22 at Camp Pendleton after homicide detectives obtained a warrant for his arrest, said San Diego County sheriff's Capt. Duncan Fraser.

He later pleaded not guilty to murder and allegations that he used a knife and a firearm in the killing of 24-year-old Alvin Bulaoro. Prosecutors also charged Coset with a special circumstance allegation of lying in wait.

If convicted, Coset could face the death penalty or life in prison.

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

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, Fraser said.

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

No theory on motive has been advanced by prosecutors.

Bulaoro was a U.S. Navy veteran who later served as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve. The victim worked as an administrator in a family- owned home healthcare business.


 

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Comment #1 | Monday, Mar 25, 2013 at 10:46 am
From the San Diego Reader (March 12, 2013 issue):

"The family of Alvin Bulaoro said he left home about 9 p.m. December 21, 2012. Alvin’s brother reported him missing December 23; he told investigators that Alvin was homosexual and “under financial stress.”

On January 3, the family reported they saw Alvin’s car parked in a local shopping center in Fallbrook; deputies who responded found the missing man’s body in the back of his car.

Sheriff’s investigator David Hillen described a series of events when he requested an arrest warrant for Kevin Coset:

December 19, at 6:34 p.m., surveillance video showed a man purchasing a cell phone at an Oceanside Radio Shack. This phone used cell towers around Camp Pendleton, some minutes later.

December 20, after 7 p.m., that cell phone exchanged more than twenty text messages with Alvin Bulaoro’s cell phone.

December 21, at 8:26 p.m., surveillance video showed a dark sedan parked at a Fallbrook grocery store. The last text messages to Alvin’s phone were at 8:29, the same night. At 8:41 p.m. Alvin’s car came into the same parking lot and parked near the dark sedan. A person got out of the sedan and into Alvin’s car, which left at 8:42. Alvin’s car returned at 11:30 p.m., a person got out and then into the dark sedan, then left. Alvin’s car did not move from this spot until his body was found in the back, on January 3, 2013.

December 21, a credit card was used to pay for hotel room number 129 at the Fallbrook Country Inn. The hotel charged the cardholder, Kevin Coset, extra fees because they noticed a comforter missing from the bed, and bloodstains in the room. Investigators later DNA matched that blood to Alvin Bulaoro.

Alvin Bulaoro died of multiple stab wounds to his upper torso and head, and two gunshots to the head, according to detective Hillen. Kevin Coset is the registered owner of two handguns, one .22 and one .38 caliber, the detective stated.

Kevin Albert Richard Coset, 23, is said to be a Corporal with the first Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion on Camp Pendleton. Coset pleads not guilty to first degree murder through his attorney Pal Lengyel-Leahu.

Victim Alvin Bulaoro, 24, was described as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve, stationed out of Los Alamitos."


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