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Erin Corwin death: Christopher Lee pleads not guilty


A former High Desert Marine who is accused of killing his neighbor's wife, Erin Corwin, formerly of Oak Ridge, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

Christopher Lee, 24, made his first appearance in a California courtroom on Tuesday after being extradited from Alaska. He wore a gray prisoner's jumpsuit and had full beard and finely combed hair. The hearing lasted only a few minutes, and Lee barely spoke.

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Prosecutors seek death penalty in 79-year-old man's murder


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Prosecutors said they're seeking the death penalty against an Anderson County couple accused of killing a 79-year-old man and hiding his body.

Erin Corwin vigil to take place Monday in California


There will be a candlelight vigil for Erin Corwin from 6 to 8 p.m. (PDT) on Monday at Luckie Park, on the corner of Utah Trail and Joe Davis Road in Twentynine Palms, Corwin's husband told The Desert Sun Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted in memory of Erin, "for the San Bernardino Search and Rescue team who brought her home," a statement by the vigil organizers said.

Accused Erin Corwin killer researched how to dispose of a body


The former Marine accused of killing Erin Corwin admitted searching the Internet for advice on how to dispose of a body, and .22-caliber cartridge casings and pieces of rebar at the mine shaft where she was found matched those found in his Jeep, according to an arrest warrant filed in California Superior Court.

Christopher Brandon Lee also asked a witness about the best way to dispose of a body and told investigators he was collecting tires the morning Corwin disappeared. A tire also was found at the mine shaft.

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Suspected Corwin killer faces elevated murder charge


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A murder charge was filed Tuesday against Christopher Brandon Lee in the death of Marine wife Erin Corwin, according to the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office.

Police impersonator pulls knife on woman in Anderson Co.


The Anderson County Sheriff's Department said the suspect and vehicle descriptions from both incidents don't match, so they're "unsure" if only one person is responsible.

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Veterans are 1st grads of new program teaching technology


Two dozen veterans graduated today from a first-of-its-kind internship right here in East Tennessee.

The US Department of Energy sponsored the advanced manufacturing internship. Veterans spent time in class at Pellissippi State and in the lab at ORNL.

Leaders say it's a way for our veterans to transition from the service to civilian life and learn about a growing industry.