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Police: Man murders ex-girlfriend in Simi Valley, dies of heart attack while fleeing in his truck


Police say Paul Porter, left, murdered Janice Somple in her Simi Valley home before dying of a heart attack on Thursday, May 31, 2012.

Police say a 66-year-old Arizona man murdered his long-ago girlfriend, a retired schoolteacher living in Simi Valley, then died of a heart attack while fleeing the scene of the crime.

The poetic justice occurred immediately following the May 31 killing of Janice Somple, a 65-year-old divorcee found beaten and stabbed to death in her home on the 1500 block of Carmen Drive in Simi Valley, NBC reports. Somple had apparently been murdered by Paul Porter -- a Scottsdale man she had dated 15 years previous -- who then got in his truck and drove a mile and a half before having a heart attack and crashing.

The Simi Valley Police Department announced the bizarre series of events during a news conference today. They said Porter’s crashed truck was found near Madera Road and Country Club Drive in the early afternoon last Thursday. Porter, a former Ventura County resident, died soon after in a nearby hospital.


Veteran LAPD officer finds his mother shot dead in her South Los Angeles home


The South L.A. home where 79-year-old Cleo Hughes, the mother of an LAPD officer, was found shot to death on Sunday, June 3, 2012.

An LAPD officer checking in on his mother found her shot to death in her South L.A. home on Sunday, and police currently have no suspect or motive in the murder.

Cleo Hughes, 79, was killed in her home on the 1600 block of West 66th Street, the L.A. Times reports. Her son, identified by CBS as Chris Hughes, dropped her off there at about 7 p.m. Saturday and went to check on her Sunday after she didn’t return his phone calls.

He discovered her body at around noon, an LAPD spokesman told the Associated Press. NBC reports that she had been shot in the chest.

A family friend said the officer and his mother were very close.

“He checks up on his mother every day,” Allyson Smith said. “She was beautiful, I mean a lovely mother.” Smith added that the officer is her only son.

ABC reports that Chris Hughes is a department veteran who trains recruits at the police academy. The grieving son stayed at the crime scene while his colleagues conducted their investigation.