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Man Arrested For Death of Woman In Santa Barbara County

Posted on Friday, June 1, 2012 12:07am

A man is behind bars this morning, for what Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives say appears to be a murder in a home outside of Lompoc.

Deputies were called to the 1700 block of Calle Lindero in Mission Hills just before 10 Wednesday night, by a report of someone calling 911, and then hanging up. The arrived to find the body of a woman in a bedroom. She is being identified as 64 year old Asta Maria Elliott. An autopsy is pending, but it appeared she had been fatally stabbed.

Based on information developed by investigators, they started looking for a man who lived in the home. Thursday morning, the arrested Phillip Joseph Johnson, who was spotted on a Lompoc street. The 23 year old man was taken into custody on a homicide charge.

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