Wednesday, July 16, 2008

U. of Calif. Riverside Professor Dead; Arrest Made

Police are investigating the death of a popular University of California Riverside professor after his badly decomposed body was discovered last weekend in a Long Beach condo.

According to authorities, the body of Lindon Barrett, 46, was discovered on Sunday morning in the 100 block of W. Fifth Street.

An autopsy was conducted Wednesday, however the cause of death was "deferred" pending toxicological tests on the victim, according to the coroner's office.

Barrett's car was reported missing and police located the vehicle on another street. After setting up a surveillance on the car, police arrested a 20-year-old man who reportedly returned to the vehicle.

That man, Marlon Martinez, was arrested and has since been charged with murder in Barrett's death. Police said the two were acquaintances, but would not speculate how the two knew each other.

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