San Diego man due in court over murder of woman found in suitcase

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SAN DIEGO, April 12 (Reuters) - A California man accused of killing his 21-year-old restaurant co-worker and leaving her body in a suitcase on a San Diego street was expected to make an initial court appearance on murder charges on Tuesday.

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Joshua Matthew Palmer, 33, was arrested on Friday, two days after the body of Shauna Haynes was found in a large black suitcase, said Lieutenant Ray Valentin of the San Diego Police Department.

Palmer, who was being held without bail, was to be arraigned on a single count of murder later on Tuesday afternoon.

Valentin said Palmer and Haynes, were both employed at the Old Spaghetti Factory restaurant in San Diego and may have been friends outside of work.

He declined to elaborate on what investigators believe to be the motive for the killing, but said Palmer was considered the lone suspect.

An autopsy determined that Haynes' death was a homicide. Authorities have not released the manner of her death.

Haynes' body was discovered on April 6 by a hotel worker in the wheeled valise sitting near trash bins put out for collection. Police said at the time that there was no obvious cause of death. (Reporting by Marty Graham in San Diego and Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles; Editing by Alan Crosby)

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