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Man Slept With Girlfriend’s Corpse ‘Because He Loved Her;’ Guy Beaten With Guitar at Concord BART Station

Also, huge crowds for Mavericks surf contest; yet another Spare the Air day and North Bay teen gets life in prison for attempted murder.

The trial continues for the man accused of killing his girlfriend, and then sleeping next to her dead body for weeks. (Photo:Santa Cruz Patch)
The trial continues for the man accused of killing his girlfriend, and then sleeping next to her dead body for weeks. (Photo:Santa Cruz Patch)
By Genevieve Bookwalter/Patch

Welcome to your weekend Northern California Patch roundup!

Today’s big news was dominated by the ongoing trial of a Santa Cruz man accused of killing his girlfriend and then sleeping with her corpse for two weeks. From the story on Santa Cruz Patch:

“John Clauer, 63, loved the 30-year-old woman he kept dead in his bed for two and a half weeks because he couldn't face the fact that she was dead, defense attorney Zach Schwarzbach told a Santa Cruz jury in his closing statement Friday.

“Schwarzbach read a letter Clauer wrote Stearns, his companion of several years, telling her he loved her and wanted her to come home and stay sober.

'How does any of us respond to the death of a loved one?' Schwarzbach asked the eight-woman, four-man jury. 'There's no script. There may have been better choices, but it's hard to say what's right and what's wrong in dealing with a loss.'"

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