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    Jose Trinidad Romero, 32 accused of arson and murdering Procopio Blanco Cervantes

    ESCONDIDO, Calif. ? Police arrested an Escondido resident on suspicion of murder and arson Wednesday, three days after a man died following a house fire.

    The fire broke out around 11 a.m. Sunday at a house in the 600 block of Waverly Place, Escondido police said. When firefighters entered the home, they found an unresponsive man inside. The man was taken to Palomar Medical Center, where he died.

    ?The victim, who?s identity is still being withheld, sustained injuries consistent with being assaulted prior to the fire in the home being set,? Escondido police said. ?Evidence obtained from the scene indicates that the fire was deliberately set.?

    Police: Man dies after fire in Escondido
    Officers stopped Jose Trinidad Romero, 32, in his truck in Escondido and arrested him. He was booked into the Vista Detention Facility on suspicion of murder and arson.

    Romero and the victim knew each other, police said, but investigators were still working to learn more about their relationship and whether any events or motives led up to the incident.

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    Who did he murder? I think this might be an "additional info needed".
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    A man who allegedly stabbed another man multiple times inside an Escondido home, then set the residence ablaze with the victim still inside, pleaded not guilty Friday to murder and arson charges.

    Jose Trinidad Romero, 32, is accused in the Oct. 4 death of Procopio Blanco Cervantes, who was found by firefighters inside a burning home in the 600 block of Waverly Place.

    During Romero’s Friday morning arraignment, Deputy District Attorney Jack Wang said Romero and the victim had a “landlord-tenant relationship.” The prosecutor said the killing occurred because of an unspecified dispute over property that was left behind at the residence.

    Surveillance footage allegedly captured Romero and Cervantes entering the home together.

    Wang said the victim’s cousin called him at some point after that, and Cervantes sounded “odd” during the phone conversation. About ten minutes after the phone call, Wang said surveillance footage shows Romero leaving the home, which became engulfed in flames moments later.

    As firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze, Cervantes was found lying in the home’s kitchen with five or six “significant” stab wounds and “dozens more superficial wounds,” according to the prosecutor. Medics took him to Palomar Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, according to Escondido Police.

    Wang said Romero then failed to show up for work over the next two days, but did arrive on Oct. 7, and was taken into custody by police.

    In arguing that Romero should be held without bail, Wang said Romero had arranged for one of his friends to take him to Mexico.

    San Diego County Superior Court Judge Harry Elias ordered Romero held without bail, per the prosecution’s request. He’s due back in court Nov. 20 for a readiness conference.
    Update the victim has been identified as Procopio Blanco Cervantes

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