The Laguna Seashore man charged with the grisly homicide of beloved restaurant supervisor Tatum Goodwin has pleaded not responsible throughout his first courtroom look.
Dino Rojas-Moreno, 26, appeared earlier than Choose Andre Manssourian in California’s Orange County Superior Court docket for arraignment on Monday and entered a not-guilty plea by an lawyer, reported KABC.
He was charged with the brutal assault on Goodwin, whose physique was discovered bludgeoned to dying by a hearth extinguisher on November 12.
In response to courtroom filings, Rojas-Moreno is accused of utilizing a hearth extinguisher to kill the 27-year-old, which he allegedly dedicated ‘within the fee and tried fee of the crime of kidnapping.’
Goodwin, from San Clemente, was discovered by building employees battered to dying outdoors the beachside bar the place she had been ingesting with pals.
Accused killer Dino Rojas-Moreno, 26, appeared in courtroom on Monday
Beloved restaurant supervisor Tatum Goodwin was discovered lifeless on November 12
The Laguna Seashore bartender is accused of utilizing a hearth extinguisher to bludgeon the 27-year-old to dying
Prosecutors mentioned her physique was discovered ‘below a series hyperlink fence on a building website and a sandbag had been positioned on her head,’ in accordance with KTLA.
The younger girl had not too long ago damaged up with a boyfriend and seemed to be ‘upset’ when she left the bar within the early hours, in accordance with native web site underlaguna.com.
She had gone to Hennessey’s Tavern on Ocean Avenue after leaving work and can also be thought to have stopped for a drink on the Marine Bar on the other aspect of the road in some unspecified time in the future within the night.
In a submitting launched Friday, it was alleged Rojas-Moreno approached Goodwin in a car parking zone at round 1am, and assaulted her close to her automotive.
The bartender then ‘forcefully dragged her to the rear of the car parking zone, down a brief alley, and to a secluded space behind a film theatre that was below building,’ prosecutors mentioned.
Investigators allege it was within the alley that he picked up a hearth extinguisher and beat the 27-year-old to dying.
Rojas-Moreno then failed to indicate up for work the following day, and prosecutors say he claimed he had ben ‘jumped’ by two males in Santa Ana.
Rojas-Moreno labored on the identical Laguna Seashore strip as Goodwin’s restaurant on the Royal Hawaiian Fireplace Grill, in accordance with the Orange County Register.
Regardless of working simply minutes from one another, investigators have but to determine if the 2 had met.
Rojas-Moreno is native to the realm and have become a bartender, working at stylish eating places together with Blossoms & Brass in Costa Mesa, after graduating highschool.
The accused killer stays in custody with out bail. A pretrial listening to is scheduled for January 30.
Goodwin was murdered yards from the Laguna Seashore bar the place she had ben having fun with an evening out with pals
She was found by a building employee close to Carmelita’s restaurant the place she labored
Tributes have been pouring in for the Carmelita’s restaurant worker and a candlelight vigil was held in her honor.
‘Her gentle shined so vibrant that it impacted so many various folks,’ Goodwin’s sister, Kaylee, mentioned.
Madison Moyer, Goodwin finest buddy, described the slain 27-year-old as her ‘soulmate, finest buddy, different half’ and ‘the one that introduced me peace once I could not discover it myself.’
Marcos Salim Heredia, the proprietor of Carmelita’s Eating places, left a message on a GoFundMe marketing campaign organized by Goodwin’s sister.
‘I’ve had the nice pleasure to have Tatum as our assistant supervisor, buddy, and member of the family in our enterprise for 4 years,’ he wrote.
He recalled Goodwin as somebody who ‘all the time saved a smile on her face.’
The marketing campaign seeks funding for her memorial companies and the creation of a memorial in Laguna Seashore.
It has raised over $37,000, exceeding its $20,000 purpose.
‘We’re nonetheless in disbelief and we do not need her to go unforgotten,’ Heredia wrote.