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Posted: 6:59 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, 2012
KTVU.com and Wires
ORINDA, Calif. —
Orinda man James Collin, 62, is in custody on suspicion of murdering his longtime girlfriend, a 51-year-old Orinda woman, a Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office spokesman said Wednesday afternoon.
Collin told police that he killed his girlfriend when they arrived at his home in the 600 block of Moraga Way at around 12:18 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.
After entering the house, officers found the woman lying facedown in a pool of blood in the kitchen, according to police.
Her name was being withheld while authorities attempted to locate her next of kin, sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee said.
Collin was arrested, interviewed and taken to county jail in Martinez, where he was being held on $1 million bail.
The district attorney's office was expected to review the case Wednesday afternoon, Lee said.
An autopsy conducted on the victim's body that morning showed that she died from blunt force and a sharp force injury to the head, Lee said.
According to Orinda police Chief Jeff Jennings, Collin told officers that he and the victim had lived together for about 10 years.
Police said the homicide was the first the small town has seen since 2002.
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