A Cal State Northridge employee who jumped from a third-story apartment balcony Monday as Los Angeles SWAT officers closed in was arrested on suspicion of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend.
Marlon Smiley, 30, was in serious but stable condition at Northridge Hospital Medical Center after he fell onto a wooden partition near a parking lot at his complex in Reseda, Police Det. Mike Oppelt said.
Smiley was expected to be transferred to the jail ward at County-USC Medical Center.
He is suspected of stabbing to death Stacey Baker, 26, a teacher at Beachy Avenue Elementary School in Pacoima.
Responding to a call from a friend, officers found Baker's body about 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the shower at her Granada Hills condominium in the 10600 block of Woodley Avenue, Oppelt said.
The apparent motive for the killing was the couple's breakup after dating three years, he said.
Smiley has worked in plant management at CSUN since 2000, dispatching maintenance workers to the campus' 53 major buildings, said Carmen Ramos Chandler, a university spokeswoman.