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One Marine held in another's death

May 24, 2008|H.G. Reza

A Marine was arrested Friday and another is sought in the death of a fellow Marine found shot to death in an Orange County ditch last week, authorities said.

Lance Cpl. Christian Carney, 21, was removed from the camp's brig, where he was jailed Thursday night, and handed over to Orange County sheriff's homicide detectives. He was arrested on suspicion of killing Pvt. Stephen Serrano, 20, a native of El Dorado in Northern California.

Alleged accomplice Pvt. Alvin Reed Lovely, 20, a Texas native, has been absent without leave from his unit since April, said sheriff's spokesman John McDonald. He is believed to be in Southern California and to have a black 2002 Nissan Sentra, McDonald said.

Serrano's body, clad in desert-style military fatigues and boots, was found by a hiker May 15 in a concrete drainage ditch near the end of Calle Cordillera in a hilly and sparse area of San Clemente.

Authorities say Serrano was killed where his body was found and may have been there for up to two days. He was married and lived on the base.

Authorities have ruled out a love triangle as the reason for the killing.

-- H.G. Reza

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