An Iraq war veteran accused of beating his girlfriend to death in his San Clemente condo was charged Wednesday with murder.
John Wylie Needham, 25, was arrested late Monday after Orange County sheriff's deputies found his 19-year-old girlfriend, Jacqwelyn Joann Villagomez, in his bedroom severely beaten. She died a few hours later.
Needham answered the door naked and had to be subdued with a Taser after deputies responded to a report of an argument at the upscale condo complex, authorities said.
Needham, who was wounded in combat while serving in the Army in Iraq, returned with severe mental problems, his family said. "I'm falling apart by the seams," he wrote in a post on his MySpace page.