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Tahoe murderer is denied parole

Gregory Crofton

A 45-year-old transient convicted of stabbing and strangling to death a woman near Trout Creek was denied parole Monday at a California men’s state prison facility at San Luis Obispo, Calif.

In 1991 Robert Vaughn was sentenced in El Dorado County Superior Court to 15 years to life for second degree murder.

Vaughn reportedly told investigators he was on a weeklong drunk when he killed the 31-year-old South Lake Tahoe woman in a blind rage. Vaughn and the woman had been on a picnic behind Albertsons.

El Dorado County Assistant District Attorney Hans Uthe said reports indicate the woman was an acquaintance of Vaughn’s but she was not dating him at the time.

A group of children riding bicycles found the woman about 10 feet from the creek. She had been stabbed in the heart, and neck, was strangled, and showed signs of blunt force trauma to the jaw.

The murderer turned himself into deputies shortly after the crime. Vaughn reportedly said he was so drunk he doesn’t remember any details regarding his attack of the woman.

Vaughn did not appear at his parole hearing Monday, but the woman’s family was there, as well as Uthe, who spoke briefly at the hearing.

“As a matter of policy we believed it was the right thing to do to go down there,” Uthe said. “He’s still locked up and his next consideration for parole is in five years.”

Uthe said the prison reported that Vaughn has been stabbed twice while incarcerated.

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