Murder Charge Filed Against Felon Suspected of Killing Woman Found After House Fire

MURRIETA – A murder charge was filed today against a Sun City parolee accused of killing his girlfriend, whose body was found in her burned- out mobile home in Winchester.

David James Lillard, 51, was arrested Friday in connection with the death of 50-year-old Autumn Kissinger, whose remains were discovered the previous day by firefighters after they knocked down a blaze that destroyed her residence at 33600 El Centro Lane. The cause of death has not been determined.

Lillard, who’s also charged with one felony count each of arson and burglary, is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 20 at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta.

Riverside County District Attorney’s Office spokesman John Hall said Lillard and Kissinger were dating.

Sheriff’s officials did not disclose what evidence allegedly links Lillard to Kissinger’s death.

According to court records, Lillard has prior convictions for assault with a deadly weapon, battery and failure to register as a sex offender.

Lillard is being held without bail at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.


Felon Suspected of Killing Woman Found After House Fire

MURRIETA – Felony charges are expected to be filed tomorrow against a parolee suspected of killing a woman whose body was found in a burned out mobile home in Winchester.

The remains of Autumn Kissinger, 50, were discovered by firefighters after they knocked down a blaze that destroyed her residence Thursday morning at 33600 El Centro Lane.

The cause of death has not been determined.

On Friday, Riverside County sheriff’s investigators arrested 51-year-old David James Lillard in connection with Kissinger’s death.

Lillard was taken into custody without incident outside a house at 27389 Presley St. in Menifee and booked into the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning on suspicion of murder, arson and parole violations. He’s being held without bail.

Prosecutors are reviewing the case.

Sheriff’s officials would not disclose Kissinger’s and Lillard’s relationship, if any, or what alleged evidence linked him to her death.

According to court records, Lillard has prior convictions for assault with a deadly weapon, battery and failure to register as a sex offender.


Blaze where woman’s body found was result of arson

WINCHESTER – A blaze that raced through a mobile home in Winchester where a body was found was the result of arson, the Riverside County Fire Department reported.

Cal Fire investigators made their determination about the fire that destroyed the home in the 33600 block of El Centro Avenue on Thursday, Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman Melody Hendrickson said.

A woman, later identified by the coroner’s office as Autumn Kissinger, 50, of Hemet, was found dead inside the burned-out home, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

No arrests have been made, and the coroner has not yet said what the cause of death was. The investigation was ongoing and the case was being treated as a homicide, Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Raymond Huskey said.

Sheriff’s deputies urged anyone with information about the arson fire to call Investigator Jason Corey of the sheriff’s homicide unit at (951) 955- 2777 or Investigator Chris Barajas of the sheriff’s Perris station at (951) 210- 1000.

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