Trial date set for man accused of killing girlfriend, snatching their child

MURRIETA (CNS) - A Jan. 30 trial date was confirmed today for a convicted felon accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend at her San Jacinto home and fleeing to Las Vegas, where he was apprehended holding his and the victim's 2-year-old son.Celestine John Stoot Jr., 43, of Lake Elsinore allegedly killed 43- year-old Natasha Denise Barlow of San Jacinto in July 2021.Stoot is charged with murder, child cruelty, being a felon in possession of a loaded firearm and sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations.During a status conference at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Paul Dickerson conferred with the prosecution and defense regarding a prospective trial schedule, and both sides agreed to endeavor to clear the
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