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Man accused of killing Realtor undergoes preliminary hearing

Witnesses say parts of his day were unaccounted for
Published on Jul 12, 2005

The Los Angeles-area man accused of killing his Realtor ex-wife is undergoing a preliminary hearing on the charges. Erwin Percy Howard, 51, is facing murder charges in the death of Julia "Deede" Keller, a popular real estate agent in L.A.'s South Bay area who disappeared July 8, 2004. Prosecutors during the trial suggested that Howard found ways to skirt security at Los Angeles International Airport during his work shift, which gave him the chance to carry out the crime, the Daily Breeze reported. An airline official testified that Howard could not account for his whereabouts during part of his shift on July 8, 2004, according to reports from the Daily Breeze. During those blocks of time on that day when Howard's whereabouts were uncertain, prosecutors told the judge he was likely "stalking" Keller, the Daily Breeze reported. Keller was last seen on July 8, a year ago. Keller's body was found in the trunk of her Mercedes-Benz a week later in San Diego, about 140 miles south of ...

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