Man caught in California cop killing

Nov. 10, 2010 at 4:26 PM

RIVERSIDE, Calif., Nov. 10 (UPI) -- A parolee arrested on suspicion of killing a California policeman is being held without bail and could face capital charges, authorities said Wednesday.

Earl Green, 44, of Rubidoux, Calif., was arrested near a Target store at 8 p.m. Tuesday for the Sunday night slaying of Riverside Officer Ryan Bonaminio, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported.

Green was booked at 3:41 a.m. Wednesday for investigation of murder with at least one "special circumstance," which lets prosecutors seek death or life without parole. Such circumstances include murder of a peace officer.

Riverside County court records show a man with Green's name and date of birth has a record of at least 13 cases going back to at least 1990, when he admitted receiving stolen property and battery on a police officer and was sentenced to one year and four months.

He was sentenced to three years for felony vandalism in 2007 but served less than 20 months.

Eddie Green, a cousin, told the Press-Enterprise he feared for his life around Earl Green.

A candlelight vigil for Bonaminio is planned for this weekend in Riverside.

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