February 22, 2024
Larry Joe Breen. Courtesy San Diego police

A person charged with stabbing a petty officer on the sufferer’s Level Loma residence greater than three a long time in the past was convicted Thursday of second-degree homicide.

A San Diego jury discovered Brian Scott Koehl, 52, responsible within the killing of Larry Joe Breen, 32, whose physique was found on Could 25, 1990.

Breen, a cook dinner stationed aboard USS Fox CG-33 who was slated to be then-President George Bush’s chef at Camp David, was stabbed twice within the neck and located slumped in opposition to a fence within the yard of his Locust Avenue dwelling.

The sufferer was discovered nude, coated in blood, close to a broken-out window.

Although the case went chilly, Deputy District Legal professional Lisa Fox stated Koehl, who was additionally within the Navy on the time, was tied to the scene through DNA initially present in a blood stain and on a beer bottle inside the house.

The prosecutor stated that in 2019, “an investigative lead” led police to establish Koehl as a suspect as his DNA was not solely matched to the blood stain and beer bottle, however quite a few different objects all through the house.

Koehl was arrested final 12 months in Knoxville, Tenn.

Whereas it took greater than three a long time to arrest a suspect, the prosecutor stated Koehl advised a good friend of his in 1992 that he’d killed somebody.

Koehl advised the good friend “a man got here onto him” and he stabbed him, then tried to scrub up his prints from the house.

The good friend didn’t instantly inform police, however advised his spouse years later, who insisted they report it, in keeping with Fox. Nonetheless, Koehl’s good friend didn’t recall the right metropolis the place the homicide occurred, and the case remained unsolved.

Koehl was out of custody on $500,000 bail by way of the trial, however was booked into county jail following Thursday’s verdict. He faces 16 years to life in state jail at sentencing, which is scheduled for subsequent month.

– Metropolis Information Service