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Courtney Haruko Arvizu, 25

Courtney Haruko Arvizu, a 25-year-old Latina, was found dead Sunday, May 24, 2015 by blunt-force trauma in the 22800 block of Ninth Street in Newhall, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records. 

After family members requested a welfare check, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies found Arvizu lying on the floor in her living room about 2 a.m., according to coroner's records. 

Deputies forced their way into the home to help her, but she was already dead, The Times reported. 

Arvizu had been hit over the head with a beer bottle, according to coroner's records. She was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:20 a.m.

Her husband of two months, Robert George Arvizu, a 49-year-old white man, was arrested on suspicion of murder and assaulting a friend who had attended a party with him and his wife the evening before. 

Investigators believe Robert Arvizu left the party with his wife the evening of the 23rd and allegedly hit her over the head in their living room, Lt. Dave Coleman said. 

After hitting his wife, investigators believe Arvizu returned to the party and got a ride home with a friend. During the ride home, Arvizu allegedly tried to choke his friend, Coleman said. 

The friend got away, and Robert Arvizu was arrested on suspicion of assault. The murder charges were added about four months later, after detectives finished their investigation, according to prosecutors. 

Robert Arvizu pleaded not guilty May 27 to the murder and assault charges, prosecutors said. Arvizu is being held in lieu of $1.1-million bail. His next court appearance is a preliminary hearing on Jan. 19 in Department H of the the Los Angeles County Superior Court, San Fernando Branch. 

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