Man charged with beating woman to death with fire extinguisher, leaving her body at construction site

Man charged with beating woman to death with fire extinguisher, leaving her body at construction site

(As originally published, Mon, November 20th 2023, 6:35 PM EST)

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (TND) — A man in southern California is charged with special circumstances murder after a woman was found beaten to death and her body left at a construction site.

Those special circumstances mean Dino Rojas-Moreno, 26, would be eligible for the death penalty if he’s convicted.

He’s accused of approaching 27-year-old Tatum Goodwin at around 1 a.m. last Sunday, Nov. 12, in a parking lot in Laguna Beach, Orange County.

The district attorney’s office said it believes Rojas-Moreno assaulted Goodwin near her car,

“then forcefully dragged her to the rear of the parking lot, down a short alley, and to a secluded area behind a movie theatre that was under construction.

“Rojas-Moreno is then accused of beating Goodwin to death with a fire extinguisher.”

A construction worker found her body about seven hours later, under a chain link fence, “and a sandbag had been placed on her head.”

Man charged with beating woman to death with fire extinguisher, leaving her body at construction site
Dino Rojas-Moreno is charged with murder, the special circumstances of committing murder during a kidnapping, and the enhancement of using the fire extinguisher, Nov. 15, 2023. (Laguna Beach Police Dept.)

Then, Rojas-Moreno, a bartender, didn’t show up at work that day. He claimed he’d been jumped by several men.

Laguna Beach detectives said they got enough information and evidence at the scene to identify Rojas-Moreno as a suspect, and they arrested him three days later with help from other police departments.

Now, investigators are looking into whether the two knew each other.

Rojas-Moreno is charged with murder, the special circumstances of committing murder during a kidnapping, and the enhancement of using a weapon, the fire extinguisher.

He’s being held without bail.

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