- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 11, 2017

SAN BRUNO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say the killing and dismembering of a man south of San Francisco last week was sparked by a dispute over the sale of a space heater.

KNTV reports (https://bit.ly/2p3qxy2 ) police arrested 50-year-old David Stubblefield, who appeared in court Monday on charges that he murdered his neighbor, 70-year-old Benjamin “Benny” Roybal.

Assistant District Attorney Albert Serrato says that during the dispute over the space heater, Stubblefield used pepper spray on the victim and then shot him in the chest, killing him.

After Roybal was reported missing, police investigated his disappearance. The investigation led to Stubblefield’s San Bruno home, where Serrato says authorities found dismembered body parts in buckets full of chemicals.

Stubblefield is being held at San Mateo County jail on $10 million bail.

It was not immediately known if Stubblefield has an attorney.

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Information from: KNTV-TV.


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