Man pleads guilty in sex shop murder

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Shaun Ward, 42, is slated to be sentenced next month in connection with the Oct. 2018 death of 65-year-old El Cajon resident Diane Spagnuolo.

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A man who fatally stabbed a clerk inside an adult bookstore in the Midway District pleaded guilty to murder Tuesday.

Shaun Ward, 42, is slated to be sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole next month in connection with the Oct. 29, 2018, death of 65-year-old El Cajon resident Diane Spagnuolo.

The victim was found dead inside the X-Spot Adult Store on Midway Drive, according to San Diego police.

A surveillance camera in the shop captured images of Ward prior to the slaying, which was reported at about 1:45 p.m., police said.

Ward was arrested later that night at a residence in San Diego.

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