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Pair accused of stabbing Carlsbad woman to death during home invasion due in court

Posted at 12:21 PM, May 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-29 15:21:53-04

CARLSBAD, Calif. (CNS) -- The man and woman accused of killing a woman during a Carlsbad home invasion are scheduled to be in court.

Prosecutors say 37-year-old Ian Forrester Bushee and 26-year-old Malissa James face a possible life without parole sentence if convicted in the killing of 63-year- old Marjorie Gawitt.

Gawitt called 911 around 12:30 a.m. on March 11 to report that she'd been stabbed at her home on the 1800 block of Outrigger Lane.

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Bushee and James, both on probation in connection with a burglary in San Bernardino County, reportedly broke into Gawitt's home where at least one of them stabbed her before stealing her car and fleeing.

The pair was arrested shortly before noon in a brushy area of the 4800 block of Park Drive, roughly a tenth of a mile from the victim's home.