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Teen accused of killing Carlsbad woman on hiking trail denies allegations

Posted at 12:44 PM, Dec 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-17 15:44:39-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A 17-year-old boy accused of killing a Carlsbad woman on a popular hiking trail denied the allegations against him during a virtual arraignment Thursday morning.

Through his attorney, the teen denied all allegations. He faces charges in connection with the Nov. 23 death of 68-year-old Lisa Thorborg.

Thorborg was on a morning walk at Hosp Grove Trail when Carlsbad police investigators said she was attacked and stabbed to death.

On Dec. 14, Carlsbad police announced the arrest of a 17-year-old boy in the case. Little information on the teen was released, but police noted the suspect is a Carlsbad resident.

Thorborg's death struck a chord with many in the community. In the days following her death, a large group came to honor her by finishing the walk she started.

The woman’s death also left many neighbors upset and concerned about their safety while on that trail.

During Thursday’s arraignment, the judge also granted the teen's request to two phone calls -- one to his Mom, the other to his grandmother.

ABC 10News learned Thorborg’s family was also listening to the hearing through the phone.

Another hearing in the case is set for Dec. 22.