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Murder charges filed in Bambi Larson homicide, suspect in court today

The man police say broke into a woman’s South San Jose home and stabbed her to death last month is set to appear in court Thursday, after prosecutors filed murder charges against him.
Court documents are shedding new light on the killing of Bambi Larson, 59, who was found by a co-worker and a family member in the bedroom of her home on Knollfield Way early on the morning of Feb. 28.
Police on Monday arrested Carlos Eduardo Arevalo-Carranza, 24, who was apparently homeless and had entered the United States illegally. He was living in San Jose but was originally from El Salvador. DNA testing linked him to a T-shirt found by investigators near Larson’s home after the crime, according to court documents.
Arevalo-Carranza will be arraigned on the charges in San Jose Thursday afternoon.
The case has sparked a political firestorm in Santa Clara County and in national media, after federal immigration authorities said Tuesday that they had asked local law enforcement to detain Arevalo-Carranza nine times in recent years. Arevalo-Carranza was arrested several times over that span on drug, burglary and other charges in Santa Clara County and in Los Angeles, but was never held for immigration officials.
Surveillance video from homes near Larson’s showed a man walking up to her home around 4:30 a.m. on Feb. 28, authorities said, then walking back down the street about half an hour later.
Police said Tuesday that they have not established any connection between Larson and Arevalo-Carranza before the crime.

Police said Arevalo-Carranza also had Larson’s Kindle tablet and cellphone when he was arrested, as well as a knife, boots that matched bloody shoe prints found at the home and a backpack similar to one seen in security video.
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