Repeated rescheduling of a former PCC student’s murder trial has left the gruesome death of a young girl unsolved for over two years.Former PCC student Isaac Campbell, accused of murdering his alleged girlfriend, appeared in court Dec. 3 when his preliminary hearing was rescheduled to Jan. 6 due to further discussions between the district attorney and the public defender.
“I’m going to be meeting with [Jim Duffy, public defender] to possibly discuss a settlement,” said Deputy District Attorney Steve Ipson.
Campbell had appeared in court Sept. 9 where his preliminary hearing was also rescheduled to Oct. 7. When Campbell appeared on Oct. 7 the pre-trial was once again postponed till Nov. 3.
Campbell’s pre-trial has been postponed four times in the last four months.
Prior to this, there had been one other preliminary hearing that was postponed for nine months due to the delay in finishing the autopsy of Lu.
Campbell is on trial on suspicion of murdering his ex-girlfriend, Liya “Jessie” Lu, also a former PCC student, in August 2007.
Campbell is charged with first-degree murder – an unlawful killing that is both willful and premeditated – which could get him from 25 years to life in prison if he is found guilty, according to Ipson.
Lu’s body was found in September 2007 at an Arcadia residence. Her body was wrapped in a plastic bag, placed in a large blue trash bin, and buried under 10 gallons of kitty litter.
“The elaborate preparation to dispose of the cadaver is a strong indication of the intent to dispose of evidence that could point out the cause and manner of death,” said medical examiners in the Coroner’s autopsy report. “Considering all these circumstances the manner of death is homicidal.”
According to the coroner’s report, filed in May, Lu’s cause of death was inconclusive due to the decomposed state of her body.
In addition, the report revealed that Lu’s body began to show greenish discoloration on the skin, disintegration on the internal and external organs, and brain liquefaction
The report also revealed that Lu’s body had no external or internal evidence of injuries, which adds a certain level of ambivalence.
Lu was reapplying for the nursing program after having graduated from PCC with an Associate of Arts degree in Spring 2006.
Campbell was located through a series of anonymous tips through the Internet and on television, explained Gil Carillo, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau Lieutenant.
Minneapolis Police Department’s Violent Apprehension Team detained Campbell in Minneapolis, Minn., after a short foot pursuit. Campbell has since then been extradited to California.
Campbell is also being charged with transportation of marijuana.
Campbell is being held at Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic, with bail set at $1.2 million.