Man pleads guilty to murder in mother’s killing in Ocean Beach

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Daniel Chase McKibben faces a sentence of life in prison without parole in the 2019 slaying in which his mother was stabbed dozens of times.


A 38-year-old man who stabbed his mother dozens of times in Ocean Beach pleaded guilty July 27 to murder and other allegations.

Daniel Chase McKibben admitted to killing Heidi Green, 59, whose body was found May 1, 2019, in a garbage can in the garage of a condominium on Niagara Avenue.

McKibben is expected to be sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. A sentencing hearing in San Diego County Superior Court is scheduled for Sept. 13.

County Deputy District Attorney Kristie Nikoletich said Green, a Los Angeles resident who owned the rental property where she was killed, had more than 45 stab wounds, mostly to her face and neck. The prosecutor said McKibben stole Green’s jewelry, purse, wallet, credit cards, watch and other items, many of which were never recovered.

A day after Green’s body was discovered, a La Mesa police officer shot and wounded McKibben at a home in that city after responding to a call from the homeowner, who said McKibben was refusing to leave. Police said McKibben was armed with a knife when officers arrived.

In addition to the murder count, McKibben admitted to allegations of using a knife in the killing, as well as special-circumstance allegations of murder during a robbery and torture.


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