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Mar 11, 2010 5:51 PM

AP: San Diego murder suspect broke parole

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Records obtained by The Associated Press show a convicted sex offender charged with killing a 17-year-old San Diego County girl could have been sent back to prison for violating his parole.

The records show parole officials found John Albert Gardner III was illegally living within a half-mile of a school in September 2007.
They decided to keep him on parole.

Had he been returned to prison, he could have been evaluated for commitment to a state mental hospital as a sexually violent predator. He also would have qualified for a lifetime of GPS tracking of his whereabouts.

Gardner pleaded guilty in 2000 to molesting a 13-year-old girl.

He pleaded not guilty this month to murdering Chelsea King in San Diego County and to the attempted rape of another woman. He's also under

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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