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Judge upholds charges against Lompoc murder suspect

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Posted at 4:31 PM, Aug 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-23 22:06:54-04

The murder case against a Lompoc woman is moving forward to trial.

Darlene Ybarra was in court Friday morning for her preliminary hearing where a Lompoc police detective reportedly testified. The judge ultimately decided to uphold the charges against her.

The 35-year-old is charged with murder and an enhancement that a knife was used during the March 24 stabbing death of Eric William Larsson, 56, at a home on the 400 block of South J Street in Lompoc.

Police say the victim was renting a room at the home at the time he was killed. The Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office alleges the murder was "willful, deliberate and premeditated."

Ybarra remains in custody at Santa Barbara County Jail in lieu of $2 million bail.

She is due back in court in Santa Maria on Sept. 5.