A 16-year-old boy was charged with murder in the fatal stabbing of a mother who was allowing the teen to stay at her West Hills home, prosecutors said Friday.
Steven Paul Main of Bell Canyon, who was charged as an adult with the allegation that he used a knife, pled not guilty Thursday, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.
He was being held in lieu of more than $2 million bail and was set to return to court on June 24.
Main is accused of killing 53-year-old Connie Cajulis, whose body was discovered with multiple stab wounds at her home in the 7100 block of Shadow Ridge Court on Tuesday.
Los Angeles police said Main stole Cajulis' car and crashed it not far from the home. He was taken to a hospital in stable condition.
Cajulis' body was discovered by her family when they returned home, prosecutors said.
Cajulis was a booster mom for the Calabasas High School athletics program. People who knew her say she worked tirelessly, often with little recognition. She would sometimes stay until midnight, operating the snack bar at home games and making sure athletes had their dinner and equipment.
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A motive for the stabbing was unclear, but police said it did not appear to be a case of robbery.
If convicted as charged, Main faces a sentence of life in state prison.