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17-year-old Carlsbad murder suspect arraigned in juvenile court

REGION — A 17-year-old accused of killing Lisa Thorborg in Hosp Grove Park on Nov. 23 was arraigned in a juvenile courtroom on Dec. 17 in downtown San Diego.

The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, meanwhile, will be seeking to charge the boy as an adult, according to Tanya Sierra, a spokeswoman for the DA’s office. However, the defendant has denied all charges, including murder, his attorney Debbie Kirkwood said. The court entered a denial into the record.

The name of the youth was not released by the court and Judge Tilisha Martin gave strict orders to blur any images or audio of the boy due to the matter being in juvenile court. He will appear on Dec. 22 for another hearing where evidence of the case will be presented to determine his detention and adult status, Sierra said.

During the virtual hearing, Kirkwood said the boy’s family will also retain attorney Jennifer Goldman and the two will represent the boy.

The boy was arrested on Dec. 14 by Carlsbad police, more than three weeks after Thorborg was killed, according to Lt. Justin Jackowski. The boy was picked up on the 2900 block of Ocean Street

“I can’t really say any specifics at all, it was just generally investigative techniques led us to identify the suspect,” he added. “And then forensic evidence helped us to confirm it.”

Thorborg, a native of Sweden, recently moved to Carlsbad with her daughters from Portland, Ore., according to statements from her family. She was walking along Hosp Grove East Trail on the morning of Nov. 23 when she was stabbed to death, according to police.

The killing was between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., but police were informed of a man spotted in the area during the time. However, Jackowski declined to get into specifics about the case citing the need to protect the ongoing investigation and potential prosecution.

On Nov. 28, more than 100 residents came out to Hosp Grove to “Finish Lisa’s Walk,” which was organized by Theresa Dooley and Angela Derby. Residents brought flowers, placed them near the site where she was killed and solemnly honored Thorborg.

On Nov. 11, Thorborg posted on the social media site Nextdoor asking if anyone wanted to walk the popular trail with her. Two weeks later, she was killed.

At the time, residents said the walk was not only to remember Thorborg, but to show strength in numbers.

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