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1:33 PM Thu, Dec. 13th

Former Kingman radio personality won't face death penalty

A California deputy district attorney will not seek the death penalty against a former Kingman disc jockey charged with the death of a California man in January.

Alan Lee Lama, 34, was arrested at his Apple Valley, Calif., apartment and charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the Jan.

24 beating death of his girlfriend's husband.

Deputy San Bernardino County District Attorney Cheryl Kersey said her office will not seek the death penalty against Lama or his codefendant Cathleen Quinn, both charged with murdering Quinn's husband, James Quinn.

Kersey, however, will seek life in prison without parole for both Lama and Quinn.

Lama's trial is expected to take place sometime this fall, Kersey said.

Kersey said her office weighed issues of the case such as the criminal history of the defendants, the facts of the case and the crime itself to determine not to seek the death penalty.

Lama worked as a morning disc jockey at Kingman's KGMN-FM for about 2.5 years before moving to Texas in April 2001.

While in Texas, Lama reportedly met Quinn, 34, over the Internet before moving to California.

San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies responded to a fast food restaurant around 11 p.m.


24 in the Cajon Pass north of San Bernardino, Calif.

Deputies discovered James Quinn, 36, of Victorville, Calif., dead at the scene.

Quinn's wife, Cathleen Quinn, told deputies that the couple stopped at the fast food restaurant so she could use the restroom.

When she returned, Quinn claimed she found her husband beaten and bleeding inside their van.

Sheriff investigators believe that Cathleen Quinn and Lama lured her husband to an isolated commercial area in Rancho Cucamonga where Lama allegedly attacked, stabbed and strangled James Quinn to death in Quinn's own van, court documents show.

Lama then fled in his pickup truck while Cathleen Quinn allegedly drove her husband's body to the restaurant several miles away where she phoned in the fake report.

Detectives allegedly found evidence linking Lama to Quinn's murder during a search of his truck and his Apple Valley apartment.

Lama's cell phone and computer were taken as evidence.

Quinn is also charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder with an enhancement of financial gain.

Lama's next court hearing is set for Aug.