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Former radio personality charged with murder

A former Kingman radio personality was charged with murder Saturday in beating death of a California man on Friday night.

Alan Lee Lama, 34, was arrested and charged with murder and conspiracy to murder after he allegedly "attacked, stabbed and strangled" his girlfriend's husband on Friday night, a press release from the San Bernadino County Sheriff's Office states.

Al Lama, as he was known locally, worked as a disc jockey at K99 Super County for about twoyears.

He moved to Texas in April 2001, when he reportedly became a masseur before relocating in California.

A station employee, who asked not to be identified, said Lama returned to the station last summer looking for work.

Lama also reportedly met the woman on the Internet while living in Texas, the employee said.

San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a "severely injured male" at a fast food restaurant around 11 p.m.

on Friday at Interstate 15 and Highway 138, near Cajon Pass north of San Bernardino.

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

Quinn's wife, 34-year-old Cathleen Quinn, told deputies that the couple had stopped at the McDonald's restaurant for only a few minutes so she could use the restroom.

When she returned from the restroom, Quinn reportedly found her husband beaten and bleeding inside their van.

Through questioning, detectives suspected the story was fabricated and Quinn was arrested for murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

"Investigators determined that Cathleen Quinn conspired with a male friend of hers by the name of Al Lama to lure her husband to an isolated commercial area after Quinn and her husband ate dinner that evening at the Ontario Mills Mall," San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office Sgt.

Bobby Dean said.

"James Quinn was lured to the area of 4th and Santa Anita Streets in Rancho Cucamonga, where Lama allegedly attacked, stabbed and strangled Quinn to death in Quinn's own van."

Dean said Lama fled in his pickup truck while Mrs.

Quinn drove her husband's body to the restaurant, several miles away, where she phoned in the fake report.

Lama was booked into jail for murder and conspiracy to commit murder over the weekend.

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

Arraignment is Tuesday.

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