Prosecutors file special circumstance allegation of ‘lying in wait’ in murder case of Navy veteran in Fallbrook

VISTA – Prosecutors today (March 20) filed a special circumstance allegation of lying in wait against a Camp Pendleton Marine corporal charged with murdering a Navy veteran whose body was found inside his SUV in Fallbrook.

Kevin Albert Richard Coset, 23, could face the death penalty or life in prison if convicted in the death of 24-year-old Alvin Bulaoro.

Coset also faces allegations that he used a knife and a firearm in Bulaoro’s murder.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled Monday, March 25 in Vista Superior Court for Coset, who was taken into custody Feb. 22 at Camp Pendleton after homicide detectives obtained a warrant for his arrest.

The victim’s body, showing signs of trauma, was found on the evening of Jan. 3 zipped inside a sleeping bag in the back seat of his Toyota 4Runner in a parking lot in the 1100 block of South Mission Road, said San Diego County Sheriff’s Capt. Duncan Fraser.

Members of Bulaoro’s family found the SUV after previously reporting him missing. They had last seen him on Dec. 21, Fraser said.

No motive for the slaying was released.

Bulaoro was a U.S. Navy veteran who later served as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve. The victim orked as an administrator in a family-owned home healthcare business.

(previous story, Wed., March 11, 2013)

Camp Pendleton Marine pleads not guilty to murdering Navy veteran whose body was found in Fallbrook

VISTA – A Camp Pendleton Marine corporal pleaded not guilty today to murdering a Navy veteran whose body was found inside his SUV in Fallbrook.

Kevin Albert Richard Coset, 23, was ordered held on $5 million bail.

In addition to the murder charge, Coset faces allegations that he used a knife and a firearm in the killing of 24-year-old Alvin Bulaoro. If convicted, Coset faces 61 years to life in prison.

Judge Marshall Hockett scheduled a readiness conference for March 20 and a preliminary hearing for March 25.

Coset was taken into custody Feb. 22 at Camp Pendleton after homicide detectives obtained a warrant for his arrest, said San Diego County sheriff’s Capt. Duncan Fraser.

The victim’s body, showing signs of trauma, was found on the evening of Jan. 3 zipped inside a sleeping bag in the back seat of his own Toyota 4Runner in a parking lot in the 1100 block of South Mission Road, Fraser said.

Members of Bulaoro’s family found the SUV after previously reporting him missing. They had last seen him on Dec. 21, Fraser said.

No motive for the slaying was released.

Bulaoro was a U.S. Navy veteran who later served as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve. The victim worked as an administrator in a family- owned home healthcare business.

4 Responses to "Prosecutors file special circumstance allegation of ‘lying in wait’ in murder case of Navy veteran in Fallbrook"

  1. gladthemarinecooperated   March 20, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Glad they apprehended this monster!! Good job sheriff’s! Usually the Marines try to cover for these criminals. Good riddance of this punk criminal! Hope they throw the book at him!

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  2. Re???   March 20, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    The Marines do not cover up, they will make sure the allegations are right, and then they follow the rules. If that were true "gladthemarinecooperated" they could be charged with aiding and abetting. You are an idiot for making an accusation as that. Be quiet if you do not know what the heck you are talking about.

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  3. Supernatural   March 22, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    I am darned curious about a motive….

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  4. surepal   April 1, 2013 at 5:01 am

    @Re??- Are you trying to say military officials never covered up a crime??? Well, I can tell you that you are wrong. I was married to a Military Police Sergeant quite a few years ago. He beat the crud out of me, and broke my arm.

    Fallbrook Sheriff’s Department had jurisdiction in the case. Sheriff’s detectives obtained a felony arrest warrant, and arrived at Camp Pendleton. They were told by his Captain, that he had been honorably discharged four days earlier.

    The Naval Hospital treated me for my injuries several months after he was discharged. (This was because he was still on active duty the day he attacked me.) Naval Hospital personnel had to make a new patient file 4 times. My records disappeared- off the face of the earth, after each doctor visit. His two best friends (worked in the Records Division of the Naval Hospital.) What a coincidence, yeah right!

    Years later, my attorney (for an unrelated civil matter) sent a request for my health records.
    The National Archives responded with a letter- stating they didn’t have ANY health records, nor did they have a record of him having any dependents. (Despite the fact I still had my dependent ID/Medical ID cards, and copies of hospital paperwork.) A second and third search for my records was conducted, with nothing ever found.

    Three of my friends were also Marine wives. Each of them were seriously injured after being beaten by their husband. Same story- ole boy wasn’t due to get out of the Marine Corps for months, and was suddenly honorably discharged. (Even though military officials knew the Sheriff’s had jurisdiction/arrest warrants.)

    So obviously you are the ignorant person here. Don’t tell me that 6 sheriff’s deputies, one CHP officer, 2 Fallbrook hospital doctors, and 2 Tri-City hospital doctors- and numerous eye witnesses- just made this up. We each have 15 page police reports- complete with photos and hospital paperwork- pal. So quit your idiotic rant- because YOU DON’T KNOW what you are talking about!!!

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