Two teenagers, Christian Birdsall, 16 and Cody Nicosia, 18, stand accused of beating to death Barbara Latiolais whose body was found inside her burning Castro Valley house on October 18, which authorities believe was set by the two young suspects.
According to the the Daily Review, Latiolais body was found badly beaten. Latiolais' longtime partner, Michael J. Rice, 60, was not at home at the time of the murder. He is not believed to be a suspect. "The couple's black 2006 Volvo station wagon [was stolen] from their driveway shortly after the 12:15 a.m. fire. The car was found several hours later at the end of Brookdale Boulevard in Castro Valley."
The two teens will be tried as adults.