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Man Pleads Not Guilty to Murder

John Carlo Monta is accused of stabbing his girlfriend and leaving her body in an SUV.

A man accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death and leaving her body in an SUV in a Carlsbad parking lot pleaded not guilty to murder Thursday during an arraignment at a La Jolla hospital.

John Carlo Monta, 28, who is battling lymphoma and recently underwent a bone marrow transfusion, entered his plea to Judge Martin Staven at UC San Diego Thornton Hospital.

The judge ordered that Monta be held without bail.

An allegation that he used a knife in the killing was added to the murder charge, so Monta faces 26 years to life in prison if convicted.

The victim, 24-year-old Joanne Javier of San Diego, was discovered last Friday with a chest wound in an SUV parked at Van Allen Way and Faraday Avenue. She was pronounced dead at the scene, Carlsbad police officials said.

According to broadcast reports, co-workers said the victim and Monta were having relationship problems, and have a 3-year-old son together.

Monta recently took a leave of absence from EZ Lube oil change on Genesee Avenue in Clairemont because of his cancer.

No details about the case, including a motive, were discussed during the hearing.

-City News Service

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