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SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) -- A retired teacher was murdered last week by a former lover who died after suffering a heart attack fleeing from her house, police said Wednesday.
Authorities believe Paul Porter, 66, of Scottsdale, Ariz., killed Janice Somple at her house in Simi Valley last Thursday.
The case was quickly solved after police were alerted the day of the murder to a traffic accident less than two miles from Somple's house. A vehicle matching the description of one seen leaving Somple's home after the murder was found. Behind the wheel was Porter, who died from a heart attack after crashing his truck, police said.
Investigators wouldn't say what Porter's motive was for killing Somple. The two had dated roughly 15 years ago, and the relationship ended amicably.
"We know Paul killed Janice and how he did it," Simi Valley police Sgt. Randy Foushee said.
An autopsy revealed Somple, 65, had been beaten and stabbed. Somple retired four years ago after 28 years with the Conejo Valley Unified School District.
Simi Valley is about 40 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles and was regarded as one of America's safest cities over the past decade. Somple's death was the second murder in the city of roughly 125,000 this year. There were none in 2011.