Suspect pleads not guilty to murder in Laguna Beach case involving 27-year-old’s death

LAGUNA BEACH, California – A man has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder in connection with the death of a 27-year-old woman whose body was found in Laguna Beach. Dino Rojas-Moreno, 26, was accused of committing a “random act of sinful hate,” according to friends and family of the victim, Tatum Goodwin. The suspect allegedly used a fire extinguisher to beat the victim to death behind the restaurant where she worked.

Rojas-Moreno’s not guilty plea was entered through his attorney during a recent court appearance. He was charged with special circumstances murder during a kidnapping, with a sentencing enhancement for using a deadly weapon, in this case, a fire extinguisher. Goodwin, a resident of San Clemente, was found dead by a construction worker in a remote area, and the motive for the crime remains unclear.

The victim’s family and friends stated that they did not know the suspect and claimed that Goodwin did not either. Prosecutors alleged that Rojas-Moreno, a bartender, approached the victim in a parking lot near the crime scene, where he allegedly beat her to death with a fire extinguisher. It was reported that her body was found with a sandbag placed over her head, and investigators suspect that she was dragged to the scene and killed behind a movie theater that was under construction.

Rojas-Moreno remains in custody without bail, and the case continues to unfold as authorities work to bring justice for the victim. The tragic incident has shaken the community and raised concerns about safety in the area. The investigation is ongoing, and more details are expected to emerge as the case progresses.