Man gets 11 years for killing roommate with a hammer and hiding body in wall for six years

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A California man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for killing his special-needs roommate with a hammer and hiding her body in a wall for six years.

Randolph Garbuttt, 47, from Los Angeles, last month pleaded no contest to a single count of felony voluntary manslaughter in the 2009 slaying of 31-year-old Raven Joy Campbell.

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On July 2, 2015, Campbell's body was removed from behind a wall at the home she shared with Garbutt in the 26800 block of Western Avenue in Lomita after neighbors complained of a foul smell.

Campbell, who had a son, had been missing since June 2009, reported The Daily Breeze.

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An autopsy determined that the woman, who was developmentally disabled, died of blunt force trauma to the head, and officials later said she was bludgeoned with a hammer.

Garbutt's ex-girlfriend and the mother of his child, Myesha Smith, testifying under immunity during a preliminary hearing, said the man told her he killed Campbell because 'God wanted her.'

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After wrapping Cmapbell’s body in a blanket and a sheet of plastic, he enlisted Smith’s help to entomb the victim in a makeshift grave he made by cutting a hole in a closet wall and digging under the floor.

Her whereabouts remained unknown until Campbell’s family received an anonymous tip...
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