ORINDA -- Prosecutors say James Collin will face a murder charge in July for allegedly killing his longtime girlfriend Tuesday with a machete.
Collin, 62, is being held on $1 million bail at the Martinez County Jail. He was in court Thursday but did not enter a plea.
He has been assigned to be represented by the county public defender, but as of Friday had not yet been appointed an attorney. His next court appearance is scheduled for July 9.
Investigators offered little new information about the crime Friday.
On Tuesday about 12:18 p.m., Collin went to a neighbor's house, asking them to call 911, officials said. Police found the body of Evangeline Devera, 56, found in the kitchen of the home she shared with Collin, on the 600 block of Moraga Way.
The cause of death was "blunt force and sharp force injury to the head," according to the Contra Costa Coroner's Office.
Collin has "a history of domestic violence," Orinda police Chief Jeff Jennings said Tuesday. The suspect, who was "lucid and calm" when taken into custody, had made statements that he had killed the woman, Jennings said.
Collin "had stuff on him that looked like he was in a tussle" when he was arrested, Jennings said Tuesday. Jennings confirmed that the couple had been in a fight before the slaying.
Contact Sean Maher at 925-943-8013 and Daniel Jimenez at 510-262-2728.