Man, 20, Arrested for Pine Valley Homicide

Douglas Kell, 20, is accused of killing Donnie Chip, 28, who was found stabbed to death on Valley View Trail on Jan. 21

Authorities have identified a man found dead in the yard of a Pine Valley home earlier this week.

With an autopsy completed, the San Diego County Medical Examiner's (ME) office said Donnie Chip, 28, died from a stab wound to the chest.

On Thursday, just before 5:30 p.m., the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department (SDSO) said deputies were called to the 8000 block of Valley View Trail after a neighbor reported hearing loud noises and some sort of altercation coming from a nearby home.

When deputies arrived in the area, they discovered the lifeless body of a man, Chip, lying in the yard of a home. Chip had suffered obvious signs of trauma to his torso, investigators said.

His injuries led deputies to believe his death was a homicide, and deputies with the Sheriff’s Homicide Detail were called to take over the case.

A short time later, investigators arrested Pine Valley resident Douglas Kell, 20, in connection with the killing. He was booked into San Diego Central Jail and is facing one count of first-degree murder. Kell is slated to appear in court on Tuesday.

No further details were immediately released.

The case is under investigation. Anyone with information is urged to call the SDSO Homicide Detail at (858) 974-2321 or (858) 565-5200. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 and may remain anonymous when providing information.

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