Updated 6 p.m., Oct. 28:
James Grzeslo, 54, pleaded not guilty Friday afternoon in Beverly Hills Superior Court in connection with the slaying of 58-year-old Cathy Carrasco-Zanini. Grzeslo’s bail remains $1 million. A date for a preliminary hearing is expected to be set on Dec. 1.
A 54-year-old man was charged with one count of murder Friday for allegedly killing his girlfriend with a knife at her Beverly Hills apartment.
James Duane Grzeslo of Los Angeles is scheduled to be arraigned at the on Friday afternoon in connection with the slaying of Cathy Carrasco-Zanini, 58.
Beverly Hills police discovered the body of Carrasco-Zanini in a home on the 100 block of North Hamilton Drive at 1:48 p.m. Wednesday. The victim was found by officers who were at the residence.
A preliminary investigation by police revealed that Carrasco-Zanini likely knew the suspect. Grzeslo was soon detained at a nearby office building. The criminal complaint alleges that he personally used a knife in the commission of the crime.
Grzeslo’s bail has been . He was booked Wednesday into the Beverly Hills Jail and faces life in prison if convicted of the crime. No other suspects are being sought.
"The public is safe at this time," Beverly Hills Police Department Lt. Lincoln Hoshino told Patch. "We do have the suspect we believe committed the crime in custody."
This is the first reported slaying in Beverly Hills since the of publicist on Nov. 16, 2010.