Former Moorpark Planner Suspected in Simi Valley Murder had a Criminal Past

The man accused of killing an old girlfriend in Simi Valley last week apparently was accused of killing a different girlfriend back in 1982.

Former Moorpark city planner Paul Porter, who suffered a fatal heart attack after allegedly killing an old girlfriend in Simi Valley last week, was accused of trying to kill a different girlfriend in 1982, according to news reports uncovered by the Ventura County Star.

According to The Star, Porter was working as a planner for Ventura County when he attacked Patricia Jacobson, another county employee and his girlfriend at the time.

Porter eventually pleaded no contest to assault with a deadly weapon and received some jail time and probation.

Simi Valley police believe Porter, 66, of Scottsdale, Ariz., beat and fatally stabbed retired teacher Janice Somple, 65, on May 31 in her Simi Valley home.

He suffered a heart attack and crashed his truck as he was fleeing the scene. He later died at a hospital, according to authorities.

Police said Porter and Somple dated more than 15 years ago but seemed to have parted ways amicably.

Officials are not commenting about a possible motive in the Somple slaying.

Porter worked as a planner for the city of Moorpark, from 1989 to 2005.

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