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OC Man Guilty of Murder, Body Found in SB
updated: Apr 16, 2014, 12:15 PM
Source: Orange County District Attorney
MAN CONVICTED OF MURDERING UNCLE IN LA PALMA BEFORE DUMPING AND BURNING BODY IN SANTA
SANTA ANA - A man was convicted [April 14th] of murdering his uncle and dumping the victim's body in a
remote area of Santa Barbara County after setting it on fire in an attempt to destroy the evidence. Kirk
Michael Galvin, 25, La Palma, pleaded guilty today to one felony count of second degree murder. He faces
a maximum sentence of 15 years to life in state prison at his sentencing May 23, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. in
Department C-45, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
On July 27, 2011, Kirk Galvin murdered his 53-year-old uncle Douglas Galvin. He committed the murder in
his father's La Palma apartment while his father was out of town. Kirk Galvin drove the victim's murdered
body to Santa Barbara County, dumped it in a remote area, and attempted to destroy the body by setting it
on fire. He then fled the scene.
On July 30, 2011, two people found Douglas Galvin's burned body while out on a walk and contacted the
police. Following an investigation by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department and La Palma Police
Department, Kirk Galvin was arrested Aug. 5, 2011.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Susan Price of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.
July 31, 2011: Roger Code Red- Homicide Investigation
August 2, 2011: SBSO Release-Suspicious Death
August 8, 2011: Police Arrest Homicide
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