Update: Broadnax Pleads Not Guilty to Murder Charge in Death of Girlfriend

Deazjnae Banks, 19, who had been hospitalized at Scripps Mercy Hospital since July 10, was taken off of life-support Thursday night, and was pronounced dead at 9:33 p.m.

Update - 4:03 p.m. Friday

Roshawn Lamar Broadnax pleaded not guilty Friday to the charge of murder of his girlfriend, Deazjnae Banks.

(Editor's Note: Previous versions of this story described the victim as the defendant's wife. Authorities are now saying she was Broadnax's girlfriend.)

Broadnax was ordered held on $3 million bail.

During the defendant's arraignment Friday, Deputy District Attorney Danielle Hickman said Broadnax and Banks had been dating for about a year-and-a- half.

"What is very concerning about this case obviously is that it's a case of domestic violence," the prosecutor said outside court. "It's very tragic that we're here today because a young woman in our community has now died at the hands of someone she was in a relationship with."

Broadnax, who has a prior conviction for burglary, faces 30 years to life in prison if convicted. A readiness conference is scheduled July 19 and a preliminary hearing for July 26.


Update - 11:29 a.m. Friday

Roshawn Lamar Broadnax, 20, a former student, is now being charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Deazjnae Banks, 19. Banks, who had been hospitalized at Scripps Mercy Hospital since July 10, was taken off of life-support Thursday night, and was pronounced dead at 9:33 p.m.

Broadnax, will be arraigned Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the El Cajon Courthouse.

The sheriff's department has not released any additional information in this case.

Original story:

A woman was hospitalized in grave condition Wednesday as her 20-year-old boyfriend sat in jail on suspicion of attempted murder and spousal abuse following an incident in Spring Valley, authorities said.

Roshawn Lamar Broadnax was arrested after medics were called to tend to his wife in the 9500 block of Piedmont Street in Spring Valley around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, according to San Diego County sheriff's Lt. Larry Nesbit.

Broadnax is a Helix Charter High School alumnus, where he ran track for the Scotties in 2008, earning JV honor roll status for his performances in the 400 meters and triple jump as a sophomore.

Medics found Broadnax tending to his injured girlfriend, who was taken to an area hospital but is not expected to survive, the homicide lieutenant said in a statement. The nature of her injuries was not disclosed.

Broadnax was arrested and booked into San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of one count each of attempted murder and spousal abuse, Nesbit said. Broadnax is not eligible for release on bail. He is set to be arraigned on the charges at 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 13, at El Cajon Superior Court.

In January 2011, Broadnax was driving his father's Chevrolet Corvette in Spring Valley at about 80 mph on a residential road, when . He and another passenger were injured in the crash.

—City News Service contributed to this story.

Livi July 12, 2012 at 03:50 PM
I agree, I seen the video and I really was scared to see it thinking OMG what kinda of video did this guy post, and IS A VIDEO OF THE PRESIDENT... OK why are all so angry at a video, we live in a world were racism still lives. relax is just a video.. Barrack is not that ugly ha ha
Debra Nesby July 12, 2012 at 04:16 PM
My prayers go out to the young ladies family truly sad
Komfort July 12, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Deena, I appreciate the kind words. I posted a thought provoking video that should have had a much different effect. "Racism" charges have become the first line of defense for the ignorant.
Lamesn619 July 12, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Although i appreciate the post Komfort What effect should the video have? Prayers for both family's
Kevin George July 12, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Michelle, are you like Cher or Sting, to be identified by one name? Why didn't you flag it and see if the moderator thought it was racist? Also why do you wish Komfort had an address attached? What would you do if you had it?
michelle July 12, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Sdsu 2013 I have known him since he was a kid the compassion and love the people on this article has left sickens my stomach and I flagged it the post...Barack Obama has nothing to do with this.... However our community, christians and the families involved should pray without ceasing stand up and fight for what would make a difference. It takes a village to raise a child literally!!!!!
Kevin George July 12, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Did you know his late wife?
serena July 12, 2012 at 11:47 PM
I know the girl who he killed. Its sad that a man can do to this to someone a young woman. She was the sweetest person ever.. She will be missed. rip baby girl.
Kevin George July 13, 2012 at 12:06 AM
serena, the person that deserves compassion in this mess has been left out of this conversation until now, thanks.
CB Featherston III July 13, 2012 at 12:11 AM
I knew his late wife. She was a former student of mine.
Komfort July 13, 2012 at 12:57 AM
"RIP?", "Late Wife??", "killed???" Has her death been reported? I will pray that she recovers.
CB Featherston III July 13, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Well I'm Facebook friends with her family and on my newsfeed everyone has RIP
cscilla wilson July 13, 2012 at 02:45 PM
We all need to lift both families up in prayer.
Komfort July 13, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Shamefully your friends pronounced you dead several days ago. Rest in peace Deazjnae Banks.
Dave Daniels July 14, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Michelle, you keep writing that you know this man. So what is your opinion of him? Do you know the young ladys family too?
Dave Daniels July 14, 2012 at 04:50 PM
How come it feels as though people forgot about the victim,( the young lady) and her family. Seems like Roshawn is the victim know. Why? Why does it always seem to be about race. The important thing is that a young lady lost her life because someone took her life. BY taking her life they deprived a family, father, mother, sister, cousin, ant, grandparens of ever seeing her again in this world. That person deserves to be in jail. IF Roshawn is guilty of this than he deserved to be where he is at. I will pray for him, may the Lord forgive him. But if he is guilty, then he asked for this. He casued this to himself, his family and hurt the young ladys family. NOmatter what he does he can never give them back what he took from them.
elizabeth July 14, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Thank you, Debra...We all are suffering from losing our baby girl, she was a sweet person, who hooked up with the wrong guy...I am very worried for her mom & her younger brothers.. I also have sorrow that his family has also lost their Son, but they will still be able to physically touch him... I was with Dee Dee in the hospital the day she passed, no movement, no life, wires n tubes connected to her....NO ONE SHOULD GO THROUGH THAT!!! AND THATS THE LAST VISION HER MOTHER & FAMILY WILL HAVE OF THIS ANGEL!!! If you r not going to leave positive remarks, please dont post anymore..thank you.
elizabeth July 14, 2012 at 07:42 PM
she wasnt married to this guy...
elizabeth July 14, 2012 at 07:44 PM
@ Komfort, u should find out the whole story before you post this stuff...=( so sad
LoveLife July 14, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Point Blank!!! My heart goes out to Dee Dee all I have is memories from when she was a little girl just as sweet as she can be. And her life was ended by a COWARD!!!!!!!! No one deserves to go out like this. I dont feel bad for Roshawn's family at all!! They should feel ashamed that there son whould do such thing. It make me wonder how was that COWARD raised, was he abused, was his father abusive??? But guess what it doesnt matter beacuse nothing will bring Dee Dee back. I hope that COWARD gets life and burns in HELL!!! I wish this on noone but a COWARD. Stop the non sense comments and have respect for this fallen angel!!! I love you Dee Dee and Im sorry i havent seen you in so long family!!!
Amber Jensen July 16, 2012 at 04:15 PM
I dont think Komfort was being racist ,,,hes just wondering why treyvon was such a big deal, but this situation is not....and if im correct about what komfort was trying to get across, I agree, why isnt this a huge deal. and as a white person, it is insulting and embarassing to scroll down and see all of my fellow whites being extremely racist! komfort has an intelligent point, and u guys r just racist arrogants.
Amber Jensen July 16, 2012 at 04:18 PM
ya maxwell seems like a total imature adult, sad because im a 20 year old white women and im more aware, compassionate and intelligent then you maxwell, and all you other rasist white people on here, you are embarassing the rest of us! pray for this poor girl that got murdered or get off this site.
Amber Jensen July 16, 2012 at 04:19 PM
thank you, komfort didnt doooo annyyyttthhhiinngg ,just arogant people quick to yell at him and insult him.
Cynthia July 20, 2012 at 06:55 AM
He had a beautiful mom who passed in Oct 2009 so it had nothing to do with his upbringing! My hubby was his ex coach so I know what I'm talking about...regardless Dee Dee still didn't deserve this! RIP baby girl!!!
Paul July 22, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Love Life, I am thankful you didnt post under your real name because you must not love life disrespecting like that!
jamieee July 24, 2012 at 05:03 PM
This is a serious issue and it just goes to show that you don't know what people are facing at home or in their personal lives No one has it easy at all & the sad part is that she is a young girl I hope people learn from this and take it serious
Jackie Highbaugh July 25, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Both of these children have sat in my home. I think this is a tragic for both families. To my friend Donald Banks the father of lil DeeDee pray cause only God can help this pain. Keep your head up!!! And yes this was a surprise to everyone!!!
Ber August 15, 2012 at 03:35 PM
What a tragedy! When life is taken it not only affects that person but the ones that love them. I met this young woman's little cousin at the store yesterday and it broke my heart to hear him tell the tale of her death. My heart goes out to this family for there loss! @ Paul - she was beaten so badly her eyes came out of the sockets, I think her family and friends have every just reason to vent!
Chareese Appleberry August 23, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Dee dee was my Sis, and I dont appreciate all these negative comments on here. Shes no longer here to defend herself so you people need to find a hobby. Ive known her since I was ten years old. She didnt deserve what happened to her, no woman would deserve that. And people are taking it as a game while her friends and family are devastated. Rip Big Sissy, you are truly missed.
Towanny Harris September 10, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Wow! Was she the young lady who was stabbed to death?


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