A man accused of killing his live-in girlfriend and then dumping her nude body on a Tempe street has been sentenced to 16 years in prison.
Judge Robert Gottsfield sentenced Douglas Ray George in Maricopa County Superior Court on Friday on a charge of second-degree murder, according to court spokesman Vincent Funari.
Detectives arrested George for killing Annovedwin Begay and then dumping her body in the street in a neighborhood near Baseline Road and McClintock Drive before dawn on June 15, 2013.
Sgt. Mike Pooley of the Tempe Police Department said a person driving to work about 4:30 a.m. saw the body and called police.
Two weeks before Begay's murder, George was hired to work the day shift as a cook at Bogey's Bar.
Ozo Cabrera worked alongside him. Other than asking for money, George normally didn't say very much while he was on the clock, Cabrera said. But when his shift was over, it was a different story.
"He would always come in at night on something, either on some type of pill or drunk," Cabrera said.
George worked only 30 hours at the bar before he was let go for repeatedly calling in sick.
"He never once mentioned his girlfriend to us," Cabrera said. "He was always quiet, he kept to his own, but it was always just something different about him this guy just didn't seem right."
Cabrera said he often saw Begay at the bar, too.
"She would just sit out there and wait for him. She would act like she was going to order something but never would," Cabrera said.
According to police reports, George and Begay had been dating for about a year. On June 4, 2013 a clerk at a Tempe Circle K called police to report the couple fighting in the parking lot.
Begay told officers George slammed her head into a car door but she refused to press charges. Eleven days later, she was found dead.
Tempe police said a tip from a friend who recognized a sketch of the victim led police to George.
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