Man accused of killing woman, dumping body in Scripps Ranch in 1990 held without bail

A San Diego man accused of killing a woman and dumping her body in Scripps Ranch 33 years ago pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a sole count of murder. Randall Eugene Oyler faces up to 25 years to life if convicted in the death of Margaret Jackson, whose body was found July 11, 1990, on a steep embankment in a eucalyptus grove near what is now Scripps Ranch High School. San Diego Superior Court Judge Theodore Weathers ordered Wednesday that Oyler, 62, remain jailed without bail.

Jackson had a yellow nylon rope around her neck when she was found. She apparently had been strangled and beaten to death, authorities said at the time. Although her case was investigated by a special task force looking into the slayings of nearly four dozen women in less than a decade in San Diego, it went cold. San Diego police reopened the case last year. Last week, they arrested Oyler.

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