Two Fort Irwin soldiers ordered held in Barstow woman’s death

Two U.S. Army soldiers were ordered Monday held over for trial in the death of 29-year-old Sandi Lee Duncan, a former soldier.

Melvin Lee Satcher and Phillip Ryan Franke appeared for a preliminary hearing in Victorville Superior Court, where a judge heard witness testimony and determined that sufficient evidence existed to hold over the two men for trial on murder charges in Duncan’s death.

Satcher, 23, and Franke, 22, return to court Feb. 3 to enter a formal plea on the charges, according to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department detectives say the men killed Duncan, of Barstow, on Sept. 21 and dumped her body at the corner of Stoddard Wells Road and Dale Evans Parkway in Apple Valley.

Duncan and Satcher were both stationed together at Fort Irwin Military Reservation and attended classes at Barstow Community College.

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