Before he saw combat in Iraq, John Wylie Needham was a tall, mellow surfer and house painter from San Clemente. He came home with shrapnel wounds, depression and major symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and on Sept. 1 2008, he allegedly beat his young girlfriend to death during an argument. When Sheriff's deputies reached the scene, Needham answered the door stark naked. He could provide no explanation for what he'd done.
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