A former Marine corporal in California has pleaded guilty to the grisly 2012 murder of his gay Army reservist lover, drawing closure to a case that has been open since 2013.
28-year-old Kevin Albert Richard Coset pleaded guilty to the murder of 24-year-old Alvin Bulaoro, a former sailor and Army reservist whose sleeping bag-shrouded body was found two weeks after he was reported missing, having been stabbed 44 times and shot twice in the head.
Coset had previously been involved in a sexual relationship with Bularoro, who was reportedly planning to meet up with someone for a tryst with another man.
At the time of the murder, Coset was a Lance Corporal based at Camp Pendleton, who effectively confessed to the murder in his diary.
“My name is Kevin Coset,” he wrote. “I am 23 years old and currently serving in Marine Corps. Over the past few years, my life has been heading in a strange direction. Tonight I had to kill for the third time. It was a guy named Alvin Bulaoro out of Fallbrook.”
The firearm used in the murder was found inside his barracks, where he was arrested in February of 2013.
Coset’s other journal entries included claims that an organization had allegedly plotted against him, entered his mind and stole his intelligence. He was found to be mentally defective and was sent to state mental health facilities for treatment.
Prior to the murder, Coset had been using pre-paid cell phones, which, thanks to surveillance footage, linked him to a hotel where DNA evidence and blood was found.
According to Fox 5 San Diego, Coset defended himself in the trial, arranging a plea deal with the judge. He is currently back in jail and awaiting sentencing.
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