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* Novato Police Arrest James Mitchell Porn Kings Son For Danielle Keller Murder

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Novato police have identified 29-year-old Danielle Keller as the woman who was beaten to death at her home Sunday, allegedly by her estranged boyfriend who then took the couple’s 1-year-old daughter and fled.James Raphael Whitty Mitchell, 27, of Pittsburg, was arrested late Sunday and is being held under no bail in the Marin County jail. He was taken into custody on Park Oaks Drive in Citrus Heights at 11:59 p.m., according to the Marin County jail booking log.The girl, Samantha Mitchell, whose first birthday was Sunday, was recovered unharmed. She was turned over to Child Protective Services in Sacramento County, Novato police said. Novato police Capt. Jim Berg said Citrus Heights police spotted Mitchell’s silver four-door 2007 Honda Civic after an Amber Alert was issued. Mitchell was located near the Honda and arrested, and the girl was found inside the car, Berg said.Mitchell was arrested for murder, stealing a child, inflicting injury on a spouse, and violating a temporary restraining order. He was booked into the jail at 4:45 a.m. today and is expected to be arraigned Tuesday.Keller’s body was found in the backyard of the home she shared with her mother, Berg said. Berg said she died of blunt force trauma and an autopsy is scheduled for this afternoon. Police went to Keller’s home in Diablo Court in Novato around 7 p.m. after they received a neighbor’s call about an assault. Berg said police arrived within three minutes. There had been at least one call to police prior to Sunday regarding domestic violence at the home, and there was a restraining order  against Mitchell in both Novato and San Francisco, Berg said. Mitchell is listed as a theater owner in the jail booking log. He is the son of adult filmmaker and San Francisco theater owner Jim Mitchell, who died two years ago in Sonoma County. Jim Mitchell was convicted of fatally shooting his brother and business partner Artie Mitchell in Corte Madera in 1991.

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