A Long Beach man has been extradited to Orange County from Nevada in relation to a fatal stabbing that took place in Sunset Beach more than two decades ago.
Paul Gentile Smith, 49, is charged with one felony count of murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted.
Smith is accused of murdering Robert Haugen, 29, in Haugen’s Sunset Beach apartment on Oct. 24, 1988. According to the Orange County district attorney’s office, which identifies Haugen as a marijuana dealer and a high school friend of Smith, the victim was stabbed multiple times and left on the bed, after which the attacker set the apartment on fire to destroy evidence and fled the scene.