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Judge Reduces Theft of $10.62 in Groceries to Misdemeanor

Aug 29, 2014
Judge Reduces Theft of $10.62 in Groceries to Misdemeanor

by Saghi Nojoomi Judge Rosenberg of the Yolo County Superior Court granted the defense’s Motion, allowing the court to scale down the defendant’s felony conviction into a misdemeanor. Defendant Michael Stanley is accused of felony theft of $10.62 of Food for Less grocery items. While the District Attorney urged that the defendant’s past thefts...

Marsh Trial Begins; Alleged Gang Members Face Life in Just Concluded Prelim

Aug 26, 2014
Marsh Trial Begins; Alleged Gang Members Face Life in Just Concluded Prelim

Jury selection in Marsh case begins by Antoinnette Borbon The courtroom was packed Monday morning, leaving virtually nothing but standing room for many who await to see if they will be picked for the jurors in the case against young Daniel Marsh. Daniel Marsh is accused of taking the lives of two elderly couple...

Prosecution and Defense Attorney Object During Intense Cross Examination

Aug 19, 2014
Prosecution and Defense Attorney Object During Intense Cross Examination

By Saghi Nojoomi Deputy District Attorney Ryan Couzens and Defense Attorney Rodney Beede continuously objected to “badgering” questions by Defense Attorneys Dean Robert Johansson and James Granucci during cross examination of an in-custody witness. Defendants Anthony Simonetta and Joaquin Galvan face human trafficking charges and are currently being held in-custody. On Monday, both defendants...

Defense Cries Foul At Prosecution’s Refreshment of Victim’s Recollections

Aug 18, 2014
Defense Cries Foul At Prosecution’s Refreshment of Victim’s Recollections

by Saghi Nojoomi and Katie Wu Defense attorney Richard Dudek objected to Deputy District Attorney Deanna Hayes’s method of refreshing a victim’s recollection with police reports in a domestic violence preliminary hearing on Friday. The preliminary hearing for People v. Michael Donnahoe concluded on Friday with a predetermined August 29 arraignment date. Defendant Michael...

Facebook Page and Gage Expert Impact Closing in Craigslist Robbery Case

Aug 15, 2014
Facebook Page and Gage Expert Impact Closing in Craigslist Robbery Case

by Antoinnette Borbon After two days of testimony heard by Detective Joe Perez, who was the state’s main gang expert, the time came to hear the closing arguments. Prosecutor Ryan Couzens would begin by explaining the intricate details of each charge and show the jurors a way to determine verdicts by using what he...

Key Witnesses Testify in Craigslist Gang Case

Aug 14, 2014
Key Witnesses Testify in Craigslist Gang Case

By Patrick Shum On August 13, 2014, the case of People v. Orozco continued with three police officers and two victims testifying about the defendant’s alleged theft. The defendant, Eduardo Orozco, is currently accused of being a gang member who stole several electronic devices, posing as a prospective buyer while answering ads on Craigslist...

Motion to Reduce to a Misdemeanor Denied

Aug 8, 2014
Motion to Reduce to a Misdemeanor Denied

by Silvia Ramos Medina On the afternoon of August 7, 2014, with Judge Rosenberg presiding, the preliminary hearing for Jesse Trillo took place. Deputy District Attorney Ryan Couzens and Deputy Public Defender Daniel Hutchinson were the counsel present in this matter. Defendant Jesse Trillo is being charged with a felony violation of Vehicle Code...

Continuance Granted in Yolo County Murder Case; Denied in Hit and Run

Aug 2, 2014
Continuance Granted in Yolo County Murder Case; Denied in Hit and Run

Judge Grants Defense’s Motion for Continuance in Winters’s Homicide Case by Saghi Nojoomi A motion for continuance set forth by the defense was granted this morning in the Winters’s homicide trial involving William C. Gardner III. Accused of the November 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Leslie Pinkston, William C. Gardner III faces murder and...

Parolee at Large Found and Held to Answer to Four Counts

Aug 2, 2014
Parolee at Large Found and Held to Answer to Four Counts

by Silvia Ramos Medina Nearing the end of day on July 31, 2014, defendant David Cordero sat in custody awaiting his preliminary hearing. Deputy Public Defender Dean Johansson represents Mr. Cordero. The defendant is charged with four counts: Count one- transportation of drugs, Count Two-11379, Count three-possession, and Count four-evading police officer with enhancement...

Jury Sent to Deliberate in Meth Trial

Jul 30, 2014
Jury Sent to Deliberate in Meth Trial

by Justine Joya and Silvia Ramos Medina Trial for Defendant Patricio Rosas Jr. proceeded Wednesday morning with Deputy Sheriff Charles Hoyt still on the stand, and concluded later in the afternoon with the jury deliberating. On February 25, 2014, the defendant was pulled over for a vehicle violation.  Deputy Sheriff Hoyt discovered 0.21 g...

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