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Trial Begins in Davis Elder-Abuse/ Murder Trial

Apr 10, 2014
Trial Begins in Davis Elder-Abuse/ Murder Trial

By Marya Alloo James Mattos along with his mother Darlene were charged in June 2013 with causing the death of an elderly man, Cecil Wachholtz, who was under their care. The Yolo County Sheriff’s Department launched an investigation of a suspected elder-abuse case on Oct. 13, 2012, after James Mattos phoned 911 to report...

Commentary: Jurors Tainted With Fear And Intimidation By DDA And Gang Task Force, Mistrial Declared

Nov 24, 2013
Commentary: Jurors Tainted With Fear And Intimidation By DDA And Gang Task Force, Mistrial Declared

by Antoinnette Borbon After nearly three days of deliberation in the multi-defendant case, jurors told Judge David Rosenberg they could not reach a decision. The jury foreman was asked by Rosenberg whether, if they had more time to deliberate, they ...

Jury Misconduct Leads to Possible New Trial For Convicted Sex Offender

Nov 23, 2013
Jury Misconduct Leads to Possible New Trial For Convicted Sex Offender

yolo_county_courthouseBy Kaiti Curry

Kevin Ellis, whom was found guilty of molesting two young boys and failing to register as a sex offender in October, may be in luck.  The 55 year old man could have been sentenced to multiple life imprisonment sentences by Judge Mock on November 22 but instead the...

Alleged Victims in Multi-Defendant Case Change Story More Times than One

Nov 19, 2013
Alleged Victims in Multi-Defendant Case Change Story More Times than One

by Antoinnette Borbon The multi-defendant trial involving four young men in what is being said by Gang Task Force, to be a Gang related crime has taken on more challenging testimony by alleged victim Scott Nichols and girlfriend Don Beatty this past w...

Multi-Defendant Alleged Gang Case Continued

Nov 15, 2013
Multi-Defendant Alleged Gang Case Continued

by Catherine McKnight The further jury trial resumed on Thursday morning in the multi-defendant case involving an alleged attack at the 7-11 in Woodland and robbery. Deputy District Attorney Robin Johnson presented her first witness in the case, the ...

Opening Statements Heard in Multi-defendant Alleged Gang Activity Case

Nov 14, 2013
Opening Statements Heard in Multi-defendant Alleged Gang Activity Case

gang-stock-picBy Antoinnette Borbon and Catherine McKnight

Gang Task Force And Police, May Have Chosen The Wrong Kids This Time - In what was proposed to be a short jury selection yesterday for the trial of four young men accused of second degree robbery and assault with great bodily injury, along with...

Trial Opens in Fatal Hit and Run Case

Nov 14, 2013
Trial Opens in Fatal Hit and Run Case

hitandrunaxby Antoinette Borbon and Sanam  Monjazeb

Editor's note: For background, here's the coverage of the preliminary hearing

The Kristal Sutton trial commenced today, November 13, 2013, with three witnesses testifying. 28-year-old Sutton is being convicted for a felony hit and run on June 13, 2013, as she allegedly ran over...

Special Circumstance Torture Enhancement Upheld in People v. Marsh

Nov 2, 2013
Special Circumstance Torture Enhancement Upheld in People v. Marsh

By Kaiti Curry The courtroom was packed as friends and family of the victims and the defendant anxiously watched the next proceedings of People v. Marsh. The defendant, sixteen year old Daniel Marsh, faces two counts of first degree murder with the u...

Gang Related Crimes Hit Sonoma County Too

Oct 30, 2013
Gang Related Crimes Hit Sonoma County Too

by Antoinnette Borbon   Santa Rosa is no stranger to gang related crimes. As I sat thru what will be yet another gang related trials jury selection, it was nothing I have not heard before. It was merely a different location. Having covered a few pr...

Motion to Suppress Blood Extraction Results Denied

Oct 21, 2013
Motion to Suppress Blood Extraction Results Denied

By Jeffrey Briggs During the pre-trial hearing the judge granted Public Defender Dan Hutchinson's motion to suppress the blood extraction results taken from Ms. Cardinas and denied the second motion filed by Defense attorney Mr. Cartun to suppress th...



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