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Honest Mistake or Grand Theft of Casino Winnings?

Jul 2, 2015
Honest Mistake or Grand Theft of Casino Winnings?

by Jackie Snyder Closing arguments took place on the morning of July 1, 2015 in the case against Dorothy Dacosta.  The trial began Monday and only lasted a few short days.  Once the trial was placed in the jury’s hands, July 1, 2015, a guilty verdict was reached in less than two hours. The...

Malik Acquitted of Attempted Murder; Guilty of Assault

Jun 16, 2015
Malik Acquitted of Attempted Murder; Guilty of Assault

by Jackie Snyder People v. Adam Malik concluded Thursday, June 11, 2015, as both the prosecution and defense rested. Only a few short days later, on June 15, 2015, the jury returned their verdict – not guilty of the charge of attempted murder. The jury did, however, convict Malik of the two lesser charges,...

Evidence Portion of Attempted Murder Trial Concludes

Jun 10, 2015
Evidence Portion of Attempted Murder Trial Concludes

by Jackie Snyder Witness testimony resumed on the morning of June 9, 2015, in People v Adam Malik. Among the witnesses called were Dr. Bernard, who met with the defendant regarding post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the defendant’s mother, who testified earlier in the trial. Dr. Bernard testified that the Defendant was diagnosed...

Attempted Murder Trial in Yolo County

Jun 8, 2015
Attempted Murder Trial in Yolo County

By Tiffany Yeh and Lauren King Before trial started today, DA McCue argued that hearsay for Malik’s parents to testify. Judge stated that it was for the jurors to decide trustworthiness and for state of mind purposes about post-war mental state. Mr. Malik requested not to be there when his parents testified. Request granted...

Robbery Trial Continues

Jun 4, 2015
Robbery Trial Continues

By Jackie Snyder and Tifffany Yeh People v Eugene Lemasters resumed on the morning of June 3, 2015. Deputy District attorney Kyle Hasapes continued calling witnesses to the stand to testify as to their involvement in the February 21, 2015 robbery at Bank of America in Davis. The first witness called to testify was...

Juror Arrested For Threatening to Kill Another Juror During Robbery Trial

Jun 3, 2015
Juror Arrested For Threatening to Kill Another Juror During Robbery Trial

By Jackie Snyder and Lauren King June 2, 2015, marked the second day of the Eugene Lemasters trial. There were several issues with the jurors. Before the witnesses (below) were called to testify, Judge David Reed had to call an early recess. Juror #6 wrote on her notepad, “I Will Kill You” with an...

Co-Defendants Face Charges of Marijuana for Sale, Possession of Weapons

Jun 3, 2015
Co-Defendants Face Charges of Marijuana for Sale, Possession of Weapons

by Antoinnette Borbon Taking the stand to testify about the arrest of co-defendants, after service of a search warrant, was Agent Ryan Bellamy of the SAFE (Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement) Team in Davis. Bellamy, who has also worked as a YONET (Yolo County Narcotics Enforcement Team) agent, has assisted in several undercover operations. Agent...

Man on Trial for Davis Robbery, High Speed Chase

Jun 2, 2015
Man on Trial for Davis Robbery, High Speed Chase

By Tiffany Yeh Defendant Eugene Lemasters is charged with felony second degree robbery at Bank of America, attempted second degree robbery at Wells Fargo, violation of 459 penal code (burglary) at Wells Fargo, evasion of police officers, and evasion by way of driving in the opposite direction on the highway. DDA Hasapes made a...

Jury Hangs 8-4 For Acquittal in UC Davis Sexual Assault Case

May 21, 2015

by Tiffany Yeh, Makisha Singh, and Lauren King The jury foreperson (juror #2) told the judge that the jury had reached a sort of deadlock. She stated that several jury members seemed very firm in their decision. The judge asked each jury member if they thought there was a reasonable probability of arriving at...

Prosecution Resumes Sexual Assault Case Against Lang Her

May 16, 2015
Prosecution Resumes Sexual Assault Case Against Lang Her

By Tiffany Yeh Another witness for the prosecution testified today. She was doubtful about certain words in the report that the nurse practitioner wrote after YX’s exam, specifically the words “forceful anal penetration.” She disagreed with the wording. She described that part of the findings as “not typical” and said that she felt like...

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