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January 13, 2014

U.S. Departments of Justice and Commerce Name Experts to First-ever National Commission on Forensic Science

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:21 am

The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced appointments to a newly created National Commission on Forensic Science.

Members of the commission will work to improve the practice of forensic science by developing guidance concerning the intersections between forensic science and the criminal justice system.  The commission also will work to develop policy recommendations for the U.S. Attorney General, including uniform codes for professional responsibility and requirements for formal training and certification.

The commission is co-chaired by Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole and Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director Patrick D. Gallagher.  Nelson Santos, deputy assistant administrator for the Office of Forensic Sciences at the Drug Enforcement Administration, and John M. Butler, special assistant to the NIST director for forensic science, serve as vice-chairs.

“I appreciate the commitment each of the commissioners has made and look forward to working with them to strengthen the validity and reliability of the forensic sciences and enhance quality assurance and quality control,” said Deputy Attorney General Cole.  “Scientifically valid and accurate forensic analysis supports all aspects of our justice system.”



Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:15 am

January 13, 2014


SANTA ANA – A man has been charged with pimping a 26-year-old woman he met on an online dating website. Everett Arnold Walker, 24, Las Vegas, is charged with one felony count each of pimping and pandering and faces a maximum sentence of six years in state prison if convicted. Walker is being held on $250,000 bail and is expected to be arraigned today, Friday, January 10, 2014, in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.

Circumstances of the Case

Walker is accused of being a pimp who exploits women and/or children for financial gain. Pimps often establish rigid rules that their victims are expected to follow and victims are required to turn over all payment they receive for sex acts from sex purchasers to their pimp.

Walker is accused of meeting 26-year-old Jane Doe on a dating website and meeting her in person for the first time on or about Oct. 1, 2013. The defendant is accused of convincing Jane Doe to work for him as a prostitute and subsequently posting advertisements on a website known for prostitution offering sex acts with the victim.

Walker is accused of taking all of the money Jane Doe was paid for sex acts and not allowing her to keep any of the money. He is accused of pimping her in both Orange County and Las Vegas by flying her back and forth and arranging prostitution encounters in both areas.

On Jan. 8, 2014, the Anaheim Police Department (APD) contacted Jane Doe and determined that she was the victim of pimping by the defendant. (more…)

January 10, 2014

Federal Authorities Seek Help Identifying Two in Child Sexual Exploitation Case with Photos Likely Taken in Los Angeles Area

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:34 am

LOS ANGELES – Seeking leads in an unsolved child sexual exploitation case, federal authorities today announced the filing of a federal criminal complaint against two individuals – known only as “John Doe” and “Jane Doe” – who are charged with producing child pornography.

In relation to the filing of the case against the unidentified man and woman, authorities today released photographs connected to the investigation, which has determined that the child pornography images were likely produced in the Los Angeles area. Authorities hope the photos will prompt members of the public to provide information that will lead to arrests in this case.

The criminal complaint, which was filed Monday, involves a widely circulated series of child pornography images which authorities believe were taken about 11 years ago in the San Fernando Valley. Despite their investigative efforts, special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) have been unable to determine the identities of the defendants. While the girl being sexually abused in the images is now likely an adult, authorities continue to pursue the case for several reasons, including bringing the defendants to justice and preventing the abuse of additional victims.

“We need the public’s help in identifying the man and woman responsible for molesting this young girl, whose victimization has continued with the trading of these images by those who collect child pornography,” said United States Attorney André Birotte Jr. “The Justice Department is deeply committed to protecting all of our children by investigating and prosecuting these types of child exploitation crimes.”



Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:30 am

FULLERTON – A man who was resisting arrest faces trial today for the attempted murder of a police officer by assaulting him with a knife. Carlos Alberto Leon, 30, Tustin, is charged with one felony count of attempted murder of a peace officer, one felony count of mayhem, one felony count of aggravated assault on a peace officer, and two felony counts of deterring an executive officer, with sentencing enhancements for causing great bodily injury and the personal use of a deadly weapon. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life with the possibility of parole in state prison. Opening statements are expected to begin this morning, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, in Department N-13, North Justice Center, Fullerton.

On the night of April 12, 2012, Leon’s brother arrived at their Tustin residence and Leon is accused of becoming confrontational and threatening to kill his brother. Leon’s brother called the Tustin Police Department (TPD) to report the threat.

TPD Officers Nguyen and Rogue arrived at the residence and spoke with the brother in an outside guest parking area. From outside the home, the officers could hear yelling inside the residence and feared that someone inside was in danger and needed assistance. When the officers entered the home to render aid, Leon is accused of becoming confrontational with the officers, resisting, and being uncooperative while holding a fishing pole.

The officers struggled with Leon and deployed a Taser, but Leon is accused of not responding and instead grabbing Officer Nguyen’s knife. He is accused of threatening to kill the officers and slashing Officer Nguyen’s face, neck, and arm.


Life Sentence for Gang Member who Killed Two, Attempted to Kill 12 More

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:27 am

A gang member convicted of the first-degree murders of two young men and the attempted murders of 12 others was sentenced today to spend the remainder of his life in state prison, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Andrew Cooper said Jose Zapien, 25, a member of the criminal street gang Sotel 13, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole plus 95 years to life.

“An individual who completely lacks any reverence for human life was removed from the streets forever today,” said Cooper, who co-prosecuted the case with Deputy District Attorney Angie Christides.

Zapien was involved in five separate incidents in the City of Santa Monica between Sept. 28, 2004, and Dec. 27, 2006, including the murders of Eddie Lopez, 15, and Miguel Martin, 20.

Over the course of more than two years, Zapien targeted victims in the territory of his rival gang, Santa Monica 13, who were in the company of at least one rival gang associate, the prosecutor said.

Deputy District Attorney Cooper said Zapien stole the lives of two young men and placed the entire public at risk when he opened fire and attempted to kill twelve others.


January 9, 2014

Teen Charged with Murder and Series of Convenience Store Robberies

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:26 am

A 19-year-old Compton man on probation for two prior convictions is due to be arraigned on Jan. 21 on charges he fatally shot a convenience store clerk last month and committed a series of additional armed robberies in December and January, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Rasheen Childs (dob 5-30-94) is charged in case BA419941 with one count of special circumstance murder during a robbery, 11 counts of second degree robbery, one count of attempted second degree robbery, one count of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of false imprisonment by violence.

The complaint also includes allegations that Childs personally and intentionally discharged a firearm, a handgun, and personally used a handgun during the robberies.

Childs and a second suspect allegedly entered a convenience store in the 6100 block of North Figueroa Street about 10:25 p.m. on Dec. 22, 2013, and posed as customers. Childs then allegedly approached employee Gonzalo Garcia, and pointed a handgun at him. As Garcia started to run away, Childs allegedly shot the clerk one time and fled the store along with the second suspect. Garcia was taken to a hospital, where he later died.


Man Arraigned in Alleged DUI Crash That Killed Girlfriend

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:23 am

A Van Nuys man, accused of driving under the influence, was arraigned today in connection with his girlfriend’s death in a traffic collision, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Adan Montalban said Edward Lamont Powe, III, 24 (dob 1/20/89), pleaded not guilty this afternoon to one count of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in case LA076381.

Prosecutors allege that on Dec. 30, 2013, at about 12:30 a.m., Powe was driving a Ford Focus at excessive speed with his girlfriend, Jennifer Benga, 19, when he allegedly lost control of the vehicle and crashed against a light pole near Roscoe Boulevard and Hayvenhurst Avenue in the Van Nuys area.

According to authorities, when they arrived at the scene of the crash Powe and the victim were both trapped in the car. She was later declared dead.


Former Fire Captain Scheduled for Arraignment on Child Sex Abuse Charges

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:20 am

A retired L.A. County fire captain will be arraigned Wednesday on child sex abuse charges, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

Edward John Cervantes, 62 (dob 05/29/1951) of Whittier, has been charged with one count each of lewd act upon a child and continuous sexual abuse in case KA103218. He is expected to appear Jan. 8 in Department F of Los Angeles County Superior Court, Pomona Branch.

Prosecutors said that the events surrounding the charges occurred between 2003 and 2005.

The victim, a relative of the defendant, told officials Cervantes allegedly molested her repeatedly while she was in 5th and 6th grade, prosecutors said.


January 8, 2014

Case Filed in Alleged Nine-Day Kidnapping

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:21 am

A Palmdale man was arraigned today on more than half a dozen criminal counts for the alleged kidnapping of the mother of his child, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Theodore Swanson said Giovanni Grey McKinnis, 19 (dob 7/22/94), pleaded not guilty at the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Antelope Valley Branch. His next court date is scheduled for Jan. 17 in Department A-2.

He is charged in case MA061750 with two counts of corporal injury to child’s parent and one count each of kidnapping, false imprisonment by violence, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, and criminal threats. McKinnis also faces a misdemeanor count of disobeying domestic relations court order.

The complaint further alleges that the defendant personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon, a knife, and that McKinnis personally inflicted great bodily injury upon the 20-year-old victim under circumstances involving domestic violence.


Ex-Felons Charged in “Door-Knob Burglary” Scheduled to be Arraigned

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:18 am

Two men charged with the burglary of a Cerritos home are scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Dayvonte Marquis Smith, 23 (dob 10/01/1998), and Quintin De Andre Moreland, 25 (dob 11/20/1988), are expected to appear in Department 3 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Norwalk Branch in case VA133298.

Smith and Moreland are each charged with one count of first-degree burglary, person present. Both men have previous convictions: Smith for assault with a firearm and Moreland for receiving stolen property and evading an officer, willful disregard.

Deputy District Attorney Kevin Young said on Jan. 2 at about 11 a.m., the home owner was with her two children when she heard a loud knocking on the door. The victim peered through the window and allegedly saw Smith at her doorstep.

Young said that victim became scared and took her children to a bedroom, locked the door and called police. While the victim was on the phone with authorities, Moreland allegedly kicked in the back door.


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