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September 3, 2014

Man Sentenced to 50 Years to Life in Prison For Murder Outside Hollywood Nightclub

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 4:34 am

A 23-year-old man was sentenced today to 50 years to life in prison for a murder outside a Hollywood nightclub last year, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Robert Earl Thomas III was sentenced by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy in case BA406843. In July, jurors found Thomas guilty of first-degree murder and also found true gang and gun allegations.

Thomas shot and killed 19-year-old Andre Lowe outside the Empire Club about 2 a.m. on Jan. 13, 2013.

The shooting, which was captured on videotape, happened as the victim and two friends walked to their car in the club’s parking lot.

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September 2, 2014

TWO MEN TO FACE TRIAL FOR SHOOTING-MURDER OF VICTIM IN BAKERY WHILE VICTIM WAS PREPARING COFFEE

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:09 am

SANTA ANA – Two men are scheduled to face trial Tuesday for the shooting-murder of a victim in a Santa Ana bakery while the victim was preparing a cup of coffee. Israel Pena Lopez, 38, Santa Ana, is charged with one felony count each of murder, possession of a firearm by a felon, and sentencing enhancements for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death. If convicted, Lopez faces a maximum sentence of 75 years to life in state prison.

Co-defendant Frankie Esteban Giraldo, 32, Santa Ana, is charged with one felony count of murder. If convicted, Giraldo faces a maximum sentence of 50 years to life in state prison. Opening statements are expected to begin Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. in Department C-30, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

At approximately 7:40 p.m. on Oct. 13, 2010, Lopez and Giraldo are accused of driving their vehicles separately to Panaderia La Chapina bakery on Edinger Avenue in Santa Ana. Lopez is accused of parking in a marked stall in front of the bakery and Giraldo is accused of driving through the parking lot before parking on a side street. The defendants are accused of getting out of their vehicles and meeting outside the bakery.

Lopez is accused of walking around to the front of the business while Giraldo is accused of waiting at the west entrance. Both defendants are accused of entering the bakery simultaneously. Lopez is accused of shooting 32-year-old Alejandro Sanchez several times in the back, murdering him. Sanchez had his back turned while preparing his coffee at a counter at the time of the murder.

Both defendants are accused of leaving the restaurant after the shooting. Lopez is accused of returning a few moments later. He is accused of again attempting to shoot the victim, who was lying on the floor, but Lopez’s firearm failed to discharge. Lopez is accused of fleeing the scene. Witnesses called 911 and the Santa Ana Police Department investigated this case. (more…)

Second Woman Charged in Metro Blue Line Killing

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:06 am

A second woman was charged today in connection with the fatal beating of a man at a Metro Blue Line station, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Virginia Marie Butler (dob 1/31/91) has been charged with one count of murder in case TA134727.

The defendant is scheduled to be arraigned today in Department 12 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Compton. Prosecutors are recommending that her bail be set at $1 million.

Prosecutors said on the afternoon of June 13, Butler and codefendant Tracy Joy Gomez reportedly approached John Whitmore, 65, on the Metro Blue Line platform and allegedly beat him.

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Guilty Verdict Reached in Lancaster Ranch Killings

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:03 am

A ranch hand has been found guilty of two murders at a plastic surgeon’s ranch in Lancaster, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

Deputy District Attorney Michael Blake said Antonio Martínez, 51, was found guilty yesterday of the 2006 murder of 64-year-old Dr. Esfandiar “Steve” Kadivar and the 2007 murder of Efrain Martines in case MA039342.

The jury also found true the special circumstance allegations of murder for financial gain, lying in wait and multiple murders pertaining to the killings of victims Kadivar and Martines.

The alleged mastermind, Nicolas Cordoba, 63, also was found guilty of Efrain Martines’ murder. Jurors found true the special circumstance allegations of lying in wait and murder for financial gain, pertaining to Martines’ killing.

Both defendants face life in prison without the possibility of parole at sentencing. The hearing is scheduled for Sept. 26 in Department 106 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. (more…)

August 29, 2014

Woman Charged in Metro Blue Line Killing

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:06 am

A 23-year-old woman accused of fatally beating a man at a Metro Blue Line station has been charged with murder, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Tracy Joy Gomez (dob 8/23/90) pleaded not guilty to one count of murder in case TA134727.

The felony complaint includes a special allegation that the defendant personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon, brass knuckles, in the commission of the crime. Additionally, the charging document alleges that Gomez was previously convicted of second-degree robbery in 2009.

Today, the defendant appeared before Judge Joel M. Wallenstein at the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Compton and her bail was set at $1.06 million.

Prosecutors said on the afternoon of June 13, Gomez reportedly approached John Whitmore, 65, on the Metro Blue Line platform and beat him.

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Redondo Beach Doctor Charged with Selling Narcotics Rearrested

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:03 am

A Redondo Beach neurologist charged in June with selling powerful narcotics to undercover police was rearrested Wednesday after police discovered he was continuing to sell drugs despite a court order not to do so, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Dr. Gerard Geoffrey Goryl (dob 8/29/55) is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in case number BA428755 at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Department 30. Prosecutors will ask that bail for Goryl be set at $1 million.

Deputy District Attorneys Emily Street and John Niedermann of the Major Narcotics Division are prosecuting both cases.

Goryl was rearrested Wednesday outside of his clinic, “A Better Weigh,” in Redondo Beach. The DEA and the Redondo Beach Police Department discovered that Goryl was continuing to sell Phentermine, a Schedule IV narcotic, despite being barred following his arraignment in June on similar charges.

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Woman Accused of Setting Fires in El Segundo Charged With Arson, Terrorism

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:03 am

A 63-year-old woman has been charged with setting seven fires last week in El Segundo, including two churches, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Barbara Nania (dob 4/13/51) of El Segundo was charged in case SA088464 with seven counts of arson and one count of terrorism. Nania is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow in Department 144 of the Los

Angeles County Superior Court, Airport Branch.

Nania is accused of starting the series of fires on Aug. 17 at a yarn store, according to the criminal complaint. She is charged with setting another fire the following day.

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August 28, 2014

Ray J Pleads in Beverly Hills Bar Incident

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 6:54 pm

The entertainer known as Ray J pleaded no contest plea today to a charge stemming from an incident at a Beverly Hills bar, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Through his attorney, Ray J, whose legal name is Willie Ray Norwood Jr., 33, pleaded to one count of misdemeanor trespassing in case 4WA32033.

Deputy District Attorney Candice Jan prosecuted the case.

Judge Edward Moreton sentenced Norwood to three years summary probation and 50 hours of community service. The defendant also was ordered to attend alcohol therapy and anger management classes.

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Palmdale Couple Charged with Torture, Mayhem for Beating Toddler

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:56 am

A Palmdale woman and her boyfriend have been charged with the beating of her 22-month-old toddler, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Theodore Swanson said Rosie Lee Wilson (dob 10/6/93) and Brandon Jerel Williams (dob 11/25/89) both face one count each of assault on a child becoming comatose, torture and mayhem.

Additionally, Williams faces one count of attempted murder and Wilson is charged with one count of child abuse.

Arraignment in case MA064056 was scheduled for late yesterday but was continued to Sept. 9 in Department A01 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Antelope Valley Branch.

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Lancaster Man Charged with Bow-and-Arrow Murder

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:49 am

A Lancaster man was charged today with killing a 23-year-old man with a hunting bow and arrow, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Assistant Head Deputy District Attorney Robert Sherwood of the Antelope Valley Branch said Garrett Taylor Adams (dob 12/15/90) faces one count of murder.

Arraignment for case MA064049 is scheduled for today in Department A1 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Antelope Valley Branch.

The complaint includes an allegation that Adams used a compound bow in the Aug. 23 killing of Charles Briggs.

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