Lonnie Kocontes' Love Boat

The Irvine lawyer escaped charges he murdered his ex-wife. Then another ex-wife and a friend turned on him

Nguyen replied, "Yeah."

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"The totality of the evidence proves beyond a reasonable doubt Kocontes murdered Kanesaki," says Deputy DA Price, a 2014 police-union-backed candidate for the Long Beach City Council. She concedes there are "dramatic inconsistencies" between the various versions of truth her key witnesses have uttered over the years, but she believes they are now telling the truth. She told the Weekly, "I've made that credibility call."

Happier days: Kocontes and Kanesaki
Happier days: Kocontes and Kanesaki
Cameron K. Lewis

In her statements to the grand jury that returned the indictment, Price argued that Kocontes planned the Kanesaki murder in Ladera Ranch, wanted to return to his relationship with Nguyen because "she never turned him down for sex," argued with a complaining Kanesaki on their trip, and then strangled and beat her to death before tossing her body off their cabin's balcony.

"She went straight down [to the ocean]," said Price. "She was not raped. She was not robbed. The person who killed her took nothing from her. The person who killed her wanted her gone—that was their only motive."

To Michael, Price's version is wishful thinking, her indictment the result of "vile" cheating by manipulating witness statements and withholding exculpatory evidence from the grand jury. He says the OCDA distracted jurors with character assassination, portraying Kocontes as "a money-grubbing, sexual deviant" and scam artist. And Michael, who is seeking a pretrial dismissal of charges, asks, "How was the grand jury supposed to ignore that 'evidence' and focus on the fact that not a scintilla of forensic evidence or eyewitness testimony was offered to support the [prosecution's theory]?"

The two sides continue to acrimoniously battle over Michael's insistence that the deputy DA committed prosecutorial misconduct and whether Price is correct that case law and Kocontes' purchase of cruise tickets while in Orange County justifies her grabbing jurisdiction for the Mediterranean Sea murder. Meanwhile, the 56-year-old defendant remains locked inside OC's Theo Lacy Jail, where he has been denied bail for more than 14 months. Rackauckas has not announced if he will seek the death penalty.

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18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

"Deputy DA Price, a 2014 police-union-backed candidate for the Long Beach City Council"

That will be fun. I can verbally shit on Price and Long Beach police Chief Jim McDonnell at LB city council meetings. This is the asshole Chief that thought it was funny to almost cause a traffic accident when me and my wife were in Long Beach celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary. I wonder if this idiot questioned his white female cop yet?

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776

hey

oc


your login has a problem 


I havent been able to log in via yahoo for some time now

949girl
949girl topcommenter

I always think men that exclusively date Asian women are a little off.  I can't put my finger on it but there is something odd about a white man only dating Asian women.

949girl
949girl topcommenter

Great article.  What prompted you to write this article now?  Is it going to trial soon?    I almost forgot about this case.  I'm curious, why is this crime being prosecuted in Orange County when the murder took place in Europe?  Is it because it was planned in Orange County?  I can't see the jury believing Nguyen since she's lied so many times. I think this will be one of those cases that will get a hung jury or a not guilty verdict.  But he probably did do it if I had to take a guess.    

jimgilchrist
jimgilchrist

@18usc241  As usual, your comments are not too bright.  Keep posting and you will surely have every reader siding with the cops, which is the most rational thing to do.


Sounds to me like you and your wife were driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.  Not surprising for abusive derelicts of society to always blame someone else for the accidents they cause.  You and your old lady really should get some help from a substance abuse counselor, or simply a psychiatrist, whichever applies.  Hmmm…maybe both?


You two are cry-babies.


Jim Gilchrist, Founder and President, The Minuteman Project

ananemous
ananemous

@949girl  What does that have to do with this article? Kocontes is Asian. Can he exclusively date Asian women?


Whophantom
Whophantom

Because they luv them long time...LOL

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

@949girl  Thank you for your question. I have followed this investigation from the outset, observed the FBi's failure to win an indictment and, when Orange County prosecutors took the Mediterranean Sea murder case, wondered about the strength of what they claimed were new, case-solving facts. An exploration of those alleged "facts" resulted in this news article.

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

Oh hi genius! Thanks for the good laugh. You obviously don't know who you are talking to. I'm the last Latino American man your collection of law enforcement morons should have screwed with in Orange County.

By the way, your pals in OC law (otherwise known as the poor man's version of Donald Sterling) would know if I'm a drunkard or druggie since they flushed millions of taxpayer dollars playing racist hate crime games with me since Stan Knee and Brad Gates. Why don't you ask them?

By the way, so classy of you to bring my wife into the discussion.

And LBPD + Chief are still just following orders monkeys. No change since last comment.

949girl
949girl topcommenter

@sweetliberty17761776 @949girlNot even.  Just my opinion that guy's who exclusively date Asian women are strange.  Maybe I struck a nerve with you.  lol

ted.mendez
ted.mendez

@rscottmoxley @949girlNice reply, Moxley. And very interesting story. Seems like it's going to be hard for a jury to believe the "star witness" or that calculating PI. I can see Nguyen being shredded on cross-examination. Nonetheless, very strange goings on in this one.

949girl
949girl topcommenter

@sweetliberty17761776 @949girlIt's not racism to think white men who only date Asian women are weird.  It's an opinion.  My opinion is is that white guys who only date asians are strange. 

949girl
949girl topcommenter

@whateveryousay @949girl@sweetliberty17761776Thank you @whateveryousay.  It wasn't coming from a racist place.  The defendant has 3 women mentioned in this article that are Asian (Japanese, Vietnamese and Thai) so maybe I'm jumping to conclusions when i say he exclusively dates asians but I don't think I'm wrong based on his pattern.  I know a few people through work or mutual friends or even a couple of aquaintances who have an older white dad and broken english speaking Filipino mom.  Every relationship that involves an older white guy and an Asian woman who doesn't speak English that well are just weird...period.  Even the children of these couples have said that their family life was strange. 

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

@949girl @sweetliberty17761776  949 is spot on.  I have a friend from long ago that is an Asian only dating guy.  Even before I knew that I thought something was up with him.  He's not evil, just off.  

He calls it Yellow-Fever.


 
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