Top DA Arrested

According to sources at the Orange County Sheriff's Department, David L. Brent--the veteran prosecutor who runs the district attorney's acclaimed homicide unit--was arrested with his wife on Christmas Day following a domestic dispute.

No other information was available officially, except that Brent was released from custody at Orange County Jail on Dec. 26. The prosecutor did not return a call for comment. Susan Kang Schroeder, the public affairs counsel for the DA's office, said to avoid a conflict of interest the matter has been turned over to the California Attorney General's office for a decision on whether charges will be filed.

A large man with a gentle demeanor and tremendous courtroom skills, the 53-year-old Brent has been a prosecutor for 24 years, conducted more than 50 murder trials, put six killers on California's death row and won a conviction in the sensational kidnap-rape-murder of five-year-old Samantha Runnion.

--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly


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