Michael Murray

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    September 26, 2013

    Ninth Circuit Overturns Conviction in Savage Orange County Murder

    In a rare move, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has sided with a Los Angeles-based federal judge and against the California Supreme Court to rule that a wealthy Orange County defendant convicted of savagely murdering his wife did not receive a fair trial in 2007. U.S. Distr ... More >>

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    March 23, 2012

    Sandra Jessee Finally Pays For Murdering Her Placentia Husband

    ​The evil, pot-smoking Placentia granny who hired her son and his Orange County Target store co-worker to ambush murder her ill husband and believed she'd gotten away with it for years learned today that sometimes justice is slow but determined.It took 4,971 days to get here, but Superior Court Ju ... More >>

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    December 8, 2011

    Audra M. Marino Gets a Killer Fee

    [Moxley Confidential] The odd case of the accountant who made a killing in the Sandra Jessee murder trial

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    December 7, 2011

    Sandra Jessee Convicted For Hiring Hit Men to Kill Her Husband

    Jessee: The fake tears act didn't work​After deliberating less than three hours, a jury today convicted pot-smoking, Orange County grandmother Sandra Jessee for hiring hit men, including her own son, to brutally kill her husband with a Rambo-knife in a 1998 murder-for-financial-gain scheme.Jessee' ... More >>

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    December 1, 2011

    Sandra Jessee Murder Trial: Defiant Defendant Faces Her Prosecutor For An Ugly Collision

    ​Because she can't rely on beauty or wits, Sandra Jessee--the pot-smoking granny accused of shopping at Wal-Mart for an alibi while hit men she hired from Target executed her husband--knows her fate depends on whether a jury finds her credible.After two of the other three alleged conspirators took ... More >>

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    November 28, 2011

    Sandra Jessee: Accused Murderous, Pot Smoking Granny Takes Witness Stand

    Sandra Jessee: Were those tears real today?​Accused of hiring hit men to murder her husband while she shopped at Walmart and Burger King for a fake alibi, Sandra Jessee declined to take the witness stand in her first trial and saw herself and co-defendant, Thomas Aehlert, come within one vote of s ... More >>

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    November 24, 2011

    Sandra Jessee's Murder Trial: A Rhetorical Knife Fight

    [Moxley Confidential] The battle between the two lead attorneys has yet to draw sanctions from the judge

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    November 23, 2011

    Latest Jack Jessee Murder Suspect Stayed Free Because of "Scheduling" Dispute

    ​Crime solving sometimes takes an extraordinary amount of time.Take the Jack Jessee murder case. A Rambo-knife wielding intruder killed Jessee in his Placentia living room in August 1998--when the biggest national news was President Bill Clinton's sticky Monica Lewinsky mess. Though police quickly ... More >>

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    November 22, 2011

    T.J. Garrick Arrested in 13-Year-Old Jack Jessee Murder Conspiracy

    ​The final piece in Orange County law enforcement's relentless determination to solve a 13-year-old Placentia murder fell into place this afternoon when sheriff's homicide detectives arrested Thomas Joseph Garrick of Laguna Hills.Garrick is now locked inside the Orange County Jail without the poss ... More >>

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    November 14, 2011

    Brett Schrauben: Confessed Hit Man with Vocabulary Woes

    Schrauben: Speak slowly and use only one syllable words in his presence​"I don't know what that [word] means."That was today's answer by admitted hit man Brett Schrauben when asked by veteran public defender Derek Bercher if he'd been "altruistic" in confessing his role in the 1998 Rambo knife mur ... More >>

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    November 7, 2011

    Sandra Jessee: Loved Husband Too Much To Have Hit Man Kill Him, Defense Lawyer Says

    Sandra Jessee: Hired a hit man for her money?​Deja vu once again appeared today in an Orange County courtroom in hopes of officially solving a wild, $50,000 1998 hit man murder in Placentia.Three years ago, prosecutor Michael F. Murray stood before a different jury and accused Sandra Jessee and Th ... More >>

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    November 3, 2011

    Sandra Jessee Case: How Juror Prospect Escaped Duty Today

    A lone 2009 juror thwarted a Jessee conviction in first trial​Scan the faces of potential jurors waiting in an Orange County courtroom and you'll undoubtedly see people who can't hide that their brains are furiously crafting mini-speeches that will allow them to escape jury duty.This phenomena is ... More >>

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    July 11, 2011

    Eric Naposki's Murder Prosecutor Slams Defense Lawyer Tactics

    OC Register media pool photoNaposki: Thinks the case against him is laughable​"He's got the suit. He's got the hair. He's got the watch and the shoes. He's a master in his style . . . [He] sounds great but there's absolutely no substance . . . Maybe that works in New York."That was Matt Murphy, a ... More >>

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    December 8, 2010

    High Court: Liquor Store Owner's Murder Conviction Should Stand

    Marvin V. Smith​Justice can take many twists--if it ever arrives.Take the case of Marvin Vernis Smith, the wealthy liquor store owner who viciously murdered his lovely wife Minnie with a fireplace poker and then made the bloody crime scene at the couple's Cypress residence look like a burglary gon ... More >>

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    May 11, 2010

    AG Appeals OC Wife Killer Case to Supreme Court

    Marvin V. Smith​The California Attorney General has decided to appeal a Court of Appeal ruling that overturned the first degree murder conviction of Marvin Vernis Smith, a wealthy liquor store owner who police say murdered his wife with a fire place poker and then staged the crime scene to look li ... More >>

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    July 30, 2009
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    June 17, 2009

    A Shameless Way To Escape Jury Duty

    During the jury selection phase in a Santa Ana murder trial this afternoon, a twenty-something Orange County Asian male pulled a maneuver I can't recall having witnessed in two decades of covering trials: He guaranteed that he wouldn't become a juror by manipulating both the prosecution and the defe ... More >>

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    March 21, 2008

    Convicted murderer told to “hang your head high”

    Fridays are always tough in Orange County's Central Courthouse at Santa Ana. That's when the majority of convicted defendants face sentencing. Of course, watching killers, rapists and robbers begin to pay for their crimes isn't tough. It's seeing the indescribable pain of victims and their families ... More >>

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    December 17, 2007

    Lesson for the day: Don't Kill Your Wife

    After only about four hours of deliberation, an Orange County jury of eight women and four men this afternoon found Marvin Vernis Smith guilty of brutally murdering his wife in December 2005. Smith, a multi-millionaire apartment building owner, and his high-priced defense lawyer, Jennifer Keller, s ... More >>

  • News

    December 13, 2007

    Lady Killer

    An OC jury ponders this question: Who is the right-handed man who murdered Minnie Smith?