A cold-case murder plotted by a Westminster respiratory therapist who did not want to pay for his divorce from his wife in 2004 gets the NBC Dateline treatment tonight.
A jury in Santa Ana that convicted a man Tuesday--for murdering his grandmother and setting her house on fire while his 8-year-old brother and 3-year-old niece were inside the home--must now determine whether he was sane at the time. Joseph Elija Ettima, 30, was found guilty of one felony count of ... More >>
Criminal charges will not be pursued against a 34-year-old Santa Ana man who killed his longtime girlfriend in April with a shot from a BB gun, according to authorities. Martha Socorro Marin, 32, suffered a small wound to her upper chest in the April 18 shooting inside the guesthouse she shared wit ... More >>
An Orange County Superior Court hearing is scheduled this afternoon on how to proceed with the murder trial of a 30-year-old man who refuses to leave his jail cell for court hearings. Joseph Elija Ettima, 30, is accused of fatally stabbing his grandmother on Jan. 19, 2009, in her Los Alamitos home ... More >>
A man who fatally shot his father because the old man didn't want junior keeping a firearm in his Huntington Beach mobile home was sentenced today to 50 years to life in state prison.When jurors found 37-year-old Jeremy Dwayne Martin guilty on March 26, they'd rejected the defense argument that the ... More >>
See Update No. 3 at the end of this post on Derek Christopher Adams' conviction today.See Update Nos. 1-2 on opening statements and an email from someone supposedly intimate with the love triangle (square?) at the center of the case. ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 13, 1:03 P.M.: For real, weird, twisted dramas ... More >>
UPDATE, JAN. 10, 9:56 A.M.: Third-strike parolee Ean Keith Brown is scheduled to be arraigned in Santa Ana this morning for the strangulation murder of Dolores "Arias" Fagan, who was visiting relatives who live in the same Huntington Beach neighborhood as the defendant when she went missing and l ... More >>
UPDATE, OCT. 10, 3:47 P.M.: The gun Philip Ngoc Nguyen used to kill his fiancée Uyennie Ton had been her gift to him, according to a prosecutor.Meanwhile, the Orange County District Attorney's office has corrected its original account, stating that Ton did not live in the Fountain Valley trailer ... More >>
Robert Lawrence Char pleaded guilty on July 9, 2010, to trying to kill his mother by hitting her repeatedly in the head with a shovel 11 months before. He was later sentenced to nine years in state prison and had been sitting in a cell at Vacaville ever since.Now, the 49-year-old is back in Orang ... More >>
Steven Matthew LeClaire, Jr.UPDATE, FEB. 28, 5:19 P.M.: U.S. Army Specialist Steven Matthew LeClaire, Jr. was AWOL when he opened fire without provocation on three men Thursday night, according to prosecutors.After allegedly killing his friend Marques Murray, 24, and wounding his father, Steven F ... More >>
Rachael Mullenix--Do not interfere in their relationship.After interfering in the relationship between her 17-year-old daughter and a boyfriend in September 2006, CSI actress Barbara Mullenix ended up murdered, wrapped in her own bloody bed sheets, crammed in a cardboard box and finally tossed in ... More >>
Death row bound Nelson: I'm innocent!Retiring Frank F. Fasel is the type of no-nonsense Orange County judge who appreciates people who make their points quickly. But Fasel wasn't impressed by Tanya Jaime Nelson's pithy pre-sentencing message designed to keep herself off California's notorious dea ... More >>
UPDATE: Orange County District Attorney levels charges; suspect's telling MySpace page . . . MySpace.comPasqual Loera's user photo.The Orange County District Attorney today charged the man arrested in Las Vegas in the shooting and killing Sunday of a Westminster woman and critical injuring of her ... More >>
Proclaiming the name “Devil,” the killer acted swiftly, stabbing an unsuspecting 18-year-old musician in the jugular with a silver pocketknife, and then in the back. But instead of fleeing the Aug. 15, 2006, Huntington Beach hotel birthday party in a panic, the killer stood over Walter Rivas’ ... More >>
An OC jury ponders this question: Who is the right-handed man who murdered Minnie Smith?