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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