considered temporarily posting two sheriff's deputies at South Coast
Medical Center in Laguna Beach, where Greg Haidl is bring treated for
depression. The judge decided such a move was "just not practical."
Greg Haidl will likely end up in the jail's mental ward, where he
will be closely supervised, a jail official testified.
"He would receive adequate supervision and care in the Orange
County Sheriff's facility," Sheriff Capt. Deana Bergquist told the
A doctor testified on Monday that Greg Haidl told him he'd rather
kill himself than go to jail. The teenager had already made two
suicide attempts, the doctor added.
Bergquist, who visited South Coast Medical Center Tuesday morning
and spoke to an administrator, testified that the hospital believed
having deputies at the facility would be a "potential detriment" to
other patients in the 32-bed facility. No weapons are allowed inside
the building, which could compromise deputies' safety, she said.
The jail deals with suicidal inmates and could provide adequate
supervision and care for Greg Haidl, she said.
"But there is no guarantee at any facility," she said.
Defense attorney Joseph Cavallo said Don Haidl's former position
would make his son a target for violence in the jail.
"He's probably in more danger in the Orange County Jail than
anywhere else," Cavallo said.
After a brief recess and testimony from an assistant sheriff who
reiterated Bergquist's statements, Briseno ordered Greg Haidl to be
transferred immediately to the jail, where his condition will be
assessed. Greg Haidl's repeated run-ins with the law showed he was a
danger to the community and in a "downward spiral," Briseno said.
Greg Haidl and friends Kyle Nachreiner and Keith Spann, both 19,
are accused of raping an allegedly unconscious 16-year-old girl at
Don Haidl's Corona del Mar home. The July 5, 2002 incident was
videotaped. Briseno declared a mistrial earlier this year when a jury
hopelessly deadlocked on a verdict.
Since then, Greg Haidl had a series of run-ins with police,
including charges of the statutory rape of a 16-year-old girl. After
that, the judge put restrictions on his bail and promised to throw
him in jail until the completion of the trial, scheduled to start
Jan. 31, if he violated any of them.
Greg Haidl's doctor on Monday testified that his patient had been
illegally obtaining prescription drugs and had drunk part of a beer
the night of his accident -- both violations of his bail.
His actions put the general public at risk, Briseno said, but he
also needed the assurances from sheriff's deputies that Greg Haidl
would be adequately supervised in jail.
"I need to provide for the safety of the community, but I also
have to provide for the safety of him," he said.
* MARISA O'NEIL covers public safety and courts. She may be
reached at (714) 966-4618 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.