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April 26, 2013
A man convicted of one murder and multiple rapes, including one in Costa Mesa, will receive the death penalty. Waymon Livingston, 29, of Stanton, was convicted in February of one felony count of special-circumstances murder in the commission of sodomy, three felony counts of forcible rape and one felony count of aggravated assault. An Orange County Superior Court judge on Wednesday approved a jury's recommendation to sentence Livingston to death. Livingston was convicted of strangling and raping a masseuse in a Costa Mesa motel room in 2007, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office.
NEWS
November 9, 2012
I lament the defeat of Proposition 34, the initiative that would have replaced the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parole. As a pastor, Jesus' death is never far from my mind. State-sanctioned execution was wrong when Rome executed Jesus as a rebel, and it is wrong today! The cross, a cruel form of killing, is a constant reminder to Christians that we must struggle for peace, love and compassion, even when it is most difficult. In his life, Jesus boldly defied an antiquated worldview: "You have heard it said an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth ... but I tell you turn the other cheek" (Matthew 5:38)
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | June 11, 2010
Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against Daniel Wozniak, the Costa Mesa man accused of killing and beheading his neighbor then killing a friend of the neighbor to cover up the first crime, Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas announced Thursday. The Wozniak case marks the first this year in which the county's top prosecutor and his team are seeking the death penalty. It is the second murder case in Costa Mesa in 2010. "Some murders are committed with such a depraved heart and in such a callous manner that the only punishment that fits the crime is the death penalty," Rackauckas said at a news conference in Santa Ana. On Thursday morning, Rackauckas and his office's Special Circumstances Committee decided that the details behind the slaying of Samuel Herr, 26, and Juri "Julie" Kibuishi, 23 — both Orange Coast College students — warranted death for their suspected killer.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | January 11, 2011
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against a Garden Grove man accused of executing a Costa Mesa man and his co-worker during a robbery last year in Stanton. Because of the seriousness of the alleged crime, and the nature of the slayings, a panel of Orange County district attorney prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Hilbert Pineil Thomas, 39. Thomas is accused of shooting, execution-style, Costa Mesa resident Matthew Francis Scott, 42, and his coworker Elizabeth Ann Palmer, 50, of Fountain Valley, on Feb. 2, 2010 at Golden Sun Homes in Stanton.
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By Paloma Esquivel | October 24, 2013
A mother accused of poisoning her two children in a Santa Ana motel room in September will be arraigned Friday on two felony counts of special circumstances murder, Orange County prosecutors said. Marilyn Kay Edge, 42, of Scottsdale, Ariz., lost custody of her two children days before they were found dead in a Hampton Inn room. A judge in Georgia had ordered her turn Jaelen, 13, and Faith, 10, over to their father, who lives in that state.  Instead, prosecutors said, she picked them up in Arizona, where they lived, told them they were going on vacation and drove to California.
NEWS
By Jenny Stockdale, Special to the Daily Pilot | April 10, 2012
A new jury will decide whether a man convicted of raping and killing a pregnant Costa Mesa woman should receive the death penalty or life in prison. On Monday an Orange County Superior Court judge scheduled a retrial in the penalty phase of Jason Michael Balcolm's case for May 14. The earlier jury deadlocked 10 to 2 on whether to give the 42-year-old the death penalty, which incited Judge Francisco Briseno to declare a mistrial. Balcom was convicted in March of first-degree murder for sexually assaulting and murdering 22-year-old Malinda Gibbons in 1988.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | June 3, 2010
Prosecutors won't decide until after a preliminary hearing whether they should seek the death penalty against a Costa Mesa actor accused of killing two Orange Coast College students, officials said Wednesday. Daniel Wozniak, 26, is charged with two counts of murder with sentencing enhancements for allegedly killing his Army veteran neighbor for money, beheading him and dismembering his body and then fatally shooting a friend of the victim hours later in hopes of throwing police off his tracks.
NEWS
February 20, 2013
Re. "O.C. prosecutors likely to have sought death penalty for Dorner": Friday's article that the Orange County district attorney would have asked for the death penalty in the case of Christopher Dorner is a classic example of dumb and dumber. If you ever needed proof that the death penalty does not deter violent crime, the Dorner murder spree is it. Maybe what's been missing from the capital punishment debate all along is the right mode of execution. Let's just replace lethal injection with suicide and the courts can free up the log jam on death row. Walt Smith Corona del Mar * Letter addendum I read the Feb. 9 Daily Pilot article "Mayor pushing on with his plan" and the Feb. 7 Orange County Register editorial " Outsourcing back in for Costa Mesa" that the Pilot article referred to and made several comments.
OCNOW
From the Los Angeles Times | February 14, 2013
Orange County prosecutors had prepared but not filed murder charges against Christopher Dorner for the deaths of the Irvine couple believed to be the first victims in his alleged rampage, the district attorney's said Thursday. Prosecutors said they probably would have sought the death penalty for the slaying of Monica Quan and her fiance Keith Lawrence. Dorner's alleged crime spree prompted a massive, multi-agency manhunt that came to a close Tuesday after a Big Bear-area cabin in which Dorner was holed up burned to the ground during a shootout.
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By Paloma Esquivel | October 24, 2013
A mother accused of poisoning her two children in a Santa Ana motel room in September will be arraigned Friday on two felony counts of special circumstances murder, Orange County prosecutors said. Marilyn Kay Edge, 42, of Scottsdale, Ariz., lost custody of her two children days before they were found dead in a Hampton Inn room. A judge in Georgia had ordered her turn Jaelen, 13, and Faith, 10, over to their father, who lives in that state.  Instead, prosecutors said, she picked them up in Arizona, where they lived, told them they were going on vacation and drove to California.
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NEWS
April 26, 2013
A man convicted of one murder and multiple rapes, including one in Costa Mesa, will receive the death penalty. Waymon Livingston, 29, of Stanton, was convicted in February of one felony count of special-circumstances murder in the commission of sodomy, three felony counts of forcible rape and one felony count of aggravated assault. An Orange County Superior Court judge on Wednesday approved a jury's recommendation to sentence Livingston to death. Livingston was convicted of strangling and raping a masseuse in a Costa Mesa motel room in 2007, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office.
NEWS
February 28, 2013
Jurors recommended the death penalty Thursday for a 42-year-old man who raped and stabbed a pregnant woman to death in her Costa Mesa apartment 25 years ago, according to a court official. Jason Michael Balcom was convicted in March 2012 of raping 22-year-old Malinda Gibbons and stabbing her in the chest in 1988, but the jury at the time deadlocked 10 to 2 on whether he should face the death penalty. A new jury began its deliberation in the case late Tuesday, and came back with a verdict just before 11 a.m. Thursday, a court official said.
NEWS
February 27, 2013
Prosecutors want the death penalty for a Stanton man convicted Wednesday of one murder and multiple rapes, including one in Costa Mesa. DNA and forensic evidence linked Waymon Livingston , 29, to the crimes, the Orange County district attorney's office said. Livingston was found guilty of one felony count of special-circumstances murder in the commission of sodomy, three felony counts of forcible rape, and one felony count of aggravated assault, according to a D.A. news release.
NEWS
February 20, 2013
Re. "O.C. prosecutors likely to have sought death penalty for Dorner": Friday's article that the Orange County district attorney would have asked for the death penalty in the case of Christopher Dorner is a classic example of dumb and dumber. If you ever needed proof that the death penalty does not deter violent crime, the Dorner murder spree is it. Maybe what's been missing from the capital punishment debate all along is the right mode of execution. Let's just replace lethal injection with suicide and the courts can free up the log jam on death row. Walt Smith Corona del Mar * Letter addendum I read the Feb. 9 Daily Pilot article "Mayor pushing on with his plan" and the Feb. 7 Orange County Register editorial " Outsourcing back in for Costa Mesa" that the Pilot article referred to and made several comments.
OCNOW
From the Los Angeles Times | February 14, 2013
Orange County prosecutors had prepared but not filed murder charges against Christopher Dorner for the deaths of the Irvine couple believed to be the first victims in his alleged rampage, the district attorney's said Thursday. Prosecutors said they probably would have sought the death penalty for the slaying of Monica Quan and her fiance Keith Lawrence. Dorner's alleged crime spree prompted a massive, multi-agency manhunt that came to a close Tuesday after a Big Bear-area cabin in which Dorner was holed up burned to the ground during a shootout.
NEWS
February 13, 2013
An Orange County man will stand trial Wednesday on charges that he sexually assaulted and killed one woman and assaulted five others, including one in a Costa Mesa motel room, prosecutors said. Waymon Livingston, 29, of Stanton, faces the death penalty if convicted of murder during the commission of sodomy, four felony counts of forcible rape and one felony count of aggravated assault, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. In all, there are six victims, the D.A. said in a news release.
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From the Los Angeles Times | February 12, 2013
The Orange County district attorney's office said Monday that it would hold off on filing criminal charges against Christopher Dorner in connection with the double homicide in Irvine that launched the manhunt across Southern California for the former LAPD officer. Dorner, 33, is suspected of killing Monica Quan and Keith Lawrence. The two were found shot to death Feb. 3 in a car in a parking lot of an upscale condominium complex near Concordia University, where both received degrees and played basketball.
NEWS
February 1, 2013
The penalty phase for a man who raped and killed a pregnant woman in her Costa Mesa apartment is expected to begin Monday, a court official said. A new jury selected for the penalty phase will decide whether Jason Michael Balcom, 42, should receive the death penalty or life in prison for the 1988 slaying of 22-year-old Malinda Gibbons, who was bound with her husband's neckties and stabbed in the heart. Gibbons had just moved to Costa Mesa from Utah with her husband, and lived less than a mile from where Balcom lived.
NEWS
November 9, 2012
I lament the defeat of Proposition 34, the initiative that would have replaced the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parole. As a pastor, Jesus' death is never far from my mind. State-sanctioned execution was wrong when Rome executed Jesus as a rebel, and it is wrong today! The cross, a cruel form of killing, is a constant reminder to Christians that we must struggle for peace, love and compassion, even when it is most difficult. In his life, Jesus boldly defied an antiquated worldview: "You have heard it said an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth ... but I tell you turn the other cheek" (Matthew 5:38)
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