June 11, 2004
Deepa Bharath A Superior Court Judge on Thursday denied a defense motion for a mistrial as well as another motion to reduce charges in a high-profile rape trial, which is drawing to a close. Greg Haidl, son of Orange County Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl, Kyle Nachreiner and Keith Spann are accused of raping an unconscious 16-year-old girl and sexually assaulting her with various objects in the assistant sheriff's Corona del Mar home. Judge Francisco Briseno said on Thursday that the defense was not entitled to a mistrial based on its allegation that Deputy Dist.
June 30, 2004
Mistrial 'sickening' but not surprising I am sickened by the decision Monday to declare a mistrial in the gang-rape case of Greg Haidl, Kyle Nachreiner and Keith Spann. And I feel great sorrow for Jane Doe and the blatant disregard for her human rights, yet I am not surprised. In a county which by majority represents, supports and embraces the neocon, fundamental Christian-right views of George W. Bush, it is to be expected that basic women's rights and violations against women, are unimportant.
March 18, 2005
Marisa O'Neil The fate of three men, accused of gang-raping a 16-year-old girl when they were teenagers, lies in the hands of a jury for the second time in a year. A jury of eight men and four women must now decide if Greg Haidl, Kyle Nachreiner and Keith Spann, all 17 at the time, took advantage of the girl after she passed out from drinking or, as the defense claims, if she willingly participated. A jury last year could not reach a verdict in the case, and Judge Francisco Briseno declared a mistrial.
June 9, 2004
BRIEFLY IN THE NEWS Defendants in rape trial could still testify Three defendants accused of raping an unconscious 16-year-old girl two years ago have "reserved their right" to testify in the trial, a defense attorney said on Tuesday. Prosecutors say Greg Haidl, son of Assistant Orange County Sheriff Don Haidl, Kyle Nachreiner and Keith Spann gang-raped the girl and sexually assaulted her with various objects at the elder Haidl's Corona del Mar home.
March 5, 2005
Marisa O'Neil Defense attorneys will begin presenting their case Monday in the retrial of three young men charged with gang-raping a 16-year-old girl when they were teenagers. Rancho Cucamonga residents Kyle Nachreiner and Keith Spann, both 20, and 19-year-old Greg Haidl are accused of raping the girl at a 2002 party and sexually assaulting her with various objects. Prosecutors, who say the girl -- known in court as Jane Doe -- passed out after drinking too much and did not give consent, rested their case on Wednesday.
June 4, 2004
Deepa Bharath An Orange County judge spent Thursday fending off a barrage of legal maneuvers designed to rattle both sides standing in a high-profile gang-rape case involving the son of an Orange County assistant sheriff. Almost all the legal motions, including requests for a mistrial brought by attorneys for the three teenage defendants accused of raping an unconscious 16-year-old girl, were shot down by Judge Francisco Briseno. Prosecutors say Greg Haidl, son of Orange County Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl, Kyle Nachreiner and Keith Spann sexually assaulted the girl, now 18, with various objects including a Snapple bottle, a lighted cigarette and a pool cue at the elder Haidl's Corona del Mar home the night of July 5, 2002.
July 6, 2004
Problems likely started early for teens in trial I am not one to be opinionated. To quote a line by William Shakespeare: "I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him." Do we now live in a lawless society? I am wondering what ever happened to that law we once called statutory rape? Did we now abolish it? Parents, lock up your toddlers. They are now prey to sexual predators as long as they comply. To me, this trial of Greg Haidl, Kyle Nachreiner and Keith Spann on charges of rape and sexual assault should have been a very clear-cut, open-and-shut case.
November 20, 2004
Marisa O'Neil It has all the makings of a soap opera, but the story of three 19-year-olds accused of gang-raping an unconscious girl is going to the small screen tonight. CBS newsmagazine "48 Hours" will tonight air "Eye of the Beholder," an hour-long look at the hung-jury trial of Greg Haidl, son of former Orange County Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl, and friends Kyle Nachreiner and Keith Spann. The trial of three boys accused of gang-raping and sexually assaulting an unconscious 16-year-old girl in Don Haidl's Corona del Mar home has made many headlines in the local press, but now the rest of the country will know the story.
August 6, 2004
Deepa Bharath The Orange County district attorney is expected to file charges today for the retrial of a high-profile gang-rape case involving the teenage son of a top county official. Prosecutors say Greg Haidl, son of Orange County Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl, Kyle Nachreiner and Keith Spann raped an unconscious 16-year-old girl and sexually assaulted her with various objects at the assistant sheriff's Corona del Mar home in 2002. The defendants, now 19, captured the entire incident on videotape.
March 14, 2006
The three men sentenced to six-year prison terms for their involvement in the videotaped sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl would have received lighter sentences if they had worked out a deal with prosecutors, officials said Monday. Lawyers for Greg Haidl ? the son of a former Orange County assistant sheriff ? Keith Spann and Kyle Nachreiner originally approached prosecutors with an offer to plead guilty to the sexual-assault charges in exchange for two-year prison sentences, said Susan Schroeder, spokeswoman for the district attorney's office.