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By Lauren Williams | May 25, 2012
A Costa Mesa murder defendant told police that he killed two people in 2010 to gain access to one of his victim's bank accounts, according to Orange County Grand Jury transcripts released Friday. Within a Costa Mesa police interview room Daniel Patrick Wozniak, 28, confessed that he killed Orange Coast College students Samuel Herr, 26, and Juri "Julie" Kibuishi, 23, according to the transcripts. "I'm crazy and I did it" were the first words Wozniak said, Det. Mike Delgadillo testified May 3 before the grand jury.
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By Joseph Serna | October 28, 2008
It’s as if Skylar Deleon’s childhood were separated into two very different worlds. In one world, when he lived with his father, John Jacobson Sr., relatives testified Deleon was constantly beaten without provocation and was told he was worthless. Held up to an impossible standard, Deleon consistently fell short in the most trivial of ways, such as not properly tucking in his shirt, and he would pay dearly for it. In the other world, away from Jacobson, who was in prison for a few years, family testified that Deleon was loved.
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By Jill Cowan | November 30, 2012
A Costa Mesa man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and business partner pleaded not guilty to a murder charge Friday morning in Orange County Superior Court, according to the court's website. On July 8, Thomas Michael Wilhelm, 48, drank cherry vodka, took prescription pills and loudly sang a Guns N Roses song before shooting and killing 45-year-old Christine Murray, court documents allege. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this story had the incorrect age for Christine Murray.
NEWS
March 17, 2001
Deepa Bharath SANTA ANA -- Seconds after Eric Bechler told a packed courtroom that he loved his wife and did not kill her, a Superior Court judge on Friday sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Judge Frank F. Fasel said he agreed with a 12-member jury, which on Feb. 1 found the 33-year-old man from Newport Heights guilty of first-degree murder for bludgeoning his 38-year-old wife, Pegye Bechler, on a boat and then dumping her body in the ocean in trash bags filled with weights.
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By Emily Foxhall | November 13, 2013
Newport Beach prides itself on providing a high quality of life, but the City Council defied the pleas of numerous residents by voting Tuesday to approve a contract to outsource one of its few remaining in-house public works services: trash pickup. In a 4-3 vote, with Mayor Pro Tem Rush Hill and council members Nancy Gardner and Ed Selich voting no, the council agreed to have CR&R Waste Services to take over as the city's residential trash hauler, effective next spring. The majority of the council maintained that residents would see the same level of service after the switch to an automated hauling process with an outside company.
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By: | August 16, 2005
Testimony will continue today in a hearing in Orange County Superior Court to decide whether two men and one woman will stand trial in the alleged killing of a Newport Beach couple. Skylar DeLeon, 26, his wife Jennifer Henderson-DeLeon, 24, and John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 40, all of Long Beach, are expected to appear in court on charges of murdering Tom and Jackie Hawks, who went missing in November after allegedly selling their yacht. Two other men charged with the murders, Myron Gardner, 42, of Long Beach, and Alonso Machain, 21, of Pico Rivera, will be tried separately, a judge ruled Friday.
NEWS
June 2, 2004
Deepa Bharath The defense in a high-profile gang-rape case will ask the judge today to admit testimony of a pornography expert attorneys say will contradict a witness for the prosecution who suggested the defendants drugged the girl. 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 in Don Haidl's Corona del Mar home. The jury trial for the teenagers, which began on May 3, has come to an abrupt standstill this week because defense attorney Pete Morreale's son met with a traffic accident on Friday.
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By Mona Shadia | September 14, 2011
SANTA ANA - A UC Irvine professor overstepped his boundaries when he told students that no disruptions were allowed during the Israeli ambassador's visit last year, according to testimony given during Wednesday's Irvine 11 trial. According to UCI comparative literature professor Rei Terada's testimony, before introducing Ambassador Michael Oren on Feb. 8, 2010, political science professor Mark Petracca, who emceed the event, told the audience he had the highest expectation for civility for the ambassador - a level that would exceed the respect given even during a joint session of Congress.
NEWS
December 9, 2003
Marisa O'Neil The new attorney for a former UC Irvine student convicted of sexually assaulting and torturing a 15-year-old-girl is seeking a new trial, this one in front of a jury. Newport Beach resident Brian Dance, 21, was convicted in July of three counts of forced penetration, one count of torture and one count each of robbery and criminal threat. He had previously waived his right to a jury trial and faces a possible life sentence for beating a girl he had met on the Internet and carving swastikas on her face on the UCI campus.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | March 27, 2014
Tattooed shins and a penchant for pedicures prove a Costa Mesa man charged with vandalizing a political campaign sign in 2012 is wrongfully accused, his defense argued at trial Thursday. Steven Charles White, 40, formerly a maintenance worker with the city of Costa Mesa, was charged last year with misdemeanor vandalism for allegedly ripping up a lawn sign advertising candidates in a heated City Council race. Testimony in his jury trial began and concluded Thursday at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach, with the prosecutor and defense focused on exactly who is shown in grainy black-and-white footage ripping up a sign for a slate of candidates.
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