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Murder

Charge: First Degree, Special Circumstance Murder
Maximum Sentence: Death

A downtown Los Angeles man was accused in the stabbing death of his roommate. His roommate was found brutally stabbed outside of the accused mother’s home. The District Attorney alleged the killing was over money from a drug debt.

Jury Verdict: NOT GUILTY



Charge: First Degree Murder
Maximum Sentence: Life

A Lynwood man and was accused in the stabbing death of a rival gang member. The accused was observed by police officer loading a three day old decomposed body, bound by the hands and feet, into the back of a SUV. The body had over twenty stab wounds. The accused had no injuries. The defense was a claim of self defense.

Jury Verdict: NOT GUILTY



Charge: First Degree Murder
Maximum Sentence: Life

A Compton teenager was accused of Murder in the shooting death of a local man. The man was shot once in the back. No weapon was recovered on the deceased. The teenager fled police and tossed an unregistered handgun from his car window. The teenager’s girlfriend was the prosecution's main witness. The accused claimed self defense.

Jury Verdict: NOT GUILTY



Charge: First Degree Murder
Maximum sentence: Life

A Santa Monica man was accused in the shooting death of a South Central drug dealer. A witness observed the accused fleeing the scene on foot seconds after the shooting. His car was left at the scene. The witness claims that she observed no one else at the scene.

Jury Verdict: Mistrial. Case DISMISSED after finding no likelihood of a conviction.



Charge: Attempted First Degree Murder (x4)
Maximum Sentence: Life (x4)

A Los Angeles man was accused of shooting multiple rounds into a vehicle containing four occupants. Three of the four people were wounded. The victims identified the accused as the shooter. He was seen by officers inside an identical vehicle as the get-a-way vehicle.

Jury Verdict: Mistrial. All attempted murder charges DISMISSED after trial.



Charge: Attempted Second Degree Murder Maximum Sentence: 10 years

A Compton man was accused of stabbing and seriously injuring a man who was having an affair with his wife. The man was stabbed over 20 times, including 7 times in the chest. The defense was a claim of self defense.

Jury Verdict: NOT GUILTY ATTEMPTED MURDER

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

CHARGE: Assault with a Firearm (x3)
Maximum Sentence: 22 years

A Los Angeles man was accused of threatening to kill his wife and two kids and pointing a gun at all three after the wife informed him that she was ending the relationship. He was arrested in the rear yard of his home crying with a loaded gun. The accused denied ever pointing the gun at his wife and children.

Jury Verdict: NOT GUILTY



Charge: Traumatic injury to a Spouse
Maximum Sentence: 1 year

A Los Angeles man was accused of hitting and chocking his live-in girlfriend. She testified that he attacked her and chocked her until she loss consciousness. The accused claimed that the victim was lying and attempting to send him to jail because he was ending the relationship.

Jury Verdict: NOT GUILTY



Charge: Traumatic Injury to Spouse
Maximum Sentence: 4 years.

Lynwood man accused of hitting his wife causing several bruises. The accused denied hitting his wife. He claimed his wife received those injuries from an altercation with her sister a few days prior. He claimed that the wife was lying in an attempt to get him out of the house.

Jury Verdict: NOT GUILTY



Charge: Traumatic Injury to a Spouse
Maximum Sentence: I year

A Los Angeles man was accused of injuring his wife’s hand and arm during an altercation over the Fourth of July holiday. The accused claimed that his wife was attempting to leave the house with their infant child after an argument and he feared she was in no condition to drive the child.

Jury Verdict: NOT GUILTY

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs (VC 23152(a)/(b)

Charge: DUI with 2 Priors
Maximum Sentence: 1 year

A South Gate man, who had two prior DUI convictions and was currently of probation for one DUI, blew a .08/.09 after being stopped by police. His defense was a rising blood alcohol level.

Jury Verdict: NOT GUILTY



Charge: DUI with prior
Maximum Sentence: 1 year

A lynwood man, with one prior DUI conviction, blew a .10 after being stopped by police for driving too slow. Police Officers allege that the accused failed the field sobriety test.

Result: Suppression Motion Granted and case DISMISSED after a showing that the traffic stop was illegal.



Charge: DUI
Maximum Sentence: 6 months

A Downey woman was arrested leaving a night club. Her blood sample registered .09. The officers allege she failed all field sobriety tests.

Result: Case DISMISSED during trial.

SEX CASES

Charge: Child Molestation
Maximum Sentence: Life

A Lynwood man was accused to sexually molesting multiple children. He claimed the children’s parents collaborated to lie against him because they did not like him being in the neighborhood.

Jury Verdict: NOT GUILTY TWO COUNTS OF CHILD MOLESTATION.



Charge: Child Molestation
Maximum Sentence: 2 years

A Los Angeles Unified Junior High School Teacher was accused to making sexual references and advances towards multiple students in class. He denied all allegations.

Jury Verdict: NOT GUILTY



Charge: Sexual Battery
Maximum Sentence: 1 Year

A Downey man was accused of sexually assaulting a co-worker in the stairwell at their employment. She claimed he fondles her and rubbed against her until she was able to escape.

Jury Verdict: NOT GUILTY

GUN

Charge: Possession of Firearm by Felon
Maximum Sentence: 4 years

A Compton man was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. Police officer recovered a shot gun after a searched of his mother’s home. They also alleged he confessed to ownership. The accused maintained that he never confessed and the police officers were lying.

Jury Verdict: NOT GUILTY



Charge: Carrying a Concealed Firearm/Possession of a Unregistered Firearm
Maximum Sentence: 3 years

An East LA man was arrested outside of his residence with an unregistered gun in his coat pocket. The man claimed he was carrying the gun because he feared his friend was in trouble. His defense was lawful defense of others.

Jury Verdict: NOT GUILTY



Charge: Possession of a Firearm by a Felon
Maximum Sentence: 4 years.

Officers went to a residential party in Los Angeles to investigate public drinking and loud music. The officers claimed they observed the accused throw a loaded handgun under a vehicle and flee on foot. They caught the accused and arrested him. The accused claimed the officers lied. He claimed the officer found the gun and pinned it on him when he refused to divulge the identify of the true owner.

Jury Verdict: NOT GUILTY

DRUGS

Charge: Possession for Sales (Marijuana)
Maximum Sentence: 3 years

Police officers sent an informant to a marijuana clinic to request that a medical marijuana card member purchase some marijuana on his behalf. The informant contacted the accused who purchased the informant a small amount of marijuana.

Jury Verdict: NOT GUILTY



Charge: Possession for Sales (Cocaine Base)
Maximum Sentence: 18 years

A Hawthorne man was arrested by police officers in possession of several baggies of cocaine base. Police Officers testified that the accused confessed to intent to sale after his arrest. The accused denied any intent to sale.

Jury Verdict: NOT GUILTY Possession for sale



Charge: Possession for Sales (Methamphetamine)
Maximum Sentence: 4 years

A Lynwood man was accused of throwing a tube containing multiple bags of methamphetamine to the ground when police arrived at a party he was attending.

Result: Suppression Motion Granted and case DISMISSED after finding that the police illegal detained and searched him.

CHILD ABUSE

Charge: Cruelty to a Child
Maximum Sentence: 1 year

The accused was involved in an argument with her ex-husband. Their teenage daughter joined into the argument and sided with the father. The teenage daughter yelled profanities at her mother. The accused slapped the daughter lodging her press-on nail into the teenager's lip.

Jury Verdict: NOT GUILTY



Charge: Cruelty to a Chid
Maximum Sentence: 1 year

A South Gate man hit his son multiple times with a belt after learning that his son skipped a day of Junior High School. The child had several bruised on his legs and lower back.

Jury Verdict: NOT GUILTY



Charge: Cruelty to a Child
Maximum Sentence: 3 years

A Los Angeles man was accused of slapping his daughter after she was suspended from Junior High School. The slapped cause a bruise on the face. The child was also hit multiple times with a belt.

Result: DISMISSED

FELONIES

Charge: Mayhem
Maximum Sentence: Life

A Los Angeles woman was accused of pouring boiling hot water over her sleeping boyfriend. The victim received third degree burns over his face, chest, arms, and back. The accused had no visible injuries. The accused claimed self defense.

Jury Verdict: NOT GUILTY



Charge: Robbery (3rd Strike)
Maximum Sentence: Life

A Los Angeles man was accused of robbery. The accused was at a Metro train station when his friend punched a patron, knocking him unconscious, and took money from his pockets. The District Attorney alleged that the accused distracted the man and stood look out for his friend, thus aiding and abetting the crime. The entire incident was captured on video.

Jury Verdict: NOT GUILTY



Charge: Kidnapping
Maximum Sentence: 8 years

A Los Angeles man was accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend. The girlfriend alleged that she met with the man to discuss their break up when the man took her against her will. She had to jump from a moving car of the freeway and flag down another car to escape. The accused claimed that the ex-girlfriend was lying. He claimed that she jumped from his car out of fear he would inform her parents of their relationship and her current pregnancy.

Jury Verdict: NOT GUILTY



Charge: Assault with a Deadly Weapon Causing Great Bodily Injury
Maximum Sentence: 8 years

An Encino, CA man attended a professional soccer match. He was accused of throwing a full Coca-Cola can into a crowd of people after the opposing team scored a goal. The can hit a cheering fan in the head, requiring several staples and stitches. The accused claims wrongful identification.

Jury Verdict: NOT GUILTY



Charge: Assault with a Deadly Weapon
Maximum Sentence: 5 years.

A South Bay man was a supervisor at a local warehouse. He was accused of attacking one of his employees in the lunch room after an argument. The worker claims he was stabbed with a work tool. The accused denied the altercation. He claimed the worker was fighting with another worker and fabricated this story when he knew the accused would have him fired.

Jury Verdict: NOT GUILTY



Charge: Assault with a Deadly Weapon
Maximum Sentence: 7 years.

A Compton man was accused of beating up a store security clerk. The victim claims that the accused attacked him when he asked the accused to leave the store due to him causing a disturbance. The victim suffered a broken ankle, stitches in his head, and bleach in his eyes. The accused was not injured. The defense was self defense.

Jury Verdict: NOT GUILTY



Charge: Robbery
Maximum Sentence: 5 years

A Lynwood man was accused of taking a phone from a man walking down the street. The man was latter found driving a vehicle with the phone inside the vehicle. The accused claims mis-identification. Although the victim picked the accused out of a lineup, he could not identify the accused tattoos.

Jury Verdict: Mistrial. Judge Dismissed case after trial.

MISDEMEANOR

Charge: Resisting Arrest
Maximum Sentence: 6 months

Downey police officers claim they responded to a fight and attempted to detain the accused. They alleged he physically resisted them, requiring several officers to take him down. The accused claims that the officers routinely harass him and beat his up for no reason.

Jury Verdict: NOT GUILTY



Charge: Resisting Arrest
Maximum Sentence: 6 months.

A Southgate man was accused of resisting officers attempts to book him into custody after being arrested on a warrant. The accused claimed that the officers beat him up while in custody and fabricated the allegations to cover up their wrong doing.

Jury Verdict: NOT GUILTY



Charge: Driving Without the Owner’s Consent (Joy Riding)
Maximum Sentence: 1 year

A Los Angeles teen was arrested driving a stolen Vehicle. He claimed that he did not know the car was stolen and believed it belonged to his friend.

Jury Verdict: NOT GUILTY

Prostitution/Solicitation

Charge: Solicitation
Maximum Sentence: 6 months

A Los Angeles man was arrested by a undercover police officer posing as a prostitute during a sting operation. The officer alleged that the man drove along side her and requested sex in exchange for money. The undercover officer signaled her take down team that arrested the accused. The accused claimed he was just joking with the lady and had no intentions of actually going through with his request.

Jury Verdict: NOT GUILTY



Charge: Prostitution
Maximum Sentence: 1 year

LAPD officers arrested a Los Angeles transgendered woman during a prostitution sting operations. The officers alleged that he picked up the woman and she agreed to have sex for money. The officer alleged that the woman exited the car after he refused to allow her to fondle him. The woman had over a dozen prior prostitution convictions and was carrying twenty one condoms in her purse. She denied all the allegations.

Jury Verdict: NOT GUILTY

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