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Convicted double murderer Daniel Wozniak has received a recommendation for the death penalty.

The jury, which has been on the case for more than 5 years, deliberated for just over an hour before deciding the former Costa Mesa theater actor should be put to death for the slayings of two friends. Wozniak killed the two in a plot to steal money in order to pay for his wedding.  Continue reading →

The Costa Mesa community theater actor was found guilty on December 16th, 2015 of murdering two people – one of whom served in Afghanistan.

The jury deliberated for only a few hours after the conclusion of the trial which took more than 5 years to complete. In closing arguments, the prosecution claimed that Wozniak hoped to “use his magical acting powers to trick the dumb police” after being investigated for the killings of Sam Herr and Juri Kibuishi. Continue reading →

There are more delays in trying the 5-year old double murder case against Daniel Wozniak.

A judge ruled this week that the District Attorney’s office of Orange County could continue prosecuting the double-murder case of Daniel Wozniak. In his ruling, the judge rejected assertions by Mr. Wozniak’s defense attorney that there was misconduct on the prosecution side, which would have threatened Wozniak’s constitutional right to a fair trial. The judge made his ruling based on a lack of evidence regarding the alleged misconduct. Continue reading →

IRVINE

Alec Scott Abraham sped through a red light, mowing down a family in a Chevy Cruz, killing a 2 year-old girl and her grandmother, while seriously injuring the girl’s mother and 7 year-old brother last month. Abraham fled the scene of the accident. Detectives believe he stole a bystander’s mobile device and phoned a friend for help.

Abraham had been cited multiple times over the last year for speeding, and owned a highly modified Ford Mustang which was involved in the accident. Irvine Police Detective Jonathan Cherney says the department was able to track Abraham down by “pining” his phone. He was arrested in a park in Costa Mesa. Continue reading →

Fall River, MA – April 15, 2015

Jurors hearing the first-degree murder case in Massachusetts against Aaron Hernandez, a former tight end for the New England Patriots, came back Wednesday with a verdict of guilty. The murder, which occurred in 2013, was allegedly carried out in an industrial park in North Attleborough. The victim, Odin Lloyd, was a semiprofessional football player and landscaper by trade. A jogger found Lloyd’s body after he was murdered.

Hernandez, 25, was 23 years old at the time of the murder and had just signed a $40 million contract with the Patriots. The evidence presented by the prosecution over the course of several months included surveillance footage, rental car records, text messages, and elements of the crime scene. The prosecution also put 130 witnesses on the stand in building the case against Hernandez. In contrast, the defense took one day to present witnesses in an effort to rebut the evidence put forth by the prosecution, and then promptly rested.

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Last week on HBO’s documentary, “The Jinx,” real estate mogul Robert Durst seemed to have confessed to killing Kathleen McCormack Durst, Susan Berman and Morris Black, for which he was a prime suspect. The question, however, is can this “confession” be used in court, or will a judge preclude Durst’s statements from being admitted into evidence in a criminal case?

What Durst Said

The confession came during a bathroom break at the close of HBO’s documentary “The Jinx”, in which Durst was interviewed by Andrew Jarecki, a renowned moviemaker (nominated for the Oscar award in 2004 for “Capturing the Friedmans”). Here is what Durst said, as caught by a wireless microphone: “You’re caught. You’re right, of course. But you can’t imagine. Arrest him. I don’t know what’s in the house. Oh, I want this. What a disaster. He was right. I was wrong. And the burping. I’m having difficulty with the question. What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.”

Is the Confession Acceptable as Evidence in Court?

Robert Durst was arrested in New Orleans by the FBI and charged with murder just a day prior to the episode airing. With this confession the case against him appears to be very strong. However, that is not to say that Durst’s lawyers won’t aggressively seek to preclude both the audio and the written transcript from ever coming into evidence in any case against him.

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FULLERTON, Calif

On July 5th, a thirty-seven year old homeless man from Santa Ana named Kelly Thomas, arrived at the UC Irvine Medical Center comatose, with multiple organ failure, multiple fractures to his face and ribs and having suffered respiratory and cardiac arrest, based on an evaluation by a trauma surgeon. He died five days later. Two Fullerton police officers, Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli, were found responsible for Thomas’s death.

Thomas was a homeless man in Santa Ana that suffered from schizophrenia. He has had previous encounters with the cops but for nothing violent. On the night of the incident, Fullerton Police Officers Ramos and Cicinelli were dispatched for the possibility of a man breaking into vehicles in the parking lot of the Fullerton transit center.