By Staff Writer Lori Fowler
The arraignment for a woman accused of killing six people during a drunken-driving crash in Diamond Bar was delayed Tuesday in Pomona Superior Court so defense attorneys can go over more than 800 pages of discovery.
Olivia Culbreath, 21, of Fontana was present and in custody for what was scheduled to be her arraignment. But Judge Thomas C. Falls continued the hearing until May 21 to allow the defense to look over the large number of documents. Bail remains set at $6 million, Falls said.
Los Angeles County Deputy Public Defender Ramiro Cisneros said they have already received a lot of discovery but he expects to get even more.
“We’re going to need to read all those documents to properly prepare for this case,” Cisneros said explaining the delay. Cisneros said he is not the attorney in this case but someone will be assigned to it soon.
Culbreath has been charged with six counts of murder in the deaths of Gregorio Mejia-Martinez, 47; Leticia Ibarra, 42; Jessica Jasmine Mejia, 20; and Ester Delgado, all of Huntington Park; Kristin Melissa Young, 21, of Chino; and her sister, Maya Louise Culbreath, 24, of Rialto.
California Highway Patrol officers said Culbreath was driving her red Chevrolet Camaro the wrong way on the westbound 60 Freeway on Feb. 9 when she slammed into a Ford Explorer. All occupants of the Explorer died, as did Culbreath’s two passengers.
Culbreath has been in custody since the crash, first in the hospital and then in Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles. At the court hearing Tuesday, Culbreath was once again wheeled in on a gurney. She was wearing a hospital gown and handcuffed to the rails of the gurney.
When asked how Culbreath is doing, Cisneros said she is scared and grieving.
“Miss Culbreath is very scared given the situation she is in,” he said, adding that she knows she is charged with multiple counts of murder.
“At the same time, she is also grieving for the people who died as a result of this incident.”