Two men ordered held on Fontana double homicide

Two men will be formally arraigned Jan. 6 after being ordered held on murder charges in a double homicide outside a crowded Fontana house party in October 2007.

After hearing testimony and reviewing evidence, Judge Ingrid A. Uhler ordered Francisco Javier Rodriguez and Francisco Gonzalez Jr. held to answer on the charges at a Dec. 23 hearing in Fontana Superior Court.

Victims Aaron Angulo, 21, of Rialto, and Anthony Lopez, 21, of West Covina, were found shot in the 16400 block of El Revino Drive in Fontana. Angulo died at a local hospital, and Lopez died as friends drove him there.

Rodriguez, 21, and Gonzalez, 20, each face two counts of murder, according to court records.

Man sentenced to six years in Griffin shooting in San Bernardino

Norris Anthony Crawford was sentenced to six years in state prison for his part in the 2007 deadly shooting of 20-year-old Edward Griffin.

Under the terms of a Nov. 26 plea bargain, Crawford pleaded guilty to one count of voluntary manslaughter and a special allegation. He was sentenced Dec. 22 in San Bernardino Superior Court.

Crawford received credit for 785 days, equating to more than two years, for time already served in county jail.
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Liggins found guilty in San Bernardino stabbing death

A jury has found Orienthal Liggins guilty in the deadly stabbing of 24-year-old Erika Munoz in front of her San Bernardino home in 2004.

The jury returned the verdict Dec. 23 in San Bernardino Superior Court, according to court records. Liggins, 34, represented himself during the trial.

Liggins was found guilty of murder and a special allegation for the use of a knife, court records indicate. The defendant is scheduled to return to court Feb. 13 for a court trial on his prior offenses.

Authorities found the body of Munoz, which had been stabbed numerous times, with a large kitchen knife through her chest in the front yard of a home in the 700 block of West 10th Street on Dec. 23, 2004.

Trial resumes next month in Victorville nightclub death

Prosecutors are expected to resume their case next month against two men in the 2007 deadly shooting of a security guard at a popular Victorville nightclub.

Testimony in the trial concluded Dec. 23 for the holidays and is expected to resume Jan. 5 in Victorville Superior Court, according to court records.

Alex Romero Watson, 28, of Victorville, and Harold Kirkwood Parker, 29, of Apple Valley, face charges in the shooting death of Jacob Eric Jackson inside the Sand Bar nightclub, on Hesperia Road, in Victorville, in March 2007.

After a fight that started on a dance floor, Watson shot Jackson, 24, of Phelan, in the chest, according to authorities. Watson is also charged with shooting a Victorville man in the groin in the parking lot.

Lawyers prepare for jury selection in deadly arson trial

Jury selection in the trial of suspected deadly arsonist Raymond Lee Oyler is expected to begin next month in Riverside Superior Court.

Prosecutors and Oyler’s lawyer, Mark McDonald, approved questionnaires for potential jurors at a hearing Dec. 19, according to court records. The court wants to ensure jurors would be available through March, records indicate.

Lawyers have already discussed trial scheduling and witnesses before the court, and both sides are set to return Jan. 12 for jury selection.
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Brothers to be sentenced next month in Barstow death

James Ruhollah Harrison and his brother Kwame Alusine Harrison could face up to life in state prison when they are sentenced next month in the 2002 shooting death of a 37-year-old woman.

The defendants are scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 21 in Barstow Superior Court, according to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.

The victim, Mary Ann Jones, was found in her Barstow home with fatal gunshot wounds on Feb. 8, 2002. A jury returned guilty verdicts against pair on Dec. 22, according to court records.

James Harrison, 24, was found guilty of first-degree murder, solicitation of murder and conspiracy, according to court records. Kwame Harrison, 35, was found guilty of first-degree murder and conspiracy.

Jurors fail to reach verdict for second time in murder trial for 1990 Pomona drive-by

A woman charged with murder for her alleged role in a 1990 drive-by shooting will stand trial for a third time after a jury deadlocked this week over the question of her guilt.

Prosecutors say Stephanie Renteria, 36, drove the car in the June 20, 1990 drive-by shooting in Pomona that killed 4-year-old Gilbert Perez.

Police made no arrests in 1990, though Renteria was a suspect, said Antonio Bestard, Renteria’s defense attorney.

Renteria was arrested in January after Perez’s mother, who was with the boy when he was shot, identified Renteria as the driver of the car, Bestard said.

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8-year-old boy told police Megaw abused him daily


UPLAND — Police reports in the public court file of a former Upland elementary school teacher accused of molesting six children detail the allegations of one of the alleged victims.

An 8-year-old boy in James Andrew Megaw’s Valencia Elementary School class told police that Megaw would touch him inappropriately over his clothing on a daily basis.

The boy, who was interviewed by police Oct. 24 at his home, told investigators that the abuse started one week after school started in August.

Prosecutors filed six felony counts of lewd act on a child under 14 years old against Megaw, of Rancho Cucamonga, last week.

Megaw, 42, pleaded not guilty to the charges and is currently free on $600,000 bail.

The boy told police the touching would occur when he would walk up to Megaw’s desk seeking help on an assignment.

While positioned behind Megaw’s desk, out of view of the rest of the class, the boy told police Megaw would rub the boy’s genitals through his clothing for up to 40 seconds.

The boy told police Megaw would ask him, “How do you like that?” and “Does that feel good?” according to the police report.

The boy said Megaw would touch his own genitals while touching the boy.
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Pomona couple charged with murder for daughter’s death to appear in court Tuesday

A Pomona couple accused of allowing their 2-year-old daughter to die from malnutrition will appear in court Tuesday to be arraigned on murder charges.

Prosecutors say Lupe Lopez and Gabriel Garcia, both 28, failed to properly care for Isabelle Garcia, who weighed only 19 pounds at the time of her death.

At a preliminary hearing last month, a foster parent who cared for Isabelle Garcia before the girl was returned to her parents said Isabelle Garcia weighed 20 pounds when she was one year old.

Click here to read the news article on Lopez and Garcia’s preliminary hearing.

Arraignment postponed for Dec. 5 Pomona murder suspects

An arraignment hearing was postponed Monday for two Pomona men accused of murdering 24-year-old Miguel Martin on Dec. 5.

Jose Luis Gutierrez, 16, and Albert Matthew Sandoval, 21, appeared in Pomona Superior Court Monday but did not enter a plea. Their arraignment was rescheduled for Jan. 15.

The morning of his death, Martin got into an argument with two of Gutierrez and Sandoval’s associates, prosecutors said.

Later that day, Gutierrez and Sandoval saw Martin in a market parking lot on Mission Avenue.

Gutierrez dropped Sandoval off, and Sadoval shot Martin to death, prosecutors said.