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.

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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.

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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.

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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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