After a six-month investigation, sheriff’s detectives have arrested a man and woman from Apple Valley in the shooting death of 19-year-old Raquel Rayas at Deep Creek.
Sheriff’s detectives say the two suspects, Joseph Villa and Angela Lucia Sanchez, knew the victim. But detectives did not release any motive that the pair may have had in Rayas’ death, said Cindy Bachman, a sheriff’s spokeswoman.
Villa, 23, and Sanchez, 38, pleaded not guilty to murder charges at their arraignments Wednesday in Victorville Superior Court, according to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office. Continue reading →
VICTORVILLE — A pair of mental health experts may have concluded that a West Covina man accused of the execution-style slayings of a young High Desert couple at an abandoned military bunker is mentally competent to go trial for the killings, say lawyers.
But the decision about Collin Lee McGlaughlin’s present mental competence won’t be up to the experts.
A jury began hearing witness testimony Wednesday as a trial began in Victorville Superior Court to determine whether McGlaughlin is compentent to go trial for the 2008 deaths of Christopher Cody Thompson, 18, of Apple Valley and his 16-year-old girlfriend, Bodhisattva Sherzer-Potter of Helendale.
The jury will decide whether McGlaughlin is mentally competent now, not his state of mind when the crimes occurred.
But before any witnesses testified Wednesday, lawyers for both sides delivered their opening remarks. McGlaughlin is presumed competent, and it’s up to the defense to prove otherwise. Continue reading →
An Apple Valley middle school teacher pleaded no contest Friday to committing a lewd and lascivious act with a former student.
Brenton James Unferth, who taught physical education at Sitting Bull Middle School, changed his plea under the terms of a plea bargain reached with prosecutors at an appearance in Victorville Superior Court, according to court records.
Unferth returns to court Mar. 12 for sentencing. The defendant’s possible sentence was not immediately available.
A man suspected of killing a 52-year-old wheelchair-bound woman in October is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on murder and robbery charges.
Anthony George Gooden, 29, is set to enter a plea on the charges at an arraignment in Victorville Superior Court, according to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.
At his last court appearance Dec. 17, Gooden waived his arraignment, according to court records.
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies say Gooden planned to rob Brenda Robinson on Oct. 8 at her Apple Valley home in the 21300 block of Nisqually Road. Gooden and a second man went to the home, and Gooden shot her before the pair fled.
A man who posed as a firefighter was ordered held on charges of sexually assaulting children who participated in a phony fire explorer program that he created in Apple Valley.
Judge James M. Dorr heard testimony from law enforcement officers at a hearing Monday in Victorville Superior Court and ruled that sufficient evidence existed to hold Robert William Tell for trial on the charges, according to court records.
Tell, 39, returns to court Jan. 6 to enter a plea on the charges.