Trial begins in deadly beating at Westside San Bernardino store

SAN BERNARDINO – Emotions ran high Monday at the trial for two brothers accused of beating to death a 63-year-old man at a Westside convenience store.

A woman in the courtroom gallery reacted with a loud “wow” as prosecutors played for San Bernardino Superior Court jurors a video from a security camera that showed Nathan Macon being punched several times.

Moments later, another woman erupted into tears and was yelling as she left the courtroom. Loud sobs and yelling could be heard in the hallway.

The reaction came while the owner of Jimmy’s Food Store – the trial’s first witness – testified about the March 2010 deadly confrontation with Macon and the defendants, San Bernardino residents Jerome Walker and Milton Walker, then 22 and 21.
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Trial begins in deadly Westside beating

SAN BERNARDINO – The trial began Tuesday for two brothers accused of fatally beating a 63-year-old man after police say he held open a door for them at Jimmy’s Food Market on the city’s Westside.

Prosecutors and attorneys for Jerome Walker, 24, and Milton Walker, 23, argued several motions in San Bernardino Superior Court to decide whether some evidence would go before the jury.

The Walkers are charged with murder in the death of Nathan Macon last year.

The defense sought to allow Macon’s police citations for being drunk in public be used at trial, as well as evidence of violent acts involving family members.
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Prelim to be scheduled for two men accused of beating Giants fan at stadium

Two Rialto men are back in court next month in the beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium.

Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood appeared Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, where they are set to return Nov. 4 to schedule the date for a preliminary hearing, according to sports news web site ESPN.com.

At a preliminary hearing, a judge listens to witness testimony to determine if sufficient evidence exists to support the charges and hold over the defendants for trial.

Stow, 42, and a father of two, remains hospitalized after he was beaten in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium as fans left the Opening Day game.

Deputy charged in domestic dispute returns to work

Melissa Pinion-Whitt, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/29/2011 02:41:21 PM PDT

A San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy suspected of beating his girlfriend in Beaumont and then holding police at bay before his arrest returned to work at the Sheriff’s Department less than a week after the incident.

Alfredo Lopez, 32, was released Sept. 22 from Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside and was cleared to come back to work late last week, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Bachman. He is assigned to Central Detention Center in San Bernardino.

“Our policy does not prohibit an employee from working during the legal process,” Bachman said. “In this case, we understand he’s facing misdemeanor charges.”

Beaumont police received a call at 2:53 a.m. Sept. 18 regarding a domestic dispute in the 1300 block of Bird of Paradise Court. Lopez fled the residence by the time officers arrived.
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Trio face capital charges in RC man’s death

SAN BERNARDINO – Two of the three people accused of killing a mentally challenged Rancho Cucamonga man in July will need new attorneys because they could face the possible death penalty or life in state prison.

The trio – Antonio Marquis Eubanks, his half-brother John Fitzgerald Dozier and Crystal Ann Carmelo, Dozier’s wife – appeared before Judge Kenneth Barr Thursday in San Bernardino Superior Court where the new lawyers were discussed.

Prosecutors allege the three defendants killed Matthew Thomas Cook, 29, in July at a San Bernardino apartment building for financial gain. Cook was beaten to death and left in a trash can, say San Bernardino police.
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Last defendant sentenced today in killing of Jerry Ramirez

By Mike Cruz on December 4, 2008 12:03 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) |

A man charged in the shovel beating and deadly shooting of 22-year-old Jerry Ramirez in 2005 was sentenced today as friends and family of the victim, some of whom wore dark-colored memorial t-shirts, looked on.

Judge Brian McCarville sentenced Edward Vincent “Vinny” Hernandez to 50 years to life in state prison during proceedings in San Bernardino Superior Court.

A jury found Hernandez guilty of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and found true a special allegation for the use of a gun in the death of Ramirez, whose badly beaten body was found dumped in Waterman Canyon with seven close-range gunshot wounds to the head in November 2005.
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Last defendant sentenced today in killing of Jerry Ramirez

By Mike Cruz on December 4, 2008 12:03 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) |

A man charged in the shovel beating and deadly shooting of 22-year-old Jerry Ramirez in 2005 was sentenced today as friends and family of the victim, some of whom wore dark-colored memorial t-shirts, looked on.

Judge Brian McCarville sentenced Edward Vincent “Vinny” Hernandez to 50 years to life in state prison during proceedings in San Bernardino Superior Court.

A jury found Hernandez guilty of first-degree murder and found true a special allegation for the use of a gun in the death of Ramirez, whose badly beaten body was found dumped in Waterman Canyon with seven close-range gunshot wounds to the head in November 2005.
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Mom enters not-guilty plea in fatal beating

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Article Launched: 11/12/2008 07:19:59 AM PST

Iyesha Marie Lightcsy pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning in Fontana Superior Court to beating her 17-month-old daughter to death.

Lightcsy, 27, and boyfriend Ivan Benjamin Hancock, 46, are charged with murdering Amber Russell on Aug. 4, 2004, in Colton. Colton police were called to an apartment after receiving a report that a child wasn’t breathing. Amber died not long after.
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After two deadlocked juries, man takes plea bargain in San Bernardino murder

Two different juries have deadlocked this year on murder charges against Edward Hernandez in the death of 22-year-old Jerry Hernandez in San Bernardino.

But Hernandez gave up the fight this week, when he took a plea bargain worth three years in state prison.

Hernandez, 50, pleaded guilty to one count of being an accessory, under the terms of the agreement with prosecutors, during proceedings Monday in San Bernardino Superior Court, according to court records.
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Fugitive in 2006 Colton slaying captured in Mexico

By Stacia Glenn on October 20, 2008 11:10 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) |

A long-sought fugitive in a 2006 beating death of a 72-year-old Colton man was arrested in Mexico over the weekend, authorities said today.

Jonathan Julian Ramirez, 30, was captured Saturday morning in the Colima area by U.S. Marshals.

Colton police have been looking for Ramirez for more than two years for the May 2006 killing of Enrique Bermudez, who was beaten with batstools, hands and feet in La Veranda Family Restaurant after asking Ramirez and his brother to watch their language in front of their waitress.

Days after Bermudez’s death, the District Attorney’s Office charged Ramirez and his brother, 27-year-old Omar Ramirez, with murder. Omar Ramirez was captured earlier this year in Mexico and is now in a San Bernardino County jail.

The case was featured weeks ago on “America’s Most Wanted.”

stacia.glenn@inlandnewspapers.com