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.

Second defendant found guilty in Cee Vee robbery, homicides

A jury found a second defendant guilty Friday in the 2005 robbery and fatal shooting of a Highland store owner and a clerk.

Jurors reached the verdicts late Thursday — three days after hearing lawyers’ closing arguments and seeing a compelling security video of the shooting, according to prosecutors.

Court personnel announced the verdicts Friday afternoon in San Bernardino Superior Court, as rows of family and friends of the victims looked on.
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Sentencing of Mynisha defendants postponed in Victorville

The sentencing of two defendants found guilty in the gang slaying of 11-year-old Mynisha Crenshaw was postponed today in Victorville.

Michael Barnett Jr. and Sinque Morrison are now set to be sentenced Wednesday in Victorville Superior Court, said Deputy District Attorney Ron Webster. The delay was caused by a county Probation Department pre-sentecing report that was not received by the court at least five days before sentencing, Webster said.

At trial, Barnett was found guilty of second-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder, conspiracy, shooting at an inhabited dwelling and related allegations, including a special allegation that the crime was committed to promote a criminal street gang.
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Second jury reaches verdicts in Cee Vee homicide trial

By Mike Cruz on December 5, 2008 10:25 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) |

A jury has reached verdicts for a second defendant in a Highland liquor and video store robbery in 2005 that left a store owner and clerk dead, court officials announced.

The verdicts on charges against Darwin Lamont Richardson will be read at 1:30 p.m. today in San Bernardino Superior Court. The jury reached the verdicts late yesterday, but court officials scheduled them to be announced this afternoon, said Deputy District Attorney Dan Detienne.

A separate jury, in the same case, found co-defendant Christopher Turelle White guilty on similar charges earlier this week. White was found guilty of two counts of murder, two counts of second-degree robbery and multiple special allegations, including using a firearm during the acts and committing multiple murders.
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Suspected arsonist of Esperanza Fire in court today

By Stacia Glenn on December 5, 2008 8:49 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) |

A Beaumont man suspected of lighting the Esperanza Fire that killed five firefighters is scheduled to appear in court today in preparation for next month’s trial.

Raymond Lee Olyer, 38, will appear in Riverside Superior Court this morning, a month after a judge denied his request to move the Jan. 5 trial outside of Riverside County.

His attorney, Mark McDonald, argued that media attention would make it difficult to find an impartial jury.
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Macon sentenced to prison in deadly San Bernardino shooting

By Mike Cruz on December 4, 2008 5:48 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) |

Patrick Shaun Macon was sentenced to 23 years and four months in state prison Thursday in the shooting death of 20-year-old Edward Griffin in San Bernardino.

Macon, 28, was convicted Sept. 8 of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter in the shooting. He faces about three decades in state prison if he is sentenced at the maximum term, according to prosecutors.

Of three defendants who went to trial in Griffin’s death, Macon was the only one convicted of shooting the victim inside a vehicle at the intersection of Medical Center Drive and Ninth Street on Feb. 9, 2007.
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