Man claiming to the Jim Morrison’s son turns down prosecutor’s deal in robbery trial

By Lori Consalvo, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/28/2011 06:05:18 PM PDT

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – A man claiming to be the son of famed Doors’ lead singer Jim Morrison denied a prosecutor’s offer to significantly lower his prison time on a robbery charge Friday.

Clifford Morrison, 42, could get 75 years to life if he is found guilty of robbery and ramming a police car during a chase early last year in Ontario.

San Bernardino County Deputy District Attorney Dinah Touny said she would take the life sentence off the table, and Morrison could have 15 years with an “end date.”

“We offered again today, on the record,” Touny said during the hearing. “It had been conveyed to the defendant’s attorney… and his attorney indicated that he was not interested.”
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Jim Morrison’s alleged son facing life in prison

Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/07/2011 04:51:25 PM PDT

A man who says he is the son of Jim Morrison, the late front man for the band the Doors, is facing charges of robbery and ramming a police car during a chase last year in Ontario.

Wearing an orange jail jumpsuit and restraints on his wrists and ankles, Clifford Marston Morrison sat in the jury box of a Rancho Cucamonga courtroom on Friday, waiting for his case to be called.

With his shoulder-length hair, strong brow and scruffy red beard and moustache, Clifford Morrison catches attention.
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Mental competency trial begins for man in High Desert bunker killings

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.
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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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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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