Man found guilty after hitting wife with SUV

A jury has found a Montclair man guilty of lesser charges after a meeting with his estranged wife last year erupted into violence and he ran down the woman with a GMC Yukon outside a Chino auto parts store.

Jurors in the trial for Carlos Briseno returned verdicts late Friday in Chino Superior Court, finding him guilty of attempted voluntary manslaughter for the horror he inflicted on 41-year-old Martha Briseno.

Carlos Briseno was also found guilty of assault with a deadly weapon — the SUV — and inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant, court records state. He returns to court Nov. 30 for sentencing.

Prosecutors had sought an attempted murder conviction.
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Walker brothers found guilty in Westside beating death of 63-year-old man

SAN BERNARDINO — A jury found two young men guilty Wednesday in the beating death of 63-year-old Nathan Macon during a fight at a San Bernardino convenience store.

Jurors found Milton Walker, and his brother, Jerome Walker, guilty of second-degree murder in the killing of Macon last year at Jimmy’s Food Store, near Base Line and Medical Center Drive.

The Walkers, in their early 20s at the time Macon was killed, are scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 2. A key piece of trial evidence – a security video recorded from inside the store – showed the Walkers punching a drunken Macon after he had yelled threats.

Family members of the victim cried and hugged eachother upon hearing the verdicts.
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Trial begins in deadly DUI crash

SAN BERNARDINO – Jeffrey Ortiz testified Thursday about the horrific, alcohol-related crash in 2005 that killed his brother and best friend – both just 17 years old – as the first witness called in the trial for Charles Gregory Callion.

Highway patrol officers allege Callion drove a Chevrolet Suburban the wrong way on the southbound 215 Freeway near Grand Terrace and collided head-on into a two-door Saturn carrying the three teens.

Callion had six prior convictions for drunken driving since 1991, say prosecutors. Now he faces second-degree murder charges as part of a six-count criminal complaint in San Bernardino Superior Court.
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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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Court culls mountains, burn areas from jury pool in Old Fire case

SAN BERNARDINO – A Superior Court judge has ruled that residents from the local mountains and northern portions of San Bernardino and Highland will not be among potential jurors in the upcoming trial for suspected Old Fire arsonist Rickie Lee Fowler.

In discussions Friday in San Bernardino Superior Court over a defense motion to exclude jurors from those areas, Judge Michael A. Smith acknowledged that residents in those areas may be “particularly more sensitive” to fire issues.

Lawyers grappled with the idea during court appearance for Fowler where discussions occurred about how best to exclude residents from the pool of potential jurors who may been evacuated, impacted or even lost a home during the devastating wildfire.
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DUI driver convicted in Redlands fatal crash

SAN BERNARDINO – Sara Cisneros had gotten off early at her job at San Manuel Indian Casino in August 2009 for a family celebration, and she was headed home to Redlands.

But on Cisneros’ way home, a Ford F-150 pickup crossed into her traffic lanes on Orange Street, at the wash, and collided head-on into her Nissan Sentra. A 48-year-old Redlands resident and mother, she died at the scene.

The driver of the pickup, Ryan Christopher Wheatley, of Highland, was subsequently arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. Two years later, a jury found Wheatley was responsible for Cisneros’ death.
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Jury finds man mentally competent in “bunker killings” case

The man charged in the killing of a High Desert couple at an abandoned military bunker in 2008 has been found to be mentally competent to stand trial.

Jurors returned the verdict Wednesday in the trial for Collin Lee McGlaughlin of West Covina after receiving the case for deliberation a day earlier, in Victorville Superior Court, according to court records.

McGlaughlin, 21, returns to court Jan.27. He’s accused of shooting to death Christopher Cody Thompson, 18, and his 16-year-old girlfriend Bodhi Sherzer-Potter, following a party at the bunker near Helendale.
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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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Mental competency trial starts for defendant in slayings of High Desert couple

VICTORVILLE – A jury will begin hearing evidence Wednesday in the mental competency trial for a West Covina man accused of the execution-style killings of a young man and woman in 2008 at an abandoned military bunker near Helendale.

Lawyers in the trial for Collin McGlaughlin spent Monday arguing pretrial motions, deciding whether some evidence could be used at trial and selecting a jury. Opening statements are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. followed by testimony Wednesday in Victorville Superior Court.

The issue before jurors is whether McGlaughlin has the necessary mental competency to go to trial again later where he will face murder charges – and the possible death penalty – in the shooting deaths of Christopher Cody Thompson, 18, of Apple Valley and his 16-year-old girlfriend, Bodhisattva “Bodhi” Sherzer-Potter of Helendale.
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Eyler gets trial date in San Bernardino County Assessor’s Office scandal

Former taxpayer advocate Gregory Eyler, one of several people suspected of political malfeasance and fraud in the San Bernardino County Assessor’s Office, has been scheduled for a jury trial in January.

Eyler appeared for a pretrial hearing on Wednesday before Judge Michael Smith in San Bernardino Superior Court.

The trial was set to start Jan.30. Smith said he was “treating this as a firm date.” An assignment calendar date, to ensure the case is ready for trial, was set for Jan.27.
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