Arrest Warrant Issued for Peter G. Chadwick, Millionaire Who Bailed Out After Wife's Murder

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Booking photo courtesy of Orange County District Attorney's office
Peter Chadwick is missing and his wife Quee (R.I.P.) is still gone.
Here's a reality of the American justice system: Poor schlubs accused of murdering their wives on even pencil-thin evidence get bails set so high that they remain in jail for years before their trials begin. Rich clucks accused of murdering their wives on even super-solid evidence make their bails and get released before trial. Take the case of U.K.-born millionaire Peter Gregory Chadwick, who allegedly murdered his wife in their Newport Coast home in October 2012, made his $1 million bail that December and is now AWOL.

Or dead.

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Weekender Updater (on Monday): Family Murders and Near-Murders Fill OC Courtrooms

Monday edition!
I'm just back from a short vacation aimed at compounding cirrhosis of my liver, which means I was unable to get Weekender Updater up before the weekend. So in this special Monday (and family mayhem!) edition we have prison sentences for a son who murdered his dad so he could drive the old man's car to his girlfriend out of state, and a mom who lost her bid for an insanity plea in the attempted stabbing murders of her young daughters. Also, a teen admitted to the hammer attack of his father, a reserve Orange County sheriff's sergeant, and a Santa Ana mom was convicted of first-degree murder for
drowning her 2-month-old daughter in a bathtub, but the sanity phase starts Tuesday.


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Ean Keith Brown Faces Trial Today for the First Orange County Homicide of 2012

Categories: 2012 Homicides

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Courtesy of Huntington Beach Police Department
Ean Keith Brown allegedly led officers on a high-speed chase before his arrest.
Trial is expected to begin this morning in Santa Ana for the third-striker parolee blamed for the first Orange County homicide of 2012.

Ean Keith Brown, 41, is accused of choking out a 21-year-old woman some time between Jan. 6-8, 2012, in his recreational vehicle that was parked in the driveway of his parents' Huntington Beach home.

Opening statements are scheduled to begin at 9:15 a.m. in the trial of Brown, who is charged with felony murder and sentencing enhancements for two prior strike convictions and serious felony priors for second degree robbery in 1995 and burglary in 2008. A conviction could send him to state prison for 85 years to life.

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Weekender Updater Returns with Killers, Defendants, Dearly Departed and 2 Local Flicks

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It's back
Haven't done this in awhile, and judging by the backlog that was a mistake. Click on through for updates on stories we've been following on Navel Gazing.

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Reda Hassan Safieddine Gets 18 Years to Life in Prison for Murder of Tagging Crew Rival

Courtesy of Fountain Valley PD
Reda Hassan Safieddine's lawyer claimed self defense.
A 21-year-old man has been sentenced to 18 years to life in state prison for shooting and murdering a former tagging crew rival in a 7-Eleven parking lot.

The lawyer for Reda Hassan "Big Reda" Safieddine had claimed the then-18-year-old acted in self defense when he fatally shot Valle "Bam Bam" Valeriano, 17, on Aug. 13, 2012, in Fountain Valley.

But a jury on Sept. 18 found Safieddine guilty of one felony count of second degree murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death and one misdemeanor count of brandishing a firearm.

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Steven Joseph Bruno Guilty of Slaying Father

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Courtesy of IPD
Steven Joseph Bruno GUILTY!
UPDATE, OCT. 29, 4:44 P.M.: After six hours of deliberation, a jury just found Steven Joseph Bruno guilty of second-degree murder for fatally shooting his adoptive father in the chest and head in his Irvine condo. The prosecution, which sought first-degree murder, claimed the slaying was premeditated so the 23-year-old could have money and a car to drive to Ohio to finally meet his Internet girlfriend. The defense countered Ernest Bruno was shot and killed about 9 p.m., Aug. 30, 2012, with a .40-caliber semi-automatic Glock handgun because the younger man feared the 60-year-old.

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Reda Hassan Safieddine Guilty of Shotgun Murder of 17-Year-Old Tagging Crew Rival

Courtesy of FVPD
Reda Hassan Safieddine in 2012
A jury today found a 20-year-old Fountain Valley man guilty of murdering an unarmed teen rival from a "tagging crew" with a shotgun blast to the neck in the parking lot of a convenience store.

Jurors in Santa Ana deliberated about four hours before convicting Reda Hassan Safieddine, who as a DJ went by "Big Reda," of second-degree murder and brandishing a firearm and found true a sentencing enhancement for the personal discharge of a gun.

He faces up to 40 years to life in prison at his scheduled sentencing Nov. 7.

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Eder Giovanni Herrera's Lawyer Says OC Law Enforcement Has Blood of 4 Men Killed by Itzcoatl Ocampo on Its Hands

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Courtesy of Orange County District Attorney's office
Eder Herrera is most peeved his "wrongful imprisonment" made him miss his mother and brother's funerals.

The lawyer for a Yorba Linda man claims Orange County law enforcement has the blood of four homeless men on their hands because they focused on his client as the fatal stabber of his mother and brother when the real killer was his former best friend, confessed serial killer Itzcoatl "Izzy" Ocampo.

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Heriberto Erick Vergara Calvillo Gets 22 Years for Role in Slaying of Popular IVC Student

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Courtesy of Mikel Anthony Williams family
Mikel Anthony Williams, R.I.P.

A 28-year-old man who'd admitted his involvement in the fatal stabbing of a popular Irvine Valley College student was sentenced today to 22 years in state prison.

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Joseph Robert Suess Gets 51 Years to Life for Stabbing-Murder of Mikel Anthony Williams

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Courtesy of Mikel Anthony Williams family
Mikel Anthony Williams, a popular Irvine Valley College student, was fatally stabbed Aug. 30, 2012, in an Anaheim alley.

One of two men convicted in the killing of a 55-year-old Irvine man--and the only member of the pair found guilty of first-degree murder--was sentenced Thursday to 51 years to life in state prison.

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