Cheyenne Mateo Fuimaono Guilty of Murdering Girlfriend's Baby Who Was Bitten, Suffocated

Courtesy of Orange County District Attorney's office
Cheyenne Mateo Fuimaono faces up to 31 years to life in prison.
A Buena Park man who bit his girlfriend's 18-month-old baby boy and four days later wrapped the toddler up in a bedsheet to suffocate him was found guilty by a Santa Ana jury of murder Tuesday.

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Weekender Updater: Sex Offender GPS Bills, Gang Banger's Murder Conviction and More

Megan's Law
New legislation is being proposed in the wake of serial killings to which Steven Dean Gordon is claimed to have confessed.
This weekend you are updated on: Orange County legislators trying to improve Global Positioning System (GPS) monitoring of sex offenders; the murder conviction of a gang member who gunned down a young man on a bike and then handed his hood rat a flower; a man being ordered to stand trial on charges of kidnapping his former live-in girlfriend's teenage daughter and sexually assaulting her over 10 years; mercy shown for an ex-drug dealer who had been indicted for murder in his girlfriend's heroin overdose death; a lost appeal of Orange County's first guilty verdict for human trafficking of a minor under terms of Proposition 35; and the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit in an electrical worker's electrocution in an underground vault in Huntington Beach.

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Weekender Updater: Gang Killer, Boss Slaying, Disputed DUI Manslaughter Sentence and More

It's another busy weekend of updating as we bring details on the conviction of a gang killer of a 14-year-old, the trial starting against a former fugitive accused of choking out his boss, the disputed jail sentence given to a drunk/drugged-up driver who mowed down an elderly jogger, the sanity finding for a mother who drowned her baby girl in the tub, another stay-out-of-jail payment by an embezzling parent-teacher organization president and the new interim leader of the complaint-plagued Irvine Animal Care Center.

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

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

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

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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