Steven Dean Gordon Confessed He and Franc Cano Slayed 5 Prostitutes: Grand Jury Report

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Steven Dean Gordon and his partner pleaded not guilty in May.
Half of the pair of alleged serial killers of prostitutes in Orange County confessed to police about the murders, the disposal of bodies in trash bins and how there was a fifth, yet-to-be-identified victim, according to a grand jury transcript unsealed Monday.

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More Bad News for Drug Rehab Center with Counselor Facing Murder Charge for DUI Crash

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The Shaun Eagleson Memorial Fund
Neil Storm Stephany pleaded not guilty to murdering Shaun Eagleson (shown with wife Olivia).
A Costa Mesa drug and alcohol recovery center that had a counselor charged with DUI murder in October is dealing with more negative press this month: the city claims one of its group homes in a residential neighborhood had 11 more beds than legally allowed after some shady moves to avoid detection.

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2-Year-Old Boy's "Suspicious" Death Sparks Homicide Investigation in Santa Ana

Categories: 2014 Homicides

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You hate seeing this go up when there is a 2-year-old victim.
Santa Ana police homicide detectives are investigating the "suspicious" death of a 2-year-old boy who was found dead in his bedroom.

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Larry Shin Faces Trial for Murder, But Hearing Reveals More About Victim Aubreyanna Parks

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Larry Shin had a beef with Keisha Clark, prosecutors claim.
Before an Orange County Superior Court Commissioner found sufficient evidence Tuesday to continue with the trial against Larry Shin, more details became public as to why sheriff's homicide investigators honed in on the 36-year-old so quickly as a murder suspect.

But the hearing also shed light on the unusual double life of Aubreyanna Sade Parks, a 17-year-old who also went by Keisha Clark before her bloody body was found face down on a curb in an upscale Yorba Linda street on Feb. 4. She had been repeatedly stabbed.

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Robert Gabriel Rodgers Could Get Death for Fatal Stabbing at Volcano Tea House: Update

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Robert Gabriel Rodgers could face the ultimate punishment.
UPDATE NO. 3, NOV. 18, 2:11 P.M.: Robert Gabriel Rodgers could receive the death penalty in the fatal stabbing of Ceaser Ramirez-Rafael at Volcano Tea House in Garden Grove on Friday, based on the charges filed against the accused.


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Maximino Fuentes Clara's Alleged Fatal Stabber Ruben Martinez Has a Criminal Past: Update

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Ruben Martinez is facing a murder rap in Sunday night's stabbing.
UPDATE NO. 3, NOV. 18, 1:53 P.M.: Ruben Martinez, who is accused of fatally stabbing his mother's boyfriend Maximino Fuentes Clara during a street fight in unincoporated Anaheim Sunday night, has a criminal past, according to court records. The 27-year-old Anaheim resident has a 2009 conviction for carjacking and a 2008 conviction for stealing a car in Riverside County, according to Senior Deputy District Attorney Keith Burke.

Martinez is scheduled to be arraigned some time today on a murder count with a sentence-enhancing allegation of use of a dangerous or deadly weapon.

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UPDATE: Vanesa Zavala, Candace Brito Sentenced to Six Years in Prison for Kim Pham's Death

Categories: 2014 Homicides

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Brito (left) and Zavala (right) at the beginning of the trial

Vanesa Zavala and Candace Brito, the two women found guilty in July of voluntary manslaughter in the case of Kim Pham, who was beaten to death outside a Santa Ana nightclub, have each been sentenced to serve six years in state prison.

UPDATE, Nov. 14 12:34 p.m.: Check page two for reaction to the verdict and the lead up to Goethals' decision.

The ruling came today courtesy of Judge Thomas Goethals at the Orange County Superior Courthouse who at one point bemoaned the fact that while neither woman had started the melee that led to Pham's death, neither had helped diffuse the situation.


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Edgar Jovany Campos, 15 y.o. Victim of Nov. 7 Drive-by, Dies So Cops Now Have a Homicide

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Police have no description of the suspect vehicle or suspect(s).
Homicide detectives are turning to the public for help in finding the shooter of 15-year-old Edgar Jovany Campos, who was shot Nov. 7 in the 400 block of North Laurel in Santa Ana and died early Thursday at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange.

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Andrea Gonzalez and Lexi and Lexandra Perez Services TONIGHT and SATURDAY: Update

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Lexi and Lexandra Perez Huerta and their friend Andrea Gonzalez were taken much too soon.
UPDATE, NOV. 7, 3:01 P.M.: A rosary for Andrea Gonzalez and a wake for Lexi and Lexandra Perez will be held this evening in Orange and Santa Ana respectively, while services for each begin Saturday morning.

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Christopher Lee Jason Held in Murder of Popular South County Salesman Ronald Belk

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Lots of police tape went up Halloween weekend.
A Colton man has been arrested in Saturday's triple shooting in an unincorporated area of Fontana that left Trabuco Canyon dental supply salesman Ronald Belk dead.

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