Ferguson Shooting: Top 5 #Dorner Tweets

Chris Dorner and his manifesto: still hot

Christopher Dorner refuses to die, or at the least the idea of the former La Palma resident and rogue ex-LAPD cop won't go away. Witness the sad events taking place in Ferguson, Missouri, where the police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old fellow has led to much unrest--and Twitter call backs to Dorner, who posted a ranting manifesto about racism on social media before murdering his first victims, an Irvine couple.

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Dustin Sean Ross McDonald Met Trio for Possible Drug Deal Before Shooting Them: DA

Categories: 2014 Homicides

See Update No. 3 on Page 2 with OCDA filing charges and alleging the players in the triple shooting may have met up for a drug transaction. Update No. 2 is on the murder arrest. Update No. 1 identifies the fatal shooting victim.

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The condition of the two women was downgraded to critical this morning.

ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 13, 9:07 A.M.: A man in his 20s from Anaheim was killed and two women were injured late Tuesday when another man came up to a parked car they were sitting in and fired 10 to 12 shots at them, according to Santa Ana Police.

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David Arzate Cabrera Slayed Stranger on Freeway, Faces Special Circumstances: DA

See the update at the end of this post on the charges brought against David Arzate Cabrera by the district attorney (which also corrected the spelling of the last name).

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ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 4, 7:03 A.M.: Remember the guy who was shot to death while riding with family members on the 91 freeway through Anaheim last month?

The Anaheim Police Department has announced an arrest has been made in the case but few other details about the circumstances.

Here's what we know at this point: Just after 7:30 p.m. on Friday, David Arzate Cabrera, 45, of Anaheim, was booked at the Anaheim Police Department Temporary Detention Facility on suspicion of murder and possessing a controlled substance and a loaded firearm. His bail is $1 million.

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Kim Pham Trial, Day Nine: Defense, Prosecution Finish Closing Arguments, Deliberation to Begin Today

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The defense and prosecution finished their closing arguments in the Kim Pham trial today. The three-hour court session capped a trial that has now gone on for exactly two weeks. Jury deliberation should begin this afternoon, following final jury instruction from Judge Thomas Goethals after lunch.

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Kim Pham Trial, Day Eight: Prosecution, Defense Makes Closing Arguments

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Deputy DA Troy Pino made his initial closing argument today

The Kim Pham trial is nearing its end, as the prosecution and half of the defense made their closing statements today after less than two weeks in trial. Deputy District Attorney Troy Pino addressed the jury first, following Judge Thomas Goethals' morning jury instructions.

He reiterated a theme that he made in his opening argument: That he was representing the state, not Kim Pham or her family, and that the state was alleging a crime was committed. He then went over each part of his witnesses' testimony.

"Kim Pham was killed," Pino said. "The evidence is very clear. But yet they both deny it, and I wish that were true. If that were true, we wouldn't be here, and Miss Pham would be alive. But they get up there, and they lie."

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Kim Pham Trial, Day Seven: Brito Takes Stand, Defense Rests

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Brito and Zavala enter the courtroom before opening statements

The defense in the Kim Pham trial rested today after testimony by Candace Brito, one of the two defendants in the murder case and the only witness to take the stand today. Closing arguments will be made tomorrow. The jury is expected to begin deliberations tomorrow afternoon or Wednesday morning.

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Kim Pham Trial, Day Six: Vanesa Zavala Takes Stand, Gets Kicked Into Submission by DA

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Zavala during opening statements

Twenty-five-year-old Vanesa Zavala took the stand in her own defense yesterday afternoon after witnessing six days of testimony against her. The accused mother, who has thus far been fairly muted in court, spoke softly but firmly while being questioned by her defense attorney, Kenneth Reed.

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Kim Pham Trial, Day Six: Prosecution Rests After Undercover Cop, Zavala Interview

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Pino during opening statements

The prosecution in the Kim Pham trial rested today after admitting into evidence an audio recording of a police interview with Vanesa Zavala and calling back to the stand a detective who had gone undercover to speak with the woman while she was held in preparation to be booked.

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Kim Pham Trial, Day Five: Judge Goethals Bars Testimony of Possible Missed Video

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The defense during opening statements

After days of discussion with the district attorneys and defense, Judge Thomas Goethals will not allow two brothers to testify about a video they say they saw outside the Crosby the night of Kim Pham's death. According to the brothers, the video was more vivid than the others currently in evidence and actually showed a kick connecting with Kim Pham's head.

Whether or not attorneys would have been able to ask the brothers about the video was in question because the Santa Ana Police Department never successfully collected it and the defense had no chance to review it.

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Agustin Villegas, Shot Dead on 91 Freeway, Subject of Funeral Crowdfunding: Update

Categories: 2014 Homicides

See the update at the end of this post with details on how you can contribute to funeral crowdfunding for Agustin Villegas, who leaves behind a wife and four children.

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ORIGINAL POST, JULY 15, 8:55 A.M.: A 32-year-old Anaheim man was shot to death Monday night while riding as a passenger in a truck that was fired upon on the 91 freeway.

Agustin Villegas, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was among four males in the white Ford F-150 and among two who were shot, according to a statement from Anaheim Police Lt. Bob Dunn. The department spokesman's agency, Anaheim Fire and Rescue and the California Highway Patrol responded to a 9-1-1 call at 8:09 p.m. about a possible shooting on the westbound 91 east of the 57 freeway. That's where the truck's front windows suddenly shattered, Villegas slumped over, and he became unresponsive, Dunn said.

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