One Man Dead and Second Injured After Shots Ring Out on North Jackson Street in Santa Ana

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Tape like this went up on North Jackson Street in Santa Ana.
One man was shot to death and a second was wounded by gunfire Friday night in Santa Ana.

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Weekender Updater: Pair Cops to Roles in Fatal Placentia Fight; SJC Robber Also Cuts Plea Deal

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The fight happened in the 400 block of South Van Buren Street in Placentia.
Just one story to update you on this weekend and it's a pretty recent one: a September fight in Placentia that resulted in a man's death and had prosecutors considering a homicide count against the accused killer.

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Javier Montoya Faces Murder and Other Counts in Fiery Death After Night of Police Chases

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A 40-year-old man is facing murder and other serious charges for a traffic death that happened after the second of two police chases, with the first one having started in Westminster Monday night.

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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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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

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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

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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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