Efrain Bautista Reyes, 23-Years-Old, Killed in Anaheim Sunday Night in Suspected Murder

Categories: 2014 Homicides

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Driving towards downtown Anaheim late Sunday night, I noticed a number of patrol cars with their lights flashing. A late-night run to Mos II? Herding hipsters? Fighting back protesters?

Nope--murder scene. Residents near the 300 block of East Valencia Avenue called the cops around 9:45 p.m. with reports of gun shots. When police arrived, the body of a 23-year-old Anaheimer laid next to a car. Coroners identified the man as Efrain Bautista Reyes.

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Christine Reynolds, 71, Held in Fatal Shooting of Her 96-year-old Mother Gretchen DeStefano

Categories: 2014 Homicides

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Christine Reynolds and her mother apparently had a spat.
You don't read a sentence like this very often: A 71-year-old woman is facing a murder rap and being held in Orange County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail in the fatal shooting of her 96-year-old mother.

Christine Reynolds and her mother Gretchen DeStefano apparently had some kind of domestic dispute before the shooting that was reported around 4:20 p.m. Thursday in a residence at 11272 Wallingsford Road, Rossmoor, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department. Deputies and Orange County Fire Authority paramedics arrived to find the 96-year-old woman dead from an apparent gunshot wound.

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Brandon Joel Busse and His Pet Shop Haircut Held in Fatal Hit-and-Run of Guy in Wheelchair

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Video did in Brandon Joel Busse.
A 28-year-old Fullerton man--who based on looks alone could win the title role in the Broadway musical version of Taxi Driver--was held in Orange County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail for allegedly mowing down a man in a wheelchair and driving away without stopping earlier this month.

Surveillance video in the area of the crash in Fullerton caught a Ford Explorer with significant front-end damage.

That led investigators to the parking lot of a Tustin motel, where Brandon Joel Busse was arrested Saturday night on suspicion of felony hit-and-run causing injury or death, according to Fullerton Police Sgt. Kathryn Hamel.

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Diego Gutierrez Murillo I.D.'d as 20 y.o. Fatally Stabbed in Anaheim: Update

Categories: 2014 Homicides

See the update at the end of this post identifying the man who was fatally stabbed.

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The melee started in the area of East Sycamore and North Pauline streets in Anaheim.

ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 22, 12:08 P.M.: A victim police described only as a male in his 20s was stabbed to death in an Anaheim street brawl early today that also resulted in the stabbing of a second person with the same police description.

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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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David Arzate Cabrera
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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