The case involving a near fatal shooting of a rival gang member in the Santa Ana area of California in 2011 was brought to the fore once again as the 32-year-old shooter was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment. Bryant Philip Islas was sentenced on March 17th for attempted murder and terrorism, after he pleaded guilty to all charges. The 32-year-old has been remanded in custody since October, 2011.
On November the 29th, 2012, a mistrial was declared when Islas was first brought to face the charges leveled against him. In the first case, the jury was deadlocked 8-4 in favor of the acquittal, and the reason for this was the fact that there were conflicting statements from the witnesses in regards to who the gunman actually was. The victim of the shooting was reportedly a 23-year-old rival gang member.
There was an “alibi” for the defendant who was ordered to attend a mandatory recovery program, however, he did not sign in for his classes on the day the shooting took place. Islas claimed that he was in attendance for his classes and someone actually took a picture of him that day on facility grounds. The individual who took the picture of the convict was also charged with attempted murder, even though he didn’t show up to testify at the second trial.
Reports also indicted the Deputy district Attorney – Erik Petersen for the way that he turned over evidence to the defense. A jailhouse informant was reported to have given an account on how vital information were buried despite the facts that the defendant was identified as the gun man. This is not the first time the deputy district attorney is getting into trouble, he was accused of using jailhouse snitches in the “Dekraii case”- one of the worst mass killing cases in the history of the county.
This resulted in the removal of the Orange county district attorney office from the prosecution, however this case is still under appeal.
According to eye witnesses, the defendant was on lunch break from his classes at the recovery program on Bristol street, August 31, 2011 when he shot his victim. The victim of the shooting nearly died in the hospital but managed to recover from his injuries. In 2011, Islas was arrested for violating his parole, and was sent to a prison in Chino where he was enrolled for a 90-day drug treatment program . Islas was allowed to move from the prison to his classes until he broke his parole terms.
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Six years after the brutal slaying of a 20-year-old girl and her parent, the murderer has now been convicted and has been recommended to be put to death. Iftekhar Murtaza’s lengthy trial for the murder of his previous girlfriend’s sister and parent, as well as the attempted murder of her father, concluded with a conviction on November 22nd, 2013 and a recommendation for Murtaza to be punished by death being released earlier today.
An Orange County jury deliberated for three hours on Thursday December 12th, 2013 before reaching a verdict. Judge Thomas Goethals of the Superior Court chose to wait until Monday December 16th, 2013 to have the verdict read. Iftekhar Murtaza was one of three men convicted in connection with the murders that took place on May 22nd, 2007. The other two, Vitaliy Krasnoperov and Charles Murphy Junior, were also convicted and face life sentences for their offenses. (more…)
Itzcoatl Ocampo has long been suspected to be the culprit of several high-profile homeless man murders, and with good reason. Ocampo reportedly told Orange County police detailed information about why he chose to target homeless men for the murders in question. What drew special attention to Ocampo’s case may have been the number of people he allegedly murdered (sources say six), or even the number of times he was accused of stabbing his victims (some victims as many as 50 stab wounds), but it was instead the fact that Itzcoatl Ocampo was a decorated ex-marine.
Needless to say, Ocampo’s abilities allegedly helped him commit multiple murders throughout the Orange County area, and, in the end, helped him to seal his own fate. Ocampo’s defense attorney made statements that investigators believe Ocampo committed suicide by dosing himself with a lethal amount of Ajax powder, a common household product for which a similar substitute is given to inmates at their request to clean their own cells. Investigators did not relay the same information, but instead offered that it would be premature to say with certainty how Ocampo died.
Ocampo’s pretrial hearing was scheduled for a date in January of 2014 for murders committed between October of 2011 and January 2012. The people for which Ocampo was accused of killing included Juan Herrera, Raquel Estrada, James Patrick McGillivray, Lloyd Middaugh, John Berry, and Paulus Smit. All of the victims were fatally stabbed. (more…)
A young adult male, Gabriel Ramirez, has been arrested and charged with murder following the brutal stabbing of his own mother. Anaheim police officers responded to a 911 call on October 27th around 9 p.m. to find a 42-year-old woman who had been stabbed multiple times. She was quickly transported to UCI Medical Center where she was soon pronounced dead. Her son, Gabriel Ramirez, was immediately taken into custody without resisting and has since been charged with felony murder as well as a sentencing enhancement relating to his alleged use of a deadly weapon.
According to Anaheim police officials, this was not Gabriel Ramirez’s first run-in with the law at his mother’s Anaheim residence. Officials report that Ramirez has had several contacts with police over the previous year and that Ramirez had been recently released from protective custody due to mental issues prior to his mother’s death. 20-year-old Ramirez was the person who called 911 to report the incident, during which he allegedly admitted to stabbing his mother. Ramirez has multiple younger brothers and sisters who were not injured or home at the time of the murder. (more…)