Blog Posts in 2009

  • Jury chooses manslaughter

    Mariposa Gazette || 12-Nov-2009

    MARIPOSA - The jurors filed into the courtroom in silence last Thursday. Accused murderer Christopher Michael McCurdy sat the same way, looking extremely anxious. McCurdy was set to hear the fate the seven-woman, five-man jury had for him after a week of deliberation. He was charged with the murder of Lonnie Ritter of Greeley Hill on Dec. 16, 2008. None of the jurors looked at McCurdy as they ...
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  • Murder Case now in the jury's hands

    Mariposa Gazette || 29-Oct-2009

    MARIPOSA - In her final attempt to convince the jury of Christopher McCurdy’s guilt, Deputy District Attorney Kim Fletcher used the defendant’s own words to help her cause. The case went to the jury late Tuesday afternoon. McCurdy is accused of the Dec. 16, 2008, shooting death of Lonnie Ritter of Greeley Hill. He has said the act was in self-defense. Fletcher indicated that his claim ...
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  • Defendants sentenced to a year in jail, probation MERCED - The son of Dos Palos Police Chief Barry Mann and two other young men pleaded no contest in court Monday to robbing a teenager in Merced earlier this year. Nicholas Mann, 18, Stanley Mosby, 18, and Roger Davis, 23, were each sentenced to one year in county jail for the incident, which happened June 5 in the 500 block of Rambler Road. Each ...
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  • Trial starts for 2 accused in shooting

    Merced Sun Star || 11-Sep-2009

    Livingston man says defendants retaliated after son quit gang MERCED - Testimony began this week in the trial of two men accused of shooting a 54-year-old man near Livingston, allegedly because the victim’s son had dropped out of a gang. One of the defendants is the victim’s own nephew. Steven Magana, 25, and Timothy Coronado, 22, are charged with attempted murder and several ...
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  • MERCED - Jurors heard opening statements Tuesday in the trial of a 33-year-old Le Grand man accused of molesting four children and trying to prevent a fifth child from testifying against him in court. George Allen Leavitt is charged with 10 felony counts of child molestation, ranging from oral copulation to lewd and lascivious conduct with children under 14. He’s also charged with witness ...
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