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  • Closing arguments in case of murdered mother

    || 17-Jun-2013

    MERCED – The trial of a couple accused of killing a Planada woman and kidnapping her baby was in its final stage Thursday, with prosecutors calling the female defendant “the brain” and her boyfriend “the muscle” in the murder-kidnap plot. Maria Ceja Robles and Jose Augustine Velarde are accused of killing Ana Lila Diaz DeCeja on Dec. 2, 2010, and kidnapping her ...
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  • MERCED – Faking a pregnancy using pillows and being drugged against her will. Those were just two of the many claims made by Maria Teresa Ceja Robles, the Planada woman accused of murder and kidnapping, during her testimony in court Friday. Ceja Robles and defendant Jose Augustine Velarde are accused of killing Ana Lila Diaz DeCeja on Dec. 2, 2010, and kidnapping her 2-month-old son, Anthony ...
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  • MERCED - Prosecutors in the trial of a couple accused of killing a Planada woman and kidnapping her baby focused on the female defendant Friday, saying she was a willing participant in the plot. Those remarks came during the second day of opening statements in the trial of Maria Teresa Ceja Robles, 34, and Jose Augustine Velarde, 38, who are both charged with murder in the Dec. 2, 2010, death of ...
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  • Ex-school bus driver makes plea deal in sex case

    || 20-Dec-2012

    MERCED – A former school bus driver accused of inappropriate conduct with a 17-year-old high school student was spared jail this week after reaching a deal with the prosecution. Efrain Orozco, 58, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor solicitation of a prostitute Wednesday. He was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to stay away from the victim, according to Deputy District ...
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  • Plea deals made in deaths at Los Banos club

    || 12-Dec-2012

    MERCED – The case of five defendants accused of killing two men outside the Club Azul nightclub in Los Banos has come to a close, as all of the defendants have accepted plea agreements with the Merced County district attorney’s office. Prosecutors say the victims, Angel Rodriguez, 30, and Ruben Sanchez, 34, were members of the Mongols biker gang, while the defendants are members of the ...
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  • Bus driver pleads not guilty in teen-sex case

    || 13-Nov-2012

    MERCED – A 58-year-old school former bus driver pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Merced County Superior Court over accusations of inappropriate conduct with a 17-year-old high school student. Efrain Orozco is charged with one count of felony attempted unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor — a charge which could mean up to 18 months behind bars, if he is convicted. Orozco, who’s ...
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  • Los Banos nightclub footage may be key in murder trial

    || 5-Sep-2012

    LOS BANOS - Footage from video surveillance cameras could play a role in the case against five defendants accused of killing two members of the Mongols biker gang outside a Los Banos nightclub last summer. They made a brief appearance in court Wednesday in the double homicide case. Twin brothers Armando and Mando Lopez, 22; along with Francisco Esquivel, 21; Joe Castillo, 26; and Isaac Bermea, 19, ...
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  • Livingston teacher released from jail after bail reduced

    || 11-Jun-2012

    MERCED - A Livingston High teacher charged with having sex with her teenage student was released from jail Monday afternoon after a Merced County judge reduced her bail by 70 percent. Judge Marc Garcia lowered defendant Melody Carter-McCabe’s bail from $250,000 to $75,000 after hearing arguments from attorneys on both sides during a bail review hearing Monday morning. Jeffrey Tenenbaum, ...
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  • MERCED - The 43-year-old husband of slain Peterson Elementary School teacher Diane Romero could reach a plea agreement with prosecutors this week, which might put him in prison for life. Attorneys revealed in court Monday they expect a settlement in the case of Rodolfo “Rudy” Antonio Romero, 43, the sole suspect in the September 2010 stabbing death of Diane Romero, 44, at the ...
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  • Sanity in Question for Merced Man Accused of Murdering Wife

    || 12-Jan-2012

    MERCED - A Merced man accused of murdering his wife — a school teacher — is back at the Merced County Jail after state doctors concluded he’s fit to stand trial. But his attorney is challenging whether the defendant is indeed sane. Rodolfo “Rudy” Antonio Romero, 43, is the sole suspect in the September 2010 stabbing death of his wife, 44-year-old Diane Romero, at the ...
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  • MERCED - Three people convicted of killing a 40-year-old man to reap benefits from a nearly $1 million life insurance policy were sentenced to prison Tuesday in Merced County Superior Court. Laura Hernandez, 38; son Erick Camarillo, 21; and Edgar Garcia, 18, pleaded no contest in August to killing Alberto Rodriguez Macias, 40, on March 14, 2010, near Dos Palos. Hernandez, the ringleader and the ...
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  • Shooting Trial Begins For Farmworker

    || 15-Oct-2011

    MERCED - A drunkard with a taste for violence — or a desperate slave to the sins of the bottle? Jurors are facing those conflicting perspectives in the trial of Jose Paz, a farmworker who pumped three bullets into his boss, but then dropped the victim off at Mercy Medical Center. Attorneys on both sides presented opening statements Friday. The victim in the shooting, 60-year-old Edward ...
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  • Case of Home Invasion Assault Now in Hands of Jury

    || 6-Oct-2011

    MERCED - A heartless robber bent on revenge or the target of a set-up by a drug-addled ex-girlfriend? Those opposing viewpoints were offered by attorneys Wednesday during closing arguments in the trial of Joey Cardoza, who’s accused of committing a brutal April 27 home invasion at the home of a 56-year-old Atwater woman. If convicted, Cardoza faces 20 years in prison. Jurors will continue ...
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  • Plea agreement made in Le Grand embezzlement case

    || 29-Sep-2011

    J. Marchini Farms clerk faces 7 to 10 years in prison. LE GRAND - A 58-year-old woman accused of stealing nearly $1 million from Le Grand-based J. Marchini Farms will soon be headed to state prison after pleading no contest to two counts of embezzlement and check fraud. Beverly Roan reached an agreement with prosecutors last Thursday and faces seven to 10 years in prison. She’ll also be ...
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  • Trial in beating of woman set to begin

    || 28-Sep-2011

    Girlfriend of defendant is a key witness for the prosecution. MERCED - The jury trial of a man accused of beating a 56-year-old Atwater woman during a brutal home invasion is scheduled to begin today in Merced County Superior Court. Prosecutors say Joey Edward Cardoza, 34, committed the robbery with girlfriend Kimberly Suzanne Grace, 31, during the early morning hours of April 27 at a residence in ...
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  • Was 2007 Merced killing vengeance or simply an accident?

    || 28-May-2011

    MERCED - A man, who didn’t give a “tinker’s damn” about a court restraining order, determined to commit murder over a failed relationship. That’s how Merced County District Attorney Larry Morse II characterized the case of 41-year-old James White, on trial on accusations of firing two bullets into 33-year-old Stephen Jackson, killing him. Attorneys on both sides ...
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  • MERCED - The trial of accused killer James White was rocked by a seismic development Thursday, as a key witness who had gone missing appeared in court, giving testimony that could be a deciding factor in the case’s outcome. Benito Aguirre told jurors his version of what happened March 8, 2007, the day Stephen Jackson was fatally shot at G Street and Cone Avenue. White, who is accused of ...
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  • Prosecutor cites jealousy as murder trial starts

    || 18-May-2011

    MERCED - A deliberate and vicious murder, fueled by jealousy and rage. That’s how Merced County District Attorney Larry Morse II described the case of James Evertt White, who stands accused of gunning down 33-year-old Stephen Antoine Jackson on March 8, 2007, because of a feud over a woman. Testimony in White’s trial kicked off Tuesday, and attorneys on both sides gave opening ...
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  • Husband incompetent to be tried in Merced teacher killing

    || 10-May-2011

    Trial delayed while defendant goes to state mental hospital MERCED - A 42-year-old man accused of stabbing his schoolteacher wife to death will be sent to a state mental hospital before his trial can move forward, a Merced County judge ruled Monday. Judge Marc Garcia determined defendant Rudy Romero is mentally incompetent to stand trial. He’s accused of killing 44-year-old Diane Romero at ...
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  • Defendants in woman's slaying return to court

    || 24-Dec-2010

    Attorneys get time to review information about the case. MERCED - The couple accused in the brutal killing Ana Lila Diaz DeCeja and the abduction of her 2-month-old son were in court Thursday morning. Maria Teresa Ceja Robles, 33, and her husband, Jose Augustine Velarde, 37, were escorted into the courtroom separately, both handcuffed and wearing yellow jail uniforms. Robles looked around the room ...
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  • Jeffrey A. Tenenbaum, pictured on the right, attorney for Rudolfo Romero who pleaded not guilty in the stabbing of his wife school teacher Diane Romero, during his arraignment Thursday, September 30, 2010 morning in Merced County Superior Courtroom two with Superior Court Judge Marc Garcia presiding. Photo: MARCI STENBERG — Merced Sun-Star. MERCED - In his first public appearance since the ...
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  • Plea agreement reached in case of several burglaries

    || 30-Sep-2010

    MERCED - A 37-year-old burglar who stole from more than a dozen residences, including that of a Merced County Superior Court judge, is heading to prison after making a plea agreement with prosecutors. Kevin Puglizevich was sentenced to 12 years, eight months in prison Wednesday after pleading no contest to eight counts of first-degree burglary, including enhancements, because there were people ...
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  • Judge: Ample Evidence to Try Trio For Dos Palos Murder

    || 25-Aug-2010

    MERCED - Accusations of unbridled greed, threats to abort an unborn baby and a $5,000 hit on a man’s life. Those details emerged Monday during a court appearance by three people accused of murdering Alberto Rodriguez Macias, 40. Macias’ wife, Laura Hernandez, 37, her son Erick Camarillo, 20, and Edgar Garcia, 16, are accused of killing Macias on March 14 near Dos Palos. A fourth ...
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  • Nancy Salas gets probation, community service

    || 14-Aug-2010

    MERCED - Nancy Salas, the former UCLA student who sparked a massive police search in May after faking her own disappearance, was sentenced Friday to three years of probation and 100 hours of community service. Salas, 22, appeared before Merced County Superior Court Judge Glenn Ritchey and changed her not-guilty plea to no contest to a misdemeanor charge of providing a false report to police, said ...
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  • Judge Wants Salas Here For Next Hearing

    || 3-Aug-2010

    Nancy Salas. Ap Photo/Glendale Police Department MERCED - An attorney for Nancy Salas, a 22-year-old Glendale woman accused of lying to Merced police about being kidnapped, entered a not guilty plea in her absence during a brief arraignment hearing in Merced County Superior Court on Thursday. Jeffrey Tenenbaum, Salas’ attorney, said his client was at home in Glendale and didn’t have to ...
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