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August 2, 1988
In a terse, two-sentence response, a state appellate court Monday rejected an appeal by convicted murderer Craig Peyer that might have led to a new trial. The move clears the way for Peyer's sentencing Wednesday in San Diego Superior Court. The ruling by the 4th District Court of Appeal said the justices had read and considered Peyer's 27-page appeal. It ended with four words: "The petition is denied."
February 11, 1988 | H.G. REZA, Times Staff Writer
Closing statements in the murder trial of former California Highway Patrol Officer Craig Peyer Wednesday were postponed until next week after the lead prosecutor in the case suffered a broken tooth. But during the brief morning session, Peyer's defense attorney expressed concern over a newspaper story that he said "absolutely and totally misconstrued" the defense's position in the case. Superior Court Judge Richard D.
April 15, 1988 | JENIFER WARREN, Times Staff Writer
The attorney representing Craig Peyer, the former California Highway Patrol officer accused of killing a 20-year-old college student, said Thursday that he will not attempt to move his client's second murder trial out of San Diego County. After a closed-door meeting with the Superior Court judge who will preside over the trial, defense attorney Robert Grimes said he planned to withdraw an earlier request that the trial be moved because of excessive local publicity.
July 19, 1988 | H.G. REZA, Times Staff Writer
In a ruling favorable to the news media, a Superior Court judge Monday ruled that a San Diego Union reporter could invoke the California Shield Law and refuse to answer questions about the results of polygraph tests given to convicted murderer Craig Peyer that were leaked to the newspaper during the trial and reported in a story.
July 30, 1988 | H.G. REZA, Times Staff Writer
A judge abused his discretion when he ruled that California's Shield Law protected a reporter who refused to answer questions about a leaked document in the trial of Craig Peyer, a defense attorney argued in a post-conviction appeal filed Friday. The 27-page motion, which was filed in the 4th District Court of Appeal, asked the justices to postpone Peyer's sentencing--scheduled for Wednesday--until they decide whether Superior Court Judge Richard Huffman's ruling was an "abuse of discretion."
February 17, 1988 | H.G. REZA, Times Staff Writer
Cara Knott "exploded" when former CHP Officer Craig Peyer detained her in a darkened, isolated freeway off-ramp and reacted by scratching his face in a defensive move that drove Peyer to kill the San Diego State University student, a prosecutor said Tuesday during closing statements in Peyer's murder trial. "The longer she stayed there, the more anxious she became . . . . She couldn't get away . . . . Finally, she exploded and she scratched the face of her assailant.
February 26, 1988 | JANE FRITSCH and H. G. REZA, Times Staff Writers
Two jurors in the trial of former California Highway Patrol Officer Craig Peyer said Thursday that the jury became hopelessly deadlocked because five members believed the prosecution had shown either no clear motive or insufficient evidence that Peyer murdered Cara Knott. "The big thing that caused the deadlock today was the possible motive," said Victor T. Dingman of Escondido, who was among the five who voted against conviction.
January 28, 1987 | H. G. REZA, Times Staff Writer
Bail was doubled to $1 million Tuesday for Craig Peyer after a judge heard new evidence against the California Highway Patrol officer who is accused of murdering a San Diego State University student last month while he was on duty. Peyer, a 13-year CHP veteran, is charged with strangling 20-year-old Cara Evelyn Knott after pulling her over near an isolated Interstate 15 off-ramp. He was arrested on Jan. 15 and was being held on $500,000 bail until it was doubled by Municipal Judge Herbert J.
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