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September 18, 1988
I have just finished reading an article in today's Times--"New Crowd Bellying Up to Tijuana Bars--Americans Under 21" (Sept. 9)--and I wish you had written that article a couple of weeks ago and published it on Sept. 1. Maybe then Danny David Ornelas, 19, would have gone south to get drunk instead of coming to Newport Beach. Then my friend, Debbie Killelea, would still be alive! Unfortunately, you waited too long, and Debbie is dead. You left one important part out of the article: What happens to those kids after the Tijuana taxis dump them off at the border and they stagger to their cars in the parking lots?
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April 20, 1996 | ANTONIO OLIVO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Danny Ornelas, who served two years in prison for careening into a Newport Beach woman and killing her as she stood with her children outside their home, was convicted Friday of driving under the influence. The jury deliberated less than 20 minutes in Municipal Court in Newport Beach. Ornelas, 26, of Huntington Beach, was found guilty of joy riding while drunk with his friends in February, near the site of his 1988 crash.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 1989
A Superior Court jury began deliberations Tuesday morning on the fate of Danny David Ornelas, 19, who is charged with running down and fatally injuring a mother in Newport Beach last Sept. 1. The case went to the jury after 2 weeks of testimony, including the showing of a videotape of the incident filmed by a passenger, and final instructions from Judge Luis A. Cardenas. Ornelas faces up to life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder.
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February 17, 1996 | TINA NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A convicted drunk driver who killed a Newport Beach woman in 1988 and is now facing another drunk driving charge will remain in jail after his lawyer withdrew a request to reduce his bail. Danny David Ornelas, 26, was arrested Monday on suspicion of drunk driving while drag-racing through a 30-mph residential street. Police said an open case of beer was found in his car.
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March 21, 1989
Rejecting a charge of second-degree murder, an Orange County Superior Court jury found Danny David Ornelas, 19, guilty of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in the Sept. 1 death of a Newport Beach woman, who was standing in an alley with her two children when she was struck by his speeding car. Deputy Dist. Atty. Thomas Goethals argued that a videotape shot by a passenger in the car proved that the Huntington Park man deliberately swerved the car to hit Debbie Killelea, 37.
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November 13, 1991 | From a Times Staff Writer
A drunk, speeding driver who struck and killed a Newport Beach woman in the alley behind her home was convicted Tuesday of vehicular manslaughter after his second trial--a verdict that means he may soon be free. An Orange County Superior Court jury convicted Danny David Ornelas in the 1988 death of Debbie Killelea, 37, a mother of three. The verdict was considered a victory for the defense.
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May 2, 1989 | From Times staff and wire service reports
Danny David Ornelas, 19, today was given the maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for running down and killing a Newport Beach mother of three Sept. 1. Ornelas of Huntington Park was drunk and speeding when he struck and killed Debbie Killelea, 37, in the alley behind her Balboa Peninsula home in front of her two sons. Brian Killelea, 40, her husband, told the judge before sentencing, "I am not a vengeful person. However, I represent the American family, and all I want is justice."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 1991
Re "Judge Orders the Release of Drunk Driver in Alley Death" (Nov. 16): As a Balboa Peninsula resident, I was distraught by the untimely death of Debbie Killelea in September, 1988. Danny David Ornelas is responsible, whether "free" or not, for the brutal death of a 37-year-old woman. Her three children and husband will be forever impacted by a single drunken joy ride that has been justified by a two-year sentence now completed by Ornelas. I, like the Killeleas, live on an alley and witness constantly the stupidity of apparently intoxicated youths speeding through our narrow alleys and streets; Balboa seems to attract this deadly behavior.
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February 17, 1996 | TINA NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A convicted drunk driver who killed a Newport Beach woman in 1988 and is now facing another drunk driving charge will remain in jail after his lawyer withdrew a request to reduce his bail. Danny David Ornelas, 26, was arrested Monday on suspicion of drunk driving while drag-racing through a 30-mph residential street. Police said an open case of beer was found in his car.
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February 17, 1989 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, Times Staff Writer
The murder trial of a 19-year-old Huntington Park man accused of running down and killing a Balboa Park woman with his car last summer will begin Wednesday in Superior Court in Westminster, it was decided Thursday. Danny David Ornelas, traveling at reported speeds of more than 50 m.p.h., is charged with hitting Debbie Killelea, 37, with his Nissan 200SX Sept. 1 near her home as her two young sons looked on in horror.
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February 14, 1996 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Danny David Ornelas appeared in court Tuesday to face new drunk driving charges and was greeted by family members of the Newport Beach woman he ran down and killed in a 1988 drunken binge. He also was scolded by a judge who hiked his bail to $25,000 for the misdemeanor charge. "I cannot conceive of anybody in their right mind who, having slaughtered another person while under the influence of alcohol, is out there doing it again and reckless driving," Municipal Judge Margaret R.
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February 13, 1996 | TINA NGUYEN and GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A drunk driver who made headlines in 1988 for fatally striking a woman near her Balboa Peninsula home in front of her two children was arrested again Monday on suspicion of drunk driving and drag-racing. Police stopped Danny David Ornelas, 26, after he sped through a residential area just miles from the site where he killed Debbie Killelea, Sgt. John Desmond said. Beer was found in his car, and he failed a field sobriety test, Desmond said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 1991
Re "Judge Orders the Release of Drunk Driver in Alley Death" (Nov. 16): As a Balboa Peninsula resident, I was distraught by the untimely death of Debbie Killelea in September, 1988. Danny David Ornelas is responsible, whether "free" or not, for the brutal death of a 37-year-old woman. Her three children and husband will be forever impacted by a single drunken joy ride that has been justified by a two-year sentence now completed by Ornelas. I, like the Killeleas, live on an alley and witness constantly the stupidity of apparently intoxicated youths speeding through our narrow alleys and streets; Balboa seems to attract this deadly behavior.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1991 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Saying that he was compelled to act against "common sense," an Orange County judge Friday ordered the release of a man who was tried and convicted twice for killing a Newport Beach woman in a drunk driving accident. Danny David Ornelas, 21, was ordered released because he has already served more than the two-year sentence he received Friday. He walked out of the Orange County Jail to freedom at 10 p.m.
NEWS
November 13, 1991 | From a Times Staff Writer
A drunk, speeding driver who struck and killed a Newport Beach woman in the alley behind her home was convicted Tuesday of vehicular manslaughter after his second trial--a verdict that means he may soon be free. An Orange County Superior Court jury convicted Danny David Ornelas in the 1988 death of Debbie Killelea, 37, a mother of three. The verdict was considered a victory for the defense.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1991 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A speeding driver who struck and killed a Newport Beach woman in the alley behind her home was convicted Tuesday of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in his second trial--a verdict that means he may soon be free. An Orange County Superior Court jury convicted Danny David Ornelas, 21, in the 1988 death of Debbie Killelea, 37, a mother of three. The verdict was considered a victory by the defense.
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May 3, 1989 | BILL BILLITER, Times Staff Writer
After hearing two hours of emotional testimony, a judge Tuesday sentenced Danny David Ornelas, 19, to 10 years in prison for running down and killing a Newport Beach mother of three while a passenger inadvertently videotaped the incident. "It is with a heavy heart that I do this, Mr. Ornelas, but I must do what I must do," said Orange County Superior Court Judge Luis A. Cardenas. Ornelas was convicted by a jury March 20 of gross vehicular manslaughter in the death of Debbie Killelea, 37, in an alley behind her Balboa Peninsula home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1991 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A speeding driver who struck and killed a Newport Beach woman in the alley behind her home was convicted Tuesday of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in his second trial--a verdict that means he may soon be free. An Orange County Superior Court jury convicted Danny David Ornelas, 21, in the 1988 death of Debbie Killelea, 37, a mother of three. The verdict was considered a victory by the defense.
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November 7, 1991 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the retrial of a young man charged with drunkenly killing a woman in a car accident that was captured on a dramatic videotape, the defense attorney Wednesday blamed the fatal outcome on the victim for acting "like a traffic cop." But the prosecutor countered that the defendant's drinking and driving made him "an accident waiting to happen."
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February 15, 1991 | JERRY HICKS
County prosecutors say that if their appeals fail, they will retry Daniel David Ornelas, whose vehicular manslaughter conviction was reversed last month by an appellate court. Ornelas, 20, was convicted in 1989 of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence while intoxicated for killing Debbie Killelea of Newport Beach.
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