October 31, 1990 |
Winery worker Ramon Salcido was convicted Tuesday of a murderous rampage through the Sonoma Valley wine country 18 months ago that left his wife, two young daughters, three of his in-laws and his boss dead. Superior Court Judge Reginald Littrell told jurors to return next Wednesday to begin hearing testimony in the trial's penalty phase in which they will decide whether to recommend the death penalty or life in prison without parole.
November 15, 1992 |
Midway through his Saturday night of murder--after he killed three men he blamed for an eviction, before he took a shotgun into a card room to settle another old score--the lanky eccentric known to locals as Crazy Jim paused to record his explanations. His note, printed with a trembling hand, filled the back of an auto parts receipt. It would be found later, after he had committed suicide, the seventh and last to die.
August 10, 1993 |
A jury ruled Monday that a man who shot up a high school, killing his former teacher and three students, was sane at the time, clearing the way for a possible death sentence. Eric Houston, 22, was armed with a shotgun and sawed-off rifle when he strode onto a high school campus in Olivehurst in May, 1992. The teacher he killed, Robert Brens, 28, had given him a failing grade that kept him from graduating. Houston was convicted last month on four counts of murder.
September 11, 2001 |
Security guard Joseph Ferguson had no criminal record and passed his state-required tests with flying colors. He shot his .38-caliber and 9-millimeter handguns accurately and safely, and seemed to understand how and when to use deadly force. In fact, instructors at the Sacramento shooting range where Ferguson trained Saturday thought he was the kind of student you would want in every class.
November 18, 1998 |
Prosecutors wrapped up their case against accused serial killer Charles Ng by presenting a series of cartoons Tuesday that they said the defendant drew of his alleged murder victims while in a Canadian prison. The state rested its case two months after the trial began and well ahead of schedule.
August 19, 1994 |
The state Supreme Court refused Thursday to block the transfer to Orange County of Charles Ng's trial on charges of 12 sex and torture murders. Ng is being held in Calaveras County, where prosecutors say the murders occurred and some of the victims were found. His lawyers sought a transfer because of pretrial publicity but argued that the case should be tried in San Francisco, where a 13th murder was allegedly committed.
November 15, 1997 |
A handgun allegedly used in the slayings of four people was stolen in June from the car of an off-duty sheriff's deputy at a park near the suspect's home, authorities said Friday. "It was the same weapon that was reported missing. We haven't received the ballistics report back saying it was used in the killings, but we're very confident we have the same weapon," San Joaquin County Sheriff's spokesman Mike Padilla said. Suspect Louis James Peoples, 35, was arrested Wednesday in front of his home.
April 4, 1990 |
A Superior Court judge said Tuesday that both sides in the Ramon Salcido mass murder case have tentatively agreed on moving his trial to Contra Costa, San Joaquin or San Mateo counties. Salcido is charged with the murders last April of his wife, Angela, 24; daughters, Sofia, 4, and Teresa, 1; his mother-in-law, Marion Richards, 47; Richards' daughters, Ruth, 12, and Marie, 8; and his boss, Tracy Toovey, 35.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 1995 |
The Board of Supervisors has reluctantly signed off on an agreement that holds the state and a Northern California county responsible for the cost of trying accused serial killer Charles Ng, whose trial was moved here before Orange County's Dec. 6 bankruptcy. Supervisors had repeatedly said cash-strapped Orange County should be relieved of the massive and costly trial, which was transferred from rural Calaveras County last year because of extensive pretrial publicity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 2001 |
Five Californians who helped lead police to a mass killer in September will receive a $50,000 reward, after the governor Friday overruled arguments that they didn't qualify for it because the suspect killed himself. "After reviewing the information, I will reverse a staff decision regarding the $50,000 reward," Gov. Gray Davis said in a statement. A Sacramento woman and four companions helped to guide authorities to suspect Joseph Ferguson, who killed five people in a rampage Sept. 9.