Articles Posted in Homicide

On Wednesday November 18, a 29-year-old Downey police officer was shot to death while sitting in his own car. According to news reports at Fox News, Officer Ricardo “Ricky” Galvez, a former Marine, was in plain clothes and sitting in his own vehicle when two men ran up and opened fire on Galvez.

News reports state that in all, three attackers were arrested within hours of the shooting, which authorities believe occurred as the result of a botched robbery. The three attackers were 16, 18, and 21 and were reportedly on the lookout for someone to rob when they saw the officer sitting in his car.

Lt. John Corina of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept. said that Galvez had just ended his shift when the attack happened, and that he believed the attackers did not know he was a police officer when they attempted to rob him. Corina did not believe Galvez saw the young men coming toward him. The gunshots were heard by another officer who chased the suspects as they fled into Montebello. SWAT officers swept surrounding neighborhoods in their attempt to capture the three men; the getaway driver was arrested a short time later, and a gun found that was believed to be the one used in the shooting.

On Friday July 10, Long Beach Police Dept. detectives arrested a man in connection with the July 4th murder of 38-year-old Allen Estes who was found stabbed to death at Anaheim Street and Dawson Avenue. According to news sources, 24-year-old Norman Matthew Perdon, Estes’ former roommate, is accused of the killing. He is now facing murder and weapons charges.

Authorities say Perdon fatally stabbed Estes during an argument, and that a dispute had been ongoing that stemmed from the time they spent as roommates. Estes was reportedly stabbed in the early morning hours and was found by police near the intersection at approximately 5:30 a.m., where he succumbed to his injuries. News reports did not reveal details of the ongoing dispute between the two men.

At last report, Perdon was being held in the Long Beach jail on more than $1 million bail.

Mary Virginia Jones, a 74-year-old Los Angeles woman who has been incarcerated for 32 years in connection with a 1981 murder, was scheduled to be released from prison on March 25, according to a news article at CBS Los Angeles.  A judge ruled on Monday that she would be released for a murder which was committed by her abusive boyfriend, Mose Willis, who died while on death row.

Jones was convicted in 1981 on charges of kidnapping, robbery, and first-degree murder in a shooting death related to dealing drugs, according to the report.  Law students at USC’s Post-Conviction Justice Project worked to free Jones, who they say would not have been found guilty had the jury been allowed to hear testimony on the effects of battered women’s syndrome, now known as “intimate partner battery.”  The project claims that Mose Willis, Jones’ boyfriend at the time, forced her to drive to an alley after he kidnapped two drug dealers; he then shot both, and one of the men died.  Supervising defense attorney Heidi Rummel, who is co-director of the USC justice project, said that Jones ran after Willis shot at the men, expecting that Willis would shoot her and possibly kill her, too.

One week before Willis shot at the two drug dealers, he allegedly shot at Jones’  daughter and threatened that if police were contacted, he would kill them both.  Jones said before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William Ryan on Monday that she believed entering a no contest plea to voluntary manslaughter was in her best interest in regards to getting out of custody, but that she did not participate in the crime willingly.  Judge Ryan gave her credit for time served, setting aside her convictions and ordering that she be set free.

On Wednesday March 5, 29-year-old Jose Angel Perez Jr. was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the death of 20-year-old Nath Ouch, who was eight months pregnant at the time she was gunned down in southeast Fresno in February of 2006.  According to the Los Angeles Times, Ouch’s husband was so despondent over his wife’s death he took his own life a short time later.

Ouch was struck by a bullet in the early morning hours as Perez and another gang member opened fire at an apartment complex where rival gang members lived.  Perez fled to Mexico after the shooting, and was not tracked down for some five years before being located and arrested by the FBI.  Sokmorn Chea is the other gang member who was allegedly involved in the fatal shooting; he is serving life without parole following his 2007 conviction.

Prior to sentencing, Perez spoke to Ouch’s family, apologizing for his actions and saying “I’m here as a man today to accept responsibility for my actions.”

On Friday, August 16 a birthday party was being held at an East Oakland home for an individual who was not named in news reports at Insidebayarea.com.  Late that evening, two people lost their lives and another was injured after shots rang out just after 11 p.m.  Police said that two men were killed, and one man wounded in the shooting.

The names of the deceased have not been released, although news reports did say that one of the men was an Oakland resident who was 38 years old.  The man who was injured was said to be in critical condition, and is 52 years old.  Another man suffering gunshot wounds showed up at an area hospital later, although authorities did not know whether he sustained the gunshot wounds at the party.  Considering two men died and one was hospitalized with injuries, the responsible party or parties may be facing multiple criminal charges when apprehended.  Firearms charges are also a possibility.

According to police, about a dozen individuals were outside the home where the party was being held when others showed up, and gunfire erupted just moments later.  The unidentified victim died at the scene; the 38-year-old male victim succumbed to his injuries at an area hospital early the next morning.

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez charged with murder in the first degree in the case of Odin Lloyd’s death. Hernandez’s pleaded not guilty to six charges he’s facing, which include the charge of murder; one count of carrying a firearm without a license; two counts of possession of a large capacity firearm; and two counts of possession of a firearm without a valid ID card.

Aaron Hernandez was denied bail on Thursday before the Superior Court Judge Renee Dupuis in Fall River, ordering Hernandez back to jail. Aaron Hernandez’s defense team, who is led by James Sultan, argued that his client should have been allowed on bail. There are only a few factors that come into play when considering denying bail, there must be substantial grounds for believing that the defendant would abscond, poses a risk to society or to a specific person and/or  interfere with witnesses.

In Aaron Hernandez’s case it is completely fair to say that he is not getting treated fairly by the judicial system. Let me explain, one of the key reasons as to why bail is denied must be that the defendant is a flight risk, meaning that Aaron Hernandez might leave the county, which I may add even if he wanted to flee he couldn’t due to his celebrity status. Another factor comes into play when bail is denied, the judge must feel that the defendant poses a threat to society or to any persons related to the case. In Aaron’s case the evidence brought against him are circumstantial. Hernandez’s lawyer argued that the prosecution had not given evidence that shows who actually shot Lloyd and that there was no eyewitness testimony.  The fact that he has no criminal record and he wouldn’t be a flight risk he should have been released on bail.