Articles by Rhonda Parker | Lost Coast Outpost | Humboldt County

Articles by Rhonda Parker

May 2022

TODAY in COURT: Second Ray Christie Trial Scheduled for August; Mother of Convicted Bear River Murderer Can Stand Trial in Humboldt

TODAY in COURT: 50 Years in State Prison For Man Who Shot Sheriff’s Deputy; Judge Denies Prosecution’s Motion to Delay Christie Trial

Criminal Proceedings Against Suspected Kneeland Killer Suspended; Judge Orders Psychiatric Evaluation

April 2022

TODAY IN COURT: Kneeland Murder Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

LIFE: As He Continues to Protest His Innocence, Convicted Rio Dell Murderer Demetrius Coleman Sentenced to Life in Prison With No Possibility of Parole

Plea From Mother of Bear River Murderer Delayed; Can She be Charged as an Accomplice in Humboldt if She Didn’t Learn About the Crime Until They Reached Shasta?

TODAY in COURT: Fieldbrook Kneeland Murder Suspect Says He Wants to Hire His Own Lawyer

Kneeland Homicide Suspect Transferred Back to Humboldt, Will Be Arraigned Next Week

Ettersburg Killer Ryan Tanner Sentenced to 39 Years, but Will be Released Earlier; Friends, Family Members Testify

Second Suspect Must Stand Trial in Hoopa Valley Roadside Murder, Judge Rules

Ulisses Rodriguez Sentenced to Life in Prison for the Murders of Jeremy Kuemmel and Tiffany Ellebrecht

March 2022

Sentencing Delayed for Man Who Bit Off Arcata Officer’s Thumb; Judge Decides to Wait For Out-of-State Mental Health Records

CHRISTIE CASE: Rancher Battling Cancer as Second Trial Looms

TODAY in COURT: Eureka Murder Suspect Jason Miller has New Charges Added at Arraignment; Moore Trial Date Set

TANNER CASE: Judge Drops Arson Charge Against Suspect in Ettersburg Homicide, but the Trial on Kidnapping and Murder Charges is Scheduled to Start Monday

TODAY in COURT: Man Convicted of Rio Dell Murder May Finally be Sentenced Next Month; Alderpoint Murder Suspect Scheduled for Preliminary Hearing

MILLER PRELIM: Murder Suspect Can Stand Trial, Judge Rules, Despite the Fact That No Body Has Been Found

MILLER PRELIM: Witnesses Say Suspect in Eureka Murder Showed Them Victim’s Body, Confessed to Dismembering and Burying Her

Thumb Biter Found Guilty on All Counts; Judge Declines to Jail Defense Attorney for Poor Behavior During Trial

‘He Brought the APD to its Knees,’ Boasts Defense Attorney Of Client Who Bit Off Officer’s Thumb; Jury Begins Deliberations

February 2022

Testimony Wraps in Case of Arcata Man Accused of Biting Off Cop’s Thumb; Defense Attorney Reprimanded For Mocking Officers

Bear River Triple Murderer Gets 150-to-Life Sentence as Relatives of the Deceased Speak Their Truths; Killer Can Apply For Parole in 25 Years

RODRIGUEZ TRIAL: Guilty On All Charges, Says Juror; Convicted Double Murderer Could Face Life in Prison

RODRIGUEZ TRIAL: Jury Still Out After First Day of Deliberations

RODRIGUEZ TRIAL: Defense Lays Out Alternative Theory of the Double Murder as the Case Goes to the Jury

RODRIGUEZ TRIAL: Defense Calls First Witness, Who Cast Some Doubt on the Question of Whether a Previous Witness’s Nickname is ‘Baretta’ or ‘Berrara’

RODRIGUEZ TRIAL: Medical Examiner, Other Evidence Specialists Testify to Manner of Victims’ Deaths

RODRIGUEZ TRIAL: More Witnesses Testify to Suspect’s Actions in Wake of Double Murder; Language Barrier Causes Complications

January 2022

RODRIGUEZ TRIAL: Text Messages Suggest SoHum Murder Suspect Was Planning to Rob His Own Grow Operation, Prosecution Argues

RODRIGUEZ TRIAL: Accused Murderer Spent the Days After Killing Searching for New Cars and Reading About the Crime, Investigator Testifies

RODRIGUEZ TRIAL: Detective Describe How They Tracked Down Double Murder Suspect and a Witness

RODRIGUEZ TRIAL: Terrified Witness Describes Being Forced to Handle Bodies at Gunpoint

RODRIGUEZ TRIAL: First Testimony in SoHum Double Murder Trial Describes How the Burning Vehicle and Bodies Inside Were Found

TODAY in COURT: Two Local Murder Cases Moving Forward

Teenage Driver in Fatal Hoopa DUI Collision Released From Jail With No Charges Filed Yet

CHRISTIE CASE: Judge Shoots Down Arcata Rancher’s Motion to Throw Out Evidence, Dismiss Animal Cruelty Charges

TODAY in COURT: Bear River Triple-Murderer’s Sentencing Delayed; Double-Murder Trial Over SoHum Couple’s 2018 Deaths Scheduled to Start Next Week

Parolee Pleads ‘Not Guilty’ of Attempted Murder of Police Officers in Car-Ramming Case; Bail Set at More Than $1.5M

TODAY in COURT: Eureka Robber Sentenced to 10 Years; Hearing for Highway 96 Murder Suspect Rescheduled Due to Lack of Courtroom Space

Friends and Family of Alderpoint Murder Victim Pack Courtroom as Suspect is Arraigned

CHRISTIE CASE: Defense Presents Aggressive Case for Charges to be Dismissed, Based on Allegations of Police Evidence Tampering

December 2021

CHRISTIE CASE: Judge Rules That Local Deputy Acted Properly When Photographing Dead or Dying Animals During Federal Search of Rancher’s Property

TODAY in COURT: Manslaughter-by-Fentanyl Suspect Declines to Show Up for Hearing; Suspect in Package Thefts Released on Own Recognizance

TODAY in COURT: Fortuna Man Gets Year in Jail For Shooting at Kids Allegedly Harassing Him

TODAY in COURT: SoHum Murder Suspect Gets Trial Date for Separate Kidnapping Case; Man Convicted of Rio Dell Murder Will be Tried For Welfare Fraud Allegedly Committed While in Jail

November 2021

TODAY in COURT: Eureka Man Sentenced to 12 Years For Old Town Knife Slaying

Jurors in Ray Christie’s Second Trial Will Get to Hear About the Hundreds of Carcasses Found on His Properties, Judge Rules

Mom of Bear River Murderer and Her Boyfriend Charged With Being Accessories After the Fact

Judge Gives Four-Year Sentence to Man Who Killed Good Samaritan in Burre Center Skateboard Attack, but With Time Served He Could Be Out in as Little as a Year

McKinleyville Woman Who Drove Through Black Lives Matter Protest Gets Informal Probation, Community Service, $79 Fine