Courts

August 2019

At Sentencing, Eureka Teen Who Previously Admitted to Cemetery Killing Requests to Withdraw Plea

Accused McK Killer Acted in Self-Defense, Says Attorney; Leiteritz Pleads Not Guilty, Receives Restraining Order Against Woman

TODAY in COURT: Hearings Postponed For Fernbridge Hit-and-Run Suspect, Man Accused of Threatening Church Group Visiting HSU

Child Sex Abuse Suspect Offered 12-Year Sentence for Guilty Plea

‘Please Forgive Me,’ McK Man Cries Before Getting 15 Years for Running Over, Killing 16-Year-Old Girl While Drunk

STAPP PLEADS NOT GUILTY: Man Accused in Fatal Humboldt Hill House Collision Faces Up to 16 Years in Prison, Remains Free on Bail

Man Arrested After Fatal Humboldt Hill House Collision Charged With Gross Vehicular Manslaughter

Trial Date Set for County Building Inspector Accused of Scamming People Into Investing in Imaginary Marijuana-Delivery Business

July 2019

Animal Cruelty Charges Dropped Against Co-Defendant in Arcata Pig Slaughter Case; Will Go to Trial for Grand Theft, Possession of Stolen Property

Eureka Skateboarder Accused of Murder Pleads Not Guilty

Eureka Teen Pleads Guilty to Stabbing Kid to Death at Oceanview Cemetery; Voluntary Manslaughter Deal Could Result in 12-Year Sentence

Couple Testify County Building Inspector Scammed Them Out of $50k Investment in Imaginary Marijuana-Delivery Business

Local Approach of Criminalizing the Homeless is Counterproductive, Grand Jury Report Finds

Trial Begins For Former County Planning Official Charged With Bilking Growers and Others Out of Tens of Thousands of Dollars

Eureka Woman Held Without Bail for Alleged Torture, Murder of 19-Year-Old Woman

Arcata Man Held to Answer for Attempted Murder; 2018 Shooting Stems From Four-plex Family Dispute on Heather Lane, Prosecutors Charge

Man Arrested After Fatal Humboldt Hill House Collision Out on Bail; Court Records Reveal Previous Speeding, Hit-and-Run Convictions

June 2019

Suspected Big Time Humboldt Heroin Dealers Will Stand Trial

Fortuna Teenager Accused of Terror Threats Against Church Youth Group Pleads Not Guilty; Bail Lowered to $50,000

Accused Kidnapper Franklin Molina to Stand Trial on Charges That Could Earn Him Life in Prison

Eureka Man to Stand Trial for Murder of 62-Year-Old Old Town Resident; Detectives, Witnesses Lay Out Evidence Against Suspect in Preliminary Hearing

A Fight Between Humboldt Stakeholders Over the Klamath Dams is Impacting Environmental Protections Across the Country

‘Well, We Waited,’ Accused Arcata Pig Killer Told APD Officer Upon Being Discovered Next to Pile of Freshly Butchered Meat

Accused Arcata Pig Killer Will Stand Trial; Defense Argues Suspect Believed He Had Right to Slaughter ‘Princess’

DA: 38-Year-Old Eureka Child Rapist Found Guilty on 16 Felony Charges, Faces Life in Prison

Eureka Man Accused of Threatening to Kill Family Will Stand Trial

May 2019

Convicted of Fortuna Murder-For-Hire 30 Years Ago, Stephen Chiara Now Charged in DUI Death of Former Humboldt County Investigator

DA: Suspect in Fatal McK Hit-and-Run Was On Multiple Drugs; Judge Denies Bail Due to ‘Severity’ of Crime

Suspect in Fatal McKinleyville Hit-and-Run Appears in Court; Pleads Not Guilty to Vehicular Manslaughter, DUI

Eureka Man Who Pleaded Guilty to Molesting Children Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

First Suspect in Arcata Pet Pig Slaughter Appears in Court; Miller Arraigned on Charges of Animal Cruelty, Grand Theft

McKinleyville Woman Arrested for Manslaughter After Allegedly Striking, Killing Pedestrian Saturday Morning

COURT ROUNDUP: Former Fugitive Zach Harrison Set for Murder Trial in September; Arcata Slashing, Dinsmore Shooting Trials Also Scheduled

Convicted Killers From Humboldt County Seek Re-Sentencing Under California’s New Felony Murder Rule

McKinleyville Man Found Guilty of Attempted Murder For Attacking Girlfriend’s Sleeping Father With a Knife, DA Says

FISHER CASE: Former Humboldt Correctional Officer, Convicted Child Molester Sentenced to 106 Years in Prison

DEADLOCKED: Mistrial Declared In Eureka Child-Molestation Case After Jury Can’t Reach Conclusion

Still No Home For Sexually Violent Predator; For a Third Time, Judge Feeney Denies Local Placement for Joshua Cooley

Chad Smith Trial Jury Still Struggling to Reach a Verdict

Judge Drops Felony Charges in Former CR Basketball Coach’s Domestic Violence Trial, Doubts Jury Will Convict

Jury in Chad Smith Child Molestation Case Can’t Reach Unanimous Decision on Most Serious Charges, Foreman Tells Judge

April 2019

Closing Arguments in Chad Smith Child Molestation Trial; Case Goes to Jury; Court Roundup on Fisher, Tsarnas Cases

‘Kai the Homefree Hitchhiker,’ Former Humboldter and Hatchet-Wielding Viral Sensation, Convicted of First-Degree Murder

Chalking Tires for Parking Enforcement Violates the Constitution, Federal Court Rules

SoHum Kidnapping Suspect’s Court Date Canceled Due to a Severe Case of Scabies

Arcata Woman Who Killed Her Infant Daughter Committed to Mental Hospital

CHAD SMITH TRIAL, DAY ONE: Opening Statements on First Day of Second Trial for Alleged Eureka Child Molester

TODAY in COURT: Former HSU Basketball Coach Pleads Not Guilty to Burglary; No One’s Sure if Two Murder Suspects are Mentally Competent to Stand Trial

Trial of 15-Year-Old Accused of Murdering Eureka Kid at Cemetery Will be Delayed; Defense Attorney Needs Time to Complete Investigation

Arcata Man to Face Attempted Murder Charges Over Last Week’s Highway 299 Shootout


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