Courts

December 2019

Juror Replaced in Christie Trial; Deliberation to Continue Into Next Week

CHRISTIE TRIAL: After the Defense’s Two-Hour Closing Argument, the Case is in the Hands of the Jury

CHRISTIE TRIAL: In Closing Arguments, Prosecutor Implores Jury to Hold Defendant Accountable for ‘Grossly Inadequate’ Management of Ranches

November 2019

CHRISTIE TRIAL: After Showing Jurors Some Drone Footage, the Defense Rests its Case

CHRISTIE TRIAL: First Defense Witness, Ray Christie’s Cowhand, Testifies That Someone Must Have Dropped Off Dead Cattle in the Middle of the Night

TODAY in COURT: Teen Murder Suspect Will Not Be Tried as an Adult; Christie Jurors Get Day Off

CHRISTIE TRIAL: Wildlife Warden Testifies to Carcasses Floating in Sloughs as Defense Gets Ready to Make its Case

CHRISTIE TRIAL: While Witnesses Testify to Stacks and Stacks of Carcasses Found, Defense Wonders Whether Cattle May Have Been Killed by Wild Animals or Poisonous Plants

Zach Harrison, Convicted Murderer and One-Time Fugitive From Justice, Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison for Alderpoint Slaying

CHRISTIE TRIAL: Prosecutors Allege Rancher Illegally Removed Tags From Cattle to Pass Them Off as ‘Organic’

CHRISTIE TRIAL: Defense Attorney Attacks Investigating Deputy’s Credibility

‘Nothing But a Show’ Rancher Ray Christie’s Attorney Says After Jury Shown Images of Numerous Dead or Dying Cows

ARCATA MURDER HEARING: Was Accused Manila Teen Acting With ‘Criminal Sophistication’ Before the Shooting?

Teen Suspect in Arcata Murder Was a Major Drug Dealer For Years, Psychiatrist Testifies During Hearing on Whether The Accused Should Be Tried As an Adult

TODAY in COURT: Preliminary Hearing in Opera Alley Murder Scheduled for Nov. 25; Fernbridge Hit-and-Run Put Off Until December

October 2019

Rio Dell Man Convicted of Multiple Sexual Assault Charges, Faces Nearly 30 Years

TODAY in COURT: Supervised Release Possible for Former CR Coach; Old Town Murder Suspect Hearing Date Set

Remaining Four Suspects in 2016 Manila Roadside Murder Case Scheduled for January Trial

22-Year-Old Pleads Not Guilty to Brutally Beating Mentally Ill Man to Death in Old Town Alley

‘YOU ARE JUST EVIL’: Man Who Murdered Hoopa Grandmother Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison

McKinleyville Man Sentenced to 22 Years on Child Sex Abuse Charges

Hearing Delay for Man Arrested in Connection with Fatal Humboldt Hill House Collision

TODAY in COURT: Trial of Rancher Raymond Christie Set to Start Later This Month; Torture, Murder Suspect Declines to Show for Hearing

Did Convicted Murderer Zach Harrison Actually Intend to Kill Someone Else?

One-Time Fugitive Zach Harrison Found Guilty of Murder

HARRISON TRIAL: As Proceedings Wrap Up, Defense Attorney in SoHum Murder Case Says Suspect Ran From Law Because He Was Scared of Being Falsely Accused

Harrison Claims Victim in Murder Trial Had Raped Him, But He Denies Pulling the Trigger

McKinleyville Stabbing Suspect Posts Bail, Released From Jail

16-year-old Eureka Boy Gets 10 Years for Cemetery Stabbing Death

‘This is the Only Time in 35 Years That I’ve Seen This Ammunition,’ Forensic Pathologist Testifies in Harrison Trial

Bail Reduced For McKinleyville Man Charged With Voluntary Manslaughter

TODAY in COURT: Cop Who Nabbed Fugitive Murder Suspect Zach Harrison After Nine Months on the Run Recalls the Strangely Placid Arrest

Sentencing for McKinleyville Man Convicted of Attempted Murder Postponed Again; Defense Seeks New Trial

September 2019

Eureka Teen Can’t Withdraw Manslaughter Plea for Cemetery Stabbing, Judge Rules

Witness Wanders Off Forcing Another Delay in Fernbridge Hit-and-Run Case

LEITERITZ HEARING: McKinleyville Resident Will Stand Trial For Manslaughter, Judge Rules

LEITERITZ HEARING: Homicide Victim Was Stabbed in the Back, Says Lead Investigator

LEITERITZ HEARING: 911 Tapes in McKinleyville Slaying Played in Court; Deputy Who Was at the Scene Testifies

Arrested Prosecuted Witnesses in McKinleyville Murder Case Granted Limited Immunity, Offer Contradicting Accounts of Day That Led to Man’s Death

Meltdown in McKinleyville Murder Case: Two Witnesses for the Prosecution Arrested for Contempt of Court This Morning

Rambling Prosecution Witness Says McK Homicide Victim Was Trying to be ‘Knight in Shining Armor’ for Woman Who Didn’t Show Up to Court Yesterday

TODAY in COURT: Eureka Man Pleads Guilty, Gets 15 Years in Prison on Meth Charges; Sentencing for McKinleyville Man Convicted of Attempted Murder Postponed

Hoopa-Area Fisheries Biologist Pleads Guilty to Child Molestation; Agreement With Prosecutor Gives Him 12 Years in Prison

District Attorney Pushing for 16-Year-Old Accused Shooter to be Tried as an Adult in Arcata Murder Case

TODAY in COURT: Pig Slaughter Suspects Heading to Trial; Plea Deal Possible in Hoopa Molestation Case; Defense Attorney Wants Charges Dropped Against Samoa Murder Suspect

August 2019

TODAY in COURT: Four-Year-Old Arcata Murder Case Delayed; Two-Year-Old Eureka Murder Case Also Delayed; Two-Year-Old Orick Murder Case Set for Trial

Hoopa Man Will Answer to Charges of Attempted Murder in March 28 Shooting of Neighbor, Judge Rules

COURT ROUNDUP: DA Alleges Fatal Humboldt Hill Collision Suspect Bailed Out With Illegal Weed Money

COURT ROUNDUP: Supporters Turn Out for McKinleyville Murder Suspect Who Claims He Acted in Self Defense; Eureka Murder/Torture Case Delayed

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


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