Courts

January 2022

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

October 2021

Humboldt Hill Man Sentenced to 46 Years to Life for Sexually Abusing Children; Plus, Arcata Bar Stabber Gets 37 Years to Life for Murder, Assault

McKinleyville Man Sentenced to 14 Years for Shooting a Man in the Groin, Then Kidnapping His Own Wife

GUILTY: Teenage Suspect in Bear River Triple Murder Pleads to Three Murder Charges, Will Be Sentenced in January

Fortuna Man Pleads Guilty to Assault in ‘Ding Dong Ditch’ Case in Which a Kid Was Shot in the Leg

Convicted Pig Slayer Gets Three Years For Other Crimes Committed While Released From Jail

Crooked Humboldt County Building Inspector Sentenced to a Year in Jail

Jury Convicts Eureka Man of Evading Police, Vehicle Theft and Drug Charges

TODAY in COURT: Accused Attorney Quits His Own Case; Trial of Hoopa Murder Suspect Delayed Again

Former Humboldt County Correctional Officer Pleads Not Guilty to McKinleyville Bar Shooting

Eureka Man Found Guilty of Stabbing His Uncle

Convicted Sex Offender Michael Flowers Sentenced to 160 Years to Life for Rape of Local Woman

Arcata Rancher Ray Christie Set to Face Second Animal Cruelty Charges in January

TODAY in COURT: McK Man Sentenced to Year in Jail for Fatally Stabbing Man Who Attacked Him. PLUS: Dirty Building Inspector, Absent Mom

September 2021

DA’s Office Reaches Decision on Plea Deal for Bear River Triple Homicide Suspect, But Announcement On Hold Due to Continuance

Jury Convicts Five-Time Felon of Residential Burglary and Assault

CHRISTIE RETRIAL: Misdemeanor Charges Dropped Against Arcata Rancher Accused of Animal Cruelty

HSU Student Sentenced to 10 Years For Sexually Assaulting Intoxicated Victims

Rancher Ray Christie Equipped With New Los Angeles-Based Lawyer, Who Again Asks for More Time to Prepare for Trial

Hearing on Hold in Bear River Triple Homicide While Parties Mull Plea Deal

TODAY in COURT: Trial Dates Set for Hikshari Murder Suspect, Eureka Attempted Murder Suspect, Suspect in Shooting of Fortuna Juvenile

August 2021

TODAY in COURT: Another Delay in Case of Woman Accused of Reckless Driving For Plowing Through McK Black Lives Matter Protesters

Judge Rescinds Order That Would Have Released Sexually Violent Predator Josh Cooley From State Mental Hospital

Orick Man Who Poached Old Growth Redwood Burl Sentenced to Probation, Community Service and Banned From Parks

McK Man Must Stand Trial on Charges of Shooting Friend in the Penis During Alleged Robbery Attempt, Judge Rules

Humboldt County Supervisors Appoint Luke Brownfield as Public Defender

TODAY in COURT: Former Building Inspector Pleads Guilty to Bribery; Bail Denied for Mayhem, Kidnapping Suspect

Ready or Not, Ray Christie is Going to Trial in October

Ray Christie Fires Colorful, Outspoken Southern California Attorney Two Days Before Trial

TODAY IN COURT: Defense Puts Forward Plea Offer in Bear River Triple Murder; Plus: The State of Play in Three Other Local Homicide Cases

July 2021

Rancher Ray Christie’s Attorney Asks For Yet Another New Trial On Top of His Client’s Already Impending Retrial

Suspect in Hikshari Trail Murder Must Stand Trial, Judge Rules

Aggressive Dog Allegedly Owned by Chris Brown Found Loose in Humboldt County, Euthanized on Christmas Eve After Serious Biting Incident at Singer’s LA Home

June 2021

McKinleyville Man Charged in Federal Court for Being a Felon With a Firearm and Meth for Distribution

McKinleyville Woman Convicted of Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated Receives Shortest Allowable Sentence

(GRAPHIC) Doctor Provides Testimony Detailing Autopsy Performed on Victim in Hikshari Trail Murder


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