Courts

February 2020

Eureka City Councilwoman Kim Bergel Files for a Restraining Order Against Virulent Facebooker Cornelius Loewenstein

Eureka Mom Accused of Killing Her Son Pleads Not Guilty

Ettersburg Murder Suspect Enters Not Guilty Plea; Also Charged With Assaulting Two Other Men With AK-47

TODAY in COURT: Agreement Could Mean 11 Years for Man Who Fled from and was Shot by EPD; Orick Murder Trial Postponed

TODAY in COURT: Latest on the Rio Dell, Manila, Hikshari Trail Murder Cases; Trial of Accused Eureka Sex Trafficker Delayed

TODAY in COURT: Last Remaining Suspect in Manila Roadside Murder Set for June Trial; NCJ Embezzlement Case Pushed Back to May

Trial of Eureka Man Accused of Sex Trafficking Delayed Due to His Lawyer Being Arrested for Alleged Drugs and Weapons Trafficking

KOBAK GUILTY: Jury Verdict Will Likely Result in Life Sentence for Eureka Man Who Killed His Friend

January 2020

Fields Landing Man Pleads Guilty to Fatal Humboldt Hill House Collision, Receives Maximum Sentence

KOBAK TRIAL: After Dramatic Closing Arguments, Jury Weighs Possible Murder, Manslaughter Verdict

KOBAK TRIAL: Both Sides Rest Their Cases; Jurors to Hear Closing Arguments Tomorrow; Suspect’s Degree of Drunkenness a Major Hinge of the Case

KOBAK TRIAL: The Suspect in the Eureka Roommate Murder Case Was Drunk, But Just How Drunk Was He?

KOBAK TRIAL: Eureka Murder Suspect Has Trouble Remembering Details of the Day He Shot His Friend

KOBAK TRIAL: Character Witnesses Testify to the Sweet Character of the Defendant, Who Says He Remembers Almost Nothing From the Night of the Killing

KOBAK TRIAL, DAY THREE: Expert Details Victim’s Eight Bullet Wounds

KOBAK TRIAL, DAY TWO: Victim and Suspect Shared Boozy Days, Laughs and Violent Text Messages

19-Year-Old Pleads Guilty to 2017 Rural Humboldt Murder, Will Get 18 Years to Life

Christie Retrial on Felony Animal Cruelty Charges Pushed Back to May; Defense Anticipates Filing Motion to Dismiss

Eureka Roommate Murder Trial Opens; Victim Shot Eight Times Following Day of Drinking and an Unrepeatable Insult, Say Lawyers

Suspects in ‘Manila Five’ Killing Agree to Plea Deals; Shooter to Receive 27-Year-Sentence; One Man Will Still Face Trial

Attorneys Ready for Trial in 2016 Manila Roadside Murder Case

December 2019

Jeffry Tsarnas Must Stand Trial for Fleeing the Scene after Fernbridge Hit-and-Run Incident

RETRIAL: Following Hung Jury, Rancher Ray Christie Will be Retried on Four Felony Counts in February, Prosecutor Says

Fortuna Teenager Held to Answer on Terrorism Charges; Officer Testifies Suspect Kept Journals Referencing Mass Shootings

CHRISTIE TRIAL: Hung Jury Declared After One Juror Out of 12 Declines to Convict Accused Rancher

CHRISTIE TRIAL: Judge Dismisses Apparently Rogue Juror; Deliberations to Start All Over Again With Alternate

CHRISTIE TRIAL: Jurors Scheduled to Return to Deliberations Tomorrow Morning

CHRISTIE TRIAL: Misconduct or Mistrial? One Juror Refuses to Deliberate or Follow the Law, Other Members Tell Judge; Unknown Whether a Mistrial Will be Declared or Possible Rogue Juror Replaced

CHRISTIE TRIAL: Day Six of Jury Deliberations, Still No Verdict

TODAY in COURT: McKinleyville Man Receives Attempted Murder Sentence; Manila Murder Trial Set on Third Anniversary of Victim’s Death

CHRISTIE TRIAL: Day Five of Jury Deliberations Pass With No Verdict; Prosecutors Sick

McKinleyville Man Who Stabbed His Grandpa and Killed a Dog Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison

CHRISTIE TRIAL: Still No Verdict in Local Rancher Animal Cruelty Case! Jury Asks to Re-Hear Veterinarian Testimony

Rita’s Mexican Restaurant Owners Plead Not Guilty to Workers’ Compensation Charges

CHRISTIE TRIAL: Jurors Deliberate All Day For Third Day in a Row, Ask Questions of Judge, Still Can’t Reach Verdict

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


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