Tuesday, January 7
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A top Los Angeles County official says embattled longtime Sheriff Lee Baca will announce his retirement. Supervisor Don Knabe (kuh-NAH-bee) tells The Associated Press that Baca informed him late yesterday that he's retiring. The sheriff has scheduled a news conference for 10 a.m. today. Knabe says Baca did not say whether he would retire before his term ends in December. If he does, the Board of Supervisors would be tasked with choosing an interim sheriff.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Closing arguments have begun in the trial of two former Fullerton police officers who are charged in the 2011 death of a homeless man. Prosecutors began their final statement to the jury today in the case against former officers Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli in the death of 37-year-old Kelly Thomas.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — An ex-convict from California got a new lawyer, and a judge in Las Vegas postponed a hearing challenging charges that he abducted and raped a 13-year-old schoolgirl at knifepoint. His lawyer asked for more time to amend documents seeking the release of Richard Schlacta, who's jailed on $1 million bail pending trial June 16. Records show Schlacta served four prison terms on felony convictions in Los Angeles and Orange counties.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A former Marine from Riverside County has been released from prison after an appellate court overturned his conviction for possessing a chrome-plated AK-47 that may have belonged to a member of Saddam Hussein's royal guard. The Press-Enterprise reports court ruled that Joel Cleve Miller of Hemet should have been allowed to present testimony from two witnesses, including his ex-wife, to back his claim that he was framed. The U.S. Attorney's Office hasn't said whether it will seek a retrial.