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Updates on all homicide cases.

Trial against Clifton Johnson continues with forensic evidence

Clifton Johnson’s Defense Attorney Harry Tun told the court his client carried a gun the night Dwayne Grandson was killed because he was afraid of getting robbed. In court Wednesday, Tun argued that someone broke into his client’s home before and that’s why he carried a gun and suggested the same fear led him to kill […]

Detective details murder suspect Jose Rodriguez’s history of alleged violence

At a preliminary hearing Tuesday, Detective Michael Fulton gave a detailed narrative on Jose Rodriguez’s alleged violent history with women. Rodriguez is facing charges of killing his girlfriend Pamela Butler several years ago. Police have never found Butler’s body. According to Fulton, in January of 2004, a woman told police Rodriguez-Cruz was acting strange, held her […]

Prosecution offers Christian Romero plea bargain for April 2016 murder

Christian Romero, the man accused of fatally stabbing 38-year-old Dimas Fuentes-Lazo, was presented in court Wednesday for a status hearing. The prosecution started off the proceeding by informing the judge he turned over all evidence in the case to the defense. He also formally offered Romero, 23, a plea bargain. Under the parameters of the plea […]

Judge rules in favor of prosecution motion in Otis Byrd murder case

Brandon Byrd, the 20-year-old man charged with his father’s murder, was presented in court Monday for a status hearing. The prosecution filed a motion relating to evidence in his case. As part of his motion, the prosecution mentioned previous records. Defense attorney Emily Barth, rebutted the motion and said that the prosecution did not meet […]

Dwayne Grandson’s mother testifies at his murder trial

The government and defense lawyers gave opening statements on Tuesday, for the trial of Clifton Johnson charged with the alleged murder of Dwayne Grandson. In his opening address to the jury, United States Attorney Richard Barker, said the case is about a man who” fired eight shots” at Dwayne Grandson. Barker described to the jury […]

Government calls key witnesses for Clifton Johnson trial

The events that led to the death of Dwayne Johnson were described to the jury Wednesday by key witnesses presented by the government. Dominique Massenburg, the man who gave Clifton a ride to the restaurant  the night he allegedly murdered Dwayne Grandson, testified in court Monday. When asked to describe to the jury what he saw […]

Medical Examiner testifies in Dwayne Grandson murder trial

The medical examiner who performed the autopsy of Dwayne Grandson, confirmed to the jury Wednesday that Grandson died of gunshot wounds. During his testimony, Assistant Medical Examiner Dr. Zabuli Ali told the jury he was able to determine Grandson was shot in the torso. Ali found three entrance and exit wounds of gunshots in Grandson’s […]

Court selects jury for Clifton Johnson Trial

The court moved forward Monday with a jury selection as they prepared to head to trial for Clifton Johnson, in his connection with  24-year-old Dwayne Grandson’s murder. The judge told potential jurors that they “took an oath” and it is hers as well as the lawyers’ jobs to make sure they (jurors) are as unbiased as […]