Tuesday, November 24, 2009


(Donny Ray) Best held to answer to murder charge
The man accused of killing William John Lundy in a Trinidad trailer earlier this year was held to answer to a charge of murder after a brief preliminary hearing Monday.

”I find that there's sufficient evidence to hold the defendant to count one, murder,” said Superior Court Judge Timothy Cissna at the end of Monday's hearing.

Two Humboldt County sheriff's detectives who worked the case, and a California Department of Justice criminologist, were the only witnesses called to the stand Monday.

Best's attorney, Humboldt County Public Defender Kevin Robinson...The case is being prosecuted by Humboldt County Deputy District Attorney Ben McLaughlin.... Cissna set Best's arraignment date for Dec. 2.

Jury selection begins in trial of Whitmill, Flores
Jury selection is scheduled to begin today in the trial of Jason Whitmill and Anthony Flores more than one year after they are accused of participating in a street race down State Route 299 that allegedly caused a collision that killed a 9-year-old girl, according to the Humboldt County District Attorney's Office.

That special brand of cruelty set jury selection for this time of year, ensuring no peace for the family over the holidays.

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