Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Keeping up with the Bodhi Tree proceedings... Jury selection complete - Opening arguments

Rhett August, who was allegedly shot by Bodhi Tree, has a court case of his own. EPD was responding to a domestic violence call and found meth..... ◼ (In February, he was released on a Cruz Waiver.) Now his own case is being delayed again, AND he is testifying about the events leading to the shooting...

Keeping vigil at Tree trial: 'She was one of my best friends' - Lorna Rodriguez/Times-Standard 5/31/14

Tenuous Witness Cred Erodes State’s Case Against Tree - Paul Mann/Mad River Union 5/30/14
"Russo seems very frustrated; Firpo defeating him at every turn"; general consensus among media covering case - John Chiv/Words Worth 5/30/14
In my experience, in Humboldt County, a pound of marijuana would not get prosecuted in this era - John Chiv/Words Worth 5/30/14

Cress cross by Russo concludes in Bodhi Tree, Firpo still doing redirect - John Chiv/Words Worth 5/29/14

3 year supervised probation for Rhett August, alleged first victim in the Bodhi Tree case - John Chiv/Words Worth 5/28/14
Brief Bodhi Tree update from today - John Chiv/Words Worth 5/28/14
Cress still testifying: explains how Bodhi Tree connection with Eureka and Arcata happened - John Chiv/Words Worth 5/28/14 10:05

EPD Detective Peter Cress starts off testimony today in Bodhi Tree trial - John Chiv/Words Worth 5/27/14
Former police detective testifies about motive in Eureka shooting - Lorna Rodriguez/Times-Standard 5/27/14

Discrepancies: Covering the courts; an unexpected advantage. mistakes in the questioning of Rhett August - John Chiv/Words Worth 5/24/14

Eureka shooting victim testifies in Tree trial - Lorna Rodriguez/Times-Standard 5/23/14
Russo cross of Rhett August results in Russo smackdown - John Chiv/Words Worth 5/23/14
Someone rang the doorbell, I remember it clear as day - 5/23/14
Tree Trial Pivots On Motive, Police Work - Paul Mann/Mad River Union 5/23/14

Bodhi Tree's attempted murder victim Rhett August's sentencing postponed for a week  - John Chiv/Words Worth 5/22/14
My friends laughed, women said he deserved it, Rhett August testifies today - John Chiv/Words Worth 5/22/14
I wasn't lying, I remember better now, my mind is clear - John Chiv/Words Worth 5/22/14

Boom Boom Boom Boom, I saw muzzle flash - John Chiv/Words Worth 5/21/14

"He would not let me get past me...he put his hand between my legs" - John Chiv/Words Worth 5/20/14
Witness: Tree made unwanted sexual advances, Details continue to emerge in Arcata double murder case - Lorna Rodriguez/Times-Standard 5/20/14

Highlights of defense opening arguments in the Bodhi Tree trial - John Chiv/Words Worth 5/14/14
Highlights of prosecution opening arguments in the Bodhi Tree trial - John Chiv/Words Worth 5/14/14
Bodhi Tree Jury Trial first day; opening arguments compelling - John Chiv/Words Worth 5/14/14

Opening statements start for Arcata double murder trial, Jury seated after answering 21-page questionnaire - Lorna Rodriguez/Times-Standard 5/13/14
Today, opening statements will begin in the double murder trial for Bodhi Tree, who is accused of killing Christina Schwarz, 18, and Alan "Sunshine" Marcet, 27, in a home on Eye Street on May 18, 2013. Tree also allegedly shot Rhett August in Eureka on May 15, 2013. August survived.

Tree pleaded not guilty to the murder and attempted murder charges. He faces 50 years to life in prison, if convicted. The district attorney's office will not seek the death penalty even though the case is eligible because more than one person died.

Jury selection for the trial began the second week of April, and concluded Friday, Deputy District Attorney Elan Firpo said....

Questions about Firpo, who is a district attorney candidate, are included in the final section. They range from whether potential jurors are considering voting for Firpo and whether her candidacy would influence how jurors view the case....

Bodhi Tree jury selection complete; Trial starts May 14 5/9/14
Bodhi Tree 12 jurors picked; alternates still being selected - John Chiv/Words Worth 5/9/14
Publisher: Court docs unsealed - Judy Hodgson/The Journal 5/9/14

Jury selection in Bodhi Tree case to start tomorrow, expected to take at least two weeks - John Chiv/Words Worth 5/8/14

Jury selection starts for Bodhi Tree trial today - John Chiv/Words Worth 5/5/14

The trial for double murder suspect Bodhi Tree began Monday morning as both the prosecution and defense ironed out the details of how the trial will proceed. - News Channel 3 video at the link.

◼ It's a big day in court today: Bodhi Tree jury selection procedure starts today; Borgner update - John Chiv/Words Worth 5/3/14
Jury selection in Bodhi Tree case to start tomorrow, expected to take at least two weeks - John Chiv/Words Worth 5/3/14

Death penalty not sought in Bodhi Tree case, trial continued to April 7 - John Chiv/Words Worth 3/17/14

Tree's trial date pushed back to April 7 - Kimberly Wear/The Times-Standard
Gallegos: No Death Penalty in Arcata Double Murder Case - Thadeus Greenson/the Journal
Read prior Journal coverage of the case ◼ here. (image(s) source)
KIEM report


Bodhi Tree determination re death penalty case yet to be determined - John Chiv/Words Worth 2/10/14
Rhett August, Tree's alleged victim, released on cruz waiver on his own court case - John Chiv/Words Worth 2/10/14

The trial for a man accused of murdering a teenage girl and the man who was apparently trying to defend her was set Friday for March 24. - Lorna Rodriguez/The Times-Standard 2/8/14

...Judge Dale Reinholtsen presiding. Elan Firpo, prosecutor. Attorney for Tree, Heidi Holmquist.... - John Chiv/Words Worth 2/7/14

Bodhi Tree to be charged with Eureka shooting; details emerge in Arcata double homicide, defendant's mental health history - Thadeus Greenson/The Times-Standard 8/01/13
...Tree, an ex-convict who court documents indicate has a history of mental illness and had been released from prison just six weeks before he is alleged to have opened fire in a Eureka neighborhood. The court documents also indicate Tree confessed to the Arcata killings, telling a friend he'd “just shot two people.”
Officials: Bodhi Tree is 'person of interest' in last week's Eureka shooting - Times-Standard 5/23/13
Police Looking at Bodhi Tree as a ‘Person of Interest’ in Eureka Shooting Last Week - Hank Sims/Lost Coast Outpost 5/23/13
Arcata double homicide suspect pleads not guilty: Case eligible for the death penalty - Lorna Rodriguez/The Times-Standard 5/23/13

Officials: Looking for gun used in weekend's double homicide - The Times-Standard 5/21

DOUBLE HOMICIDE ON EYE STREET (Update 2) - Kevin Hoover/Arcata Eye 5/18/2013 (image source)
Homicide Suspect in Custody (Updated) - Kevin Hoover/Arcata Eye 5/18/2013
Bodhi Tree, 28, arrested in connection with this morning's double homicide. - Kevin Hoover/Arcata Eye 5/18/13
Bodhi Tree Booked On Two Counts Of Murder - Kevin Hoover/Arcata Eye 5/18/13
FOURTH UPDATE: No bail for double homicide suspect - The Times-Standard 5/18
THIRD FOURTH UPDATE: APD details search, arrest of double homicide suspect - Times Standard 5/18/13
SECOND UPDATE: Police ID suspect arrested in double homicide - Times Standard 5/18/13
Update: Police searching for Arcata double homicide suspect - Times Standard - 5/18/13

Suspected Double Homicide in Arcata This Morning (UPDATING) - Hank Sims/Lost Coast Outpost 5/18/13 (image source)

A footnote to history: Bodhi Tree is used to being arrested, sometimes with the aid of APD K-9 officers. He has a history of petty crime in Arcata and elsewhere.... - Arcata Eye Facebook (LINK EXPIRED)
◼ BODHI TREE'S HISTORY: High Speed Chase Ends with Officers uh…Treeing Suspect (click here for previous arrest information) - Kym Kemp/Lost Coast Outpost 10/5/11

Parents of Murder Victim: ‘Her Light Will Always Shine’ - Ryan Burns/The Journal (image source) 5/20/13

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