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La Costa man found guilty of murdering ex-girlfriend

CARLSBAD — Despite Jonathan French’s contention that the murder of his ex-girlfriend was unmethodical, it may have been a simple equation that led jurors to believe the slaying was premeditated, the defendant’s attorney said May 11. “Distance equals time and time equals deliberation,” said defense attorney Ken Kaminski, referring to his belief that the jury’s […]

Roommate takes stand in five-year-old murder case

OCEANSIDE — A former housemate of a 24-year-old woman who was murdered and then dismembered came clean April 28 about his time in the Oceanside residence. In the winter of 2005, Liko Hussey was an addict living in a single-family house on East Parker Street with at least five other people, including the victim, Janina […]

Clothing store thief facing life in prison

CARLSBAD — A clothing store manager testified April 29 about a robbery that could land a convicted felon in prison for life. Yvette Slattery, a manager at The Gap located in Carlsbad Premium Outlets, said it was the type of moment that plays back like a video in her mind even though it happened more […]

Former C’bad teacher sentenced for string of molestations

CARLSBAD — A Superior Court judge sentenced a former Carlsbad elementary school teacher to prison April 26 relating to the molestation of several students in his classroom. Dressed in a two-piece suit, Raymond Firth stood emotionless as Judge Daniel Goldstein addressed the former teacher in a Vista courtroom about the ramifications his actions have had […]

Trial begins for the 2005 murder of O’side woman

OCEANSIDE — A young woman on April 22 revealed details about a former Oceanside “meth” house where a 24-year-old girl was allegedly murdered and then dismembered more than five years ago. Yesenia Green, then just 18 years old, said she used to tag along with her now ex-boyfriend, Cesar Sidon, when he would visit the […]

Gardner pleads guilty to killing King and Dubois

SAN DIEGO — Convicted sex offender John Albert Gardner III admitted April 16 to killing two North County teenagers. At a hearing in a downtown San Diego Superior Courtroom, Gardner pleaded guilty to murdering 17-year-old Chelsea King and 14-year-old Amber Dubois. He also pleaded guilty to an assault with the intent to commit rape relating […]

O’side sergeant discusses one of the city’s oldest gangs

OCEANSIDE — “God loves you Primo. And I love you too,” said Martin Englebrecht as a family member prepared to testify against him recently during his attempted murder trial. On April 15, Oceanside police Sgt. Adam Knowland walked jurors through the inner workings of gang life, in particular the details relating to Varrio Posole Locos, […]

Suspect allegedly made threats towards murder victim

VISTA — A 49-year-old man arrested for the recent murder of a boxing trainer has only been charged with making criminal threats toward the victim, prosecutors said. Mark Anthony Diaz was arrested April 7 in his Carlsbad home for an alleged ambush the previous day that killed 52-year-old Hector Gil and wounded two other men. […]

Suspect allegedly made threats towards murder victim

VISTA — A 49-year-old man arrested for the recent murder of a boxing trainer has only been charged with making criminal threats toward the victim, prosecutors said. Mark Anthony Diaz was arrested April 7 in his Carlsbad home for an alleged ambush the previous day that killed 52-year-old Hector Gil and wounded two other men. […]

O’side gang member on trial for shooting at group of teens

OCEANSIDE — A teenager was mistakenly gunned down by his neighbor during a gang retaliatory attack nearly three years ago, a prosecutor said April 5 during her opening arguments in the attempted murder trial. Disgruntled and disrespected, Deputy District Attorney Terri Perez told jurors reputed gang member Martin Englebrecht went looking for redemption on the […]