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  INDIO (CNS) - A man who wildly fired an AR-15 rifle from inside his family's home, killing two Palm Springs police officers who had responded to a domestic-disturbance call at the residence, should be sentenced to death, a jury recommended today.
   Jurors deliberated for less than two hours before recommending the death sentence for 28-year-old John Hernandez Felix, who was convicted May 20 of murder and other charges for the killings of veteran Officer Jose Gilbert ``Gil'' Vega, 63, and rookie officer Lesley Kling Zerebny, 27.

Sister, Husband Of Fallen Palm Springs Officer Testify In Killer's Penalty Trial

May 23, 2019
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INDIO (CNS) - The sister of Palm Springs police Officer Lesley Kling Zerebny, who was gunned down along with another officer while responding to a domestic disturbance call, testified today that ``part of me died'' with her sibling.
   ``I wanted to see her grow old and I wanted to grow old with her,'' Britta Kling told jurors during the penalty phase of trial for John Hernandez Felix, who is facing a possible death penalty for the officers' killings.
``Part of me died with her that day -- the best part of me.''

Sister of Slain Palm Springs Officer: `Part of Me Died With Her That Day'

May 22, 2019

INDIO (CNS) - The sister of Palm Springs police Officer Lesley Kling Zerebny, who was gunned down along with another officer while responding to a domestic disturbance call, testified today that ``part of me died'' with her sibling.
   ``I wanted to see her grow old and I wanted to grow old with her,'' Britta Kling told jurors during the penalty phase of trial for John Hernandez Felix, who is facing a possible death penalty for the officers' killings.
``Part of me died with her that day -- the best part of me.''

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INDIO (CNS) - Jurors are scheduled to hear testimony today (Tuesday) in the penalty phase of trial for a 28-year-old man who sprayed bullets from an AR-15 rifle at Palm Springs police officers standing outside his family's home, killing two.
   John Hernandez Felix faces a possible death sentence for the Oct. 8, 2016, killings of Officer Jose Gilbert Vega, 63, and Officer Lesley Kling Zerebny, 27. On top of first-degree murder, jurors Monday also convicted Felix of six counts of attempted murder, stemming from the shots he fired at the other

Jurors Reach Guilty Verdict In Trial Of Accused Palm Springs Cop Killer

May 20, 2019
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   INDIO (CNS) - A 28-year-old man who sprayed bullets from an AR-15 rifle at Palm Springs police standing outside his family's home, killing a veteran officer and a rookie who had just returned to duty after giving birth to a daughter, was convicted today of first-degree murder.
   John Hernandez Felix faces a possible death sentence for the Oct. 8, 2016, killings of Officer Jose Gilbert Vega, 63, and Officer Lesley Zerebny, 27. In addition to the murder charges, jurors found true special-circumstance allegations of murder of a peace officer and multiple murders.

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Authorities say the 19-year-old man accused of killing one person and wounding three others in a San Diego County synagogue last weekend is also believed to be involved in a fire at another local synagogue.  Meanwhile, a new analysis shows that anti-semitic attacks are up across the nation.  NPR's Amy Held has more.

A California couple who beat, tortured and abused 12 of their 13 children for years were sentenced to life in prison during an emotional hearing that included testimony from some of the victims.

David and Louise Turpin pleaded guilty in February to 14 felony counts each, including counts of torture, false imprisonment, cruelty to dependent adults and child endangerment, after police discovered they had held their children captive, starving them and forcing them to live in horrific conditions.

Corona Man Accused Of Killing Son Pleads Not Guilty

Apr 3, 2019

RIVERSIDE (CNS) - A Corona man accused of killing his 8-year-old son and trying to conceal the evidence using acid and other products pleaded not guilty yesterday (Wednesday) to murder and torture charges.
   Bryce Daniel McIntosh, 32, was initially arrested about two weeks ago and charged with child abuse in connection with the disappearance of Noah McIntosh. An amended complaint was filed against the defendant last week after Corona police detectives procured additional evidence pointing to McIntosh's
alleged perpetration of a homicide.

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) - A Corona man accused of killing his 8-year-old son
and trying to conceal the evidence using acid and other products is scheduled
to be arraigned today (Wednesday).
   Bryce Daniel McIntosh, 32, was initially arrested about two weeks ago
and charged with child abuse in connection with the disappearance of Noah McIntosh. An amended complaint was filed against the defendant last week after Corona police detectives procured additional evidence pointing to McIntosh's alleged perpetration of a homicide.

RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Because he's in the jail infirmary, arraignment was
postponed today (Tuesday) for a Corona man accused of killing his 8-year-old son and
trying to conceal the evidence using acid and other products.
   Bryce Daniel McIntosh, 32, was initially arrested about two weeks ago
and charged with child abuse in connection with the disappearance of Noah
McIntosh. An amended complaint was filed against the defendant last week after
Corona police detectives procured additional evidence pointing to McIntosh's
alleged perpetration of a homicide.

RIVERSIDE (CNS) - A Corona man accused of killing his 8-year-old son
last month and trying to conceal the evidence using acid and other products is
slated to be arraigned today (Tuesday) on a murder charge.
   Bryce Daniel McIntosh, 32, was initially arrested just over two weeks
ago and charged with child abuse in connection with the disappearance of Noah McIntosh. An amended complaint was filed against the defendant last week after Corona police detectives procured additional evidence pointing to McIntosh's alleged perpetration of a homicide.

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CORONA (CNS) - The father of an 8-year-old boy who has been missing for more than four weeks was charged Thursday with first-degree murder, with police saying that while the boy's body hasn't been found, evidence has been found leading them to believe the child is dead.
   Noah McIntosh's father, 32-year-old Bryce Daniel McIntosh, and mother, 36-year-old Jillian Marie Godfrey, both of Corona, have been behind bars since March 13. Both were charged with felony child endangerment were originally set to return to court April 8.

Hiding Criminal Records

Mar 11, 2019
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Past criminal records prevent millions of Californians from obtaining housing and jobs, and disallows them from volunteering at their child's school. But now there's an effort in Sacramento to automatically sheild those records for some low-level offenders. Cap Radio's Chris Nichols has the story.

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With the release of last month's Netflix documentary on Ted Bundy, KVCR is taking a look into the serial killer's mind.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper speaks with Loma Linda psyciatrist David Puder in this report.

Ted Bundy was an infamous serial killer who did most of his killing in the 70’s. He confessed to 30 homicides, but the actual number of his victims is unknown.

Psychiatrist David Puder says Bundy likely had something called the Dark Triad.

Puder: “The Dark Triad is a combination of three things; psychopathy, narcissism, and Machiavellianism.”

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Attorneys representing survivors of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests have released a new report on alleged sexual abuse by clergy in the Diocese of San Bernardino.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

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California Governor Jerry Brown issued more than 250 orders for clemency on Christmas Eve.  he has granted more pardons and commutations during his past eight years in office than any other governor in modern history.  Capital Public Radio's Nadine Sebai reports.

The old saying, "if you're old enough to do the crime, you're old enough to do the time," won't really apply in California anymore.  Capital Public Radio's Steve Milne explains as part of our series on new laws taking effect in 2019.

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Eight people were shot in the courtyard of a San Bernardino apartment complex on Sunday, August 2nd.  Police are frustrated with the challenge of finding cooperative witnesses.  KVCR's Trisha Ahmed investigates why witnesses say they're choosing not to report information to the police.  And a note:  the voice of the person interviewed in the following story has been altered to protect his identity.

California bail workers are fighting for their livelihoods after Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that would eliminate their industry.  They've filed a referendum hoping voters will overturn the law.  Capital Public Radio's Nadine Sebai looks at the law's impact on bail agencies, their regulators, and taxpayers.

8 people were shot - 2 are hospitalized in extremely serious condtion - in what's described as a gunfight in a northeast San Bernardino neighborhood late last night (Sunday).  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

One day after Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill to end cash bail in California, opponents announced they're filing a referendum in hopes of voters overtunring the law.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

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The California state Assembly has voted to end cash bail.  The measure passed by lawmakers yesterday (Monday) would replace bail with a pre-trial detention system that has polarized both lawmakers and the same civbil liberties groups that originally supported the overhaul.  Capital Public Radio''a Ben Bradford reports.

An often overloked part of retiring U-S Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's legacy is the mark he made on California's prison system.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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Thousands of people were improperly removed from California voting rolls in 2017, possibly due to an administrative error, says a California coalition for people who are or have been in prison.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper reports.

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The California Senate has approved a bill that would allow judges to send criminal defendants suffering from mental disorders to treatment instead of trial.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

California prosecutors must proactively tell defense attorneys about information that could exonerate their  clients, under new ethics rules adopted this month.

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A ballot initiative has been filed that would reverse recently-approved laws aimed at reforming California's criminal justice system,  Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric has more on how opposing sides see the impact of the changes when it comes to public safety.

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There's a new battle between California and the federal government - this time, over a new U.S. Justice Department policy on police seizures of cash and property.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, it could affect a new California law that took effect this year.

Calif. Lawmaker Wants To Reform Court Bail System

Apr 3, 2017
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Bail is supposed to ensure that defendants show up for their court hearings, but one lawmaker says the current system is unfair.  Capital Public Radio's Sally Schilling reports Democratic State Senator Robert Hertzberg wants to make bail a measure of last resort.

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A Redlands man accused of shooting a San Bernardino sheriff's deputy and of murdering a motorist in Highland pleaded not guilty in court yesterday (Monday).  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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