JURY DELIBERATIONS BEGIN TODAY IN MURDER TRIAL

Jury deliberations begin today in the murder trial of a Twentynine Palms man accused of stabbing to death a Yucca Valley man. Jurors have been hearing testimony for nine days during the trial of Carlos Herrera, 41, who is accused of stabbing Luis Arroyo, 49, in the 7600 block of

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN GETS 22 YEARS FOR SHOOTING AND KILLING ANOTHER MAN

The Twentynine Palms man who pleaded guilty to shooting another man almost four years ago was sentenced to 22 years in state prison Thursday. Raymond Burney, 55, was arguing with Wayne Kerr, 55, in the 6300 block of Palmview Avenue when Burney pulled out a gun and shot Kerr in

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JURY SELECTION STARTS IN MURDER TRIAL OF TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN

Jury selection is starting today in the murder trial of a Twentynine Palms man accused of stabbing and killing a Yucca Valley man last year. On September 14, 2016, a woman called 911 to report that her boyfriend, Luis Arroyo, 49, had been stabbed in the 7600 block of Cibola

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TRIAL BEGINS FOR YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING MARTIN REYES

The trial for a man accused of shooting and killing a Yucca Valley man more than four years ago began yesterday. Brian Cline, 34, was in a Joshua Tree courtroom Tuesday when lawyers began selecting potential jurors. On April 18, 2013, Brian Cline was arguing with Martin Reyes, 35, in

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MARINE ACCUSED OF KILLING TWO TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMEN PLEADS NOT GUILTY

The man accused of killing two Twentynine Palms women was in a Joshua Tree courtroom again Thursday. Rafael Aikens, 22, pleaded not guilty to double homicide in his second arraignment. During Aikens’ preliminary hearing in August, law enforcement officials laid out their case that Aikens, a machine-gunner attached to 2nd

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ACCUSED DOUBLE MURDERER PLEADS NOT GUILTY THURSDAY

The man accused of killing two Twentynine Palms women was in a Joshua Tree courtroom again Thursday. Rafael Aikens, 22, pleaded not guilty to double homicide in his second arraignment. During Aikens’ preliminary hearing in August, law enforcement officials laid out their case that Aikens, a machine-gunner attached to 2nd

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LEPPAN MURDER TRIAL DELAYED

The lawyer for a former Twentynine Palms man accused of murdering his ex-wife in 2004 filed a motion in court last week asking the judge to dismiss the case. Judge Bert Swift set a court date of November 9 to hear the 995 motion for Charles Leppan, 45. A 995

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A DELAY IN CHRISTOPHER LEE’S APPEAL OF ERIN CORWIN MURDER CONVICTION

Christopher Lee’s appeal of his conviction for brutally murdering 19-year-old Erin Corwin of Twentynine Palms received the first of what will most likely be many delays. Yesterday, the judge presiding over the appeal granted the prosecution a 30-day delay in answering Lee’s opening brief for the appeal. Lee’s court-appointed attorney

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APPEAL FILED IN CHRISTOPHER LEE MURDER CONVICTION

The lawyer for Christopher Lee, the former Marine convicted last year of murdering Erin Corwin of Twentynine Palms in 2014 and dumping her body down a mine shaft, filed an appeal Thursday with the 4th Appellate Court District Division 2. Richard de la Sota told Z107.7 News that he feels

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MORONGO VALLEY MAN SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS IN STABBING DEATH

A Morongo Valley man who pleaded guilty to stabbing a neighbor to death three years ago was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday. On April 5, 2014, Chad Leyburn, 31, was arguing with his neighbor, Robert Verbeck, 74, when he took out a knife and stabbed Verbeck five times,

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCEPTS PLEA BARGAIN THURSDAY IN MURDER

A Twentynine Palms man accused of shooting another man in January 2014 pleaded guilty in a Joshua Tree courtroom Thursday. Raymond Burney, 55, was arguing with Wayne Kerr, 55, in the 6300 block of Palmview Avenue when Burney pulled out a gun and shot Kerr in the upper chest. Kerr

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PROSECUTION LAYS OUT ITS CASE AGAINST ACCUSED DOUBLE MURDERER

The prosecution laid ots its case yesterday against a Marine accused of killing two women in Twentynine Palms March 24. Reporter David Haldane was in court and files this story…

Rafael Aikens will stand trial for double murder. That’s the upshot of yesterday’s preliminary hearing at which the prosecution outlined

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ACCUSED DOUBLE MURDERER IN COURT TODAY

The man accused of killing two Twentynine Palms women is in a Joshua Tree courtroom today, as the prosecution lays out its case against him in a preliminary hearing. Law enforcement officials believe Rafael Aikens, 22, a machine-gunner attached to 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment aboard the Combat Center, shot

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MORONGO VALLEY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO VOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER

A Morongo Valley man accused of murder in the stabbing death of a neighbor two years ago took a plea bargain Friday. On April 5, 2014, Chad Leyburn, now 31, was arguing with his neighbor, Robert Verbeck, 74, when he took out a knife and stabbed Verbeck five times, killing

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BAIL RAISED, COURT DATE SET, FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS DOUBLE-MURDER SUSPECT

Double murder suspect Rafael Aikens was in Joshua Tree Superior court again Wednesday, and Judge Rodney Cortez acceded to the prosecution’s request to increase his bail. Aikens, 22, a Marine lance corporal assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7thMarine Regiment, was arrested two weeks ago on board the Combat Center. He is

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SUSPECT IN TWENTYNINE PALMS DOUBLE MURDER ARRAIGNED TODAY

A Joshua Tree courtroom was filled Tuesday afternoon with family and friends, as well as Marines, of both the victims of a double murder, and the man accused of killing them. Rafael Aikens, 22, pleaded not guilty in his first court appearance since he was arrested for the murders of

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JURY DECIDING THE FATE OF MAN ACCUSED OF SETTING WOMAN ON FIRE, KILLING HER

A Yucca Valley man was convicted Thursday of the 2011 torture and burning death of his ex-girlfriend, Maria Banuelos. A Rancho Cucamonga jury found 43-year-old Hector Meza guilty of one count of first degree murder, with the jury finding true the special circumstances that the murder was committed during the

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CHRISTOPHER LEE SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON, NO PAROLE

CHRISTOPHER LEE SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON, NO PAROLE Christopher Lee was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without parole Tuesday for the murder of Erin Corwin, 19, of Twentynine Palms. Corwin’s husband, mother and sister gave victim impact statements prior to the sentencing, in which they stressed how her

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CHRISTOPHER LEE FOUND GUILTY OF 1ST DEGREE MURDER OF ERIN CORWIN

Guilty. Guilty of murder in the first degree with the special circumstance of lying in wait. That was the verdict reached by a jury of 10 women and two men after deliberating about 3 hours over the fate of Christopher Lee, who killed his lover and next-door neighbor Erin Corwin

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TRIAL STARTS FOR YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING HIS GIRLFRIEND WITH FIRE

The trial for a Yucca Valley man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend in 2011 by setting her on fire started yesterday in a Rancho Cucamonga courtroom. Hector Meza, 43, is accused of setting Maria Banuelos, 34, on fire October 22, 2011, at her apartment complex in Ontario. Banuelos died two

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