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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ACTIVE-DUTY MARINE ARRESTED AFTER DOUBLE MURDER IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

An active duty U.S. Marine stationed at the Twentynine Palms base, the suspect in a Twentynine Palms double murder, was arrested Thursday aboard the base. Homicide investigators say just after midnight, March 24, a 911 call was placed, stating that two women had been shot multiple times in the 7700

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DETECTIVES INVESTIGATING SHOTS FIRED FIND TWO BODIES IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

UPDATE 3/25 8 a.m.

The Sheriff’s Department has not released any additional details about the shooting, and despite a call requesting confirmation, the coroner’s office has not released the victim’s names yet. But friends of the victims have said they are Renee Neper Metcalf, 62, and Christy Pratt McKissic, 33.

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS MAN ACCUSED OF MURDER, ARRESTED

A Desert Hot Springs man was arrested Wednesday, accused of murder. According to the Desert Hot Springs police, officers were sent to the 13300 block of Verbena Drive about 10 p.m. Tuesday night for a call of shots fired. When they arrived, they found Steven Nelson, 49, had been shot.

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED AFTER SUSPECTED DUI CRASH IN PALM SPRINGS THAT KILLED ANOTHER YUCCA VALLEY MAN

A Yucca Valley man has been arrested after a suspected DUI Crash killed another Yucca Valley man in Palm Springs Monday evening. The Palm Springs Police Department said they arrested 50-year-old Robert Garcia Jr. for investigation of driving under the influence of drugs causing a deadly crash which killed Keyon

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A LOOK BACK AT 2016 MORONGO BASIN NEWS, PART 4 OF 4

As 2016 comes to a close, we continue to look back on some of the top stories of the year. Here’s the last of a four-part series.

Several visitors—famous and infamous—made surprise appearances to the Morongo Basin earlier this year.

In September, a stolen big rig was driven from

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THREE ARRESTED AFTER DESERT HOT SPRINGS MURDER TUESDAY

Three Desert Hot Springs residents were arrested Tuesday night, following a murder in Desert Hot Springs. Police officers were called at 10:28 a.m. to the 13000 block of Via Real for a report of a possible dead body. Arriving officers discovered the man—who has not been identified yet, but is

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN CONVICTED OF KILLING WOMAN BY SETTING HER ON FIRE

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

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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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TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN CONVICTED IN PENNSYLVANIA MURDER, DISMEMBERMENT

A Twentynine Palms woman has been convicted of first-degree murder in the 2002 slaying and dismemberment of a man whose charred remains were later found in barrels at a waste disposal site in eastern Pennsylvania. Jurors in Pennsylvania convicted 48-year-old Stacy Britton of Twentynine Palms of first-degree murder on Monday

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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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JURY DELIBERATIONS BEGIN TODAY IN CHRISTOPHER LEE MURDER TRIAL

The defense and the prosecution both rested their cases Tuesday morning in the murder trial of Christopher Lee. Lee is a former Twentynine Palms Marine accused of murdering his neighbor and lover, Erin Corwin, and dumping her body down a mine shaft in the desert east of Twentynine Palms two

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PROSECUTION RESTS IN CHRISTOPHER LEE MURDER TRIAL

The prosecution rested its case Wednesday in the murder trial of Christopher Lee, who is accused of killing 19-year-old Erin Corwin of Twentynine Palms in 2014. This week, the county’s chief medical examiner admitted under cross-examination by Lee’s attorney that Corwin’s strangulation could have happened as much as a day

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO GRISLY PENNSYLVANIA MURDER

A Twentynine Palms man accused of fatally stabbing and beating a man before dismembering and burning his corpse, has pleaded guilty to murder. James Britton Jr., 36, repeatedly stabbed and beat Robert Roudebush with a hammer in a Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, home in early July 2002. After letting the corpse sit

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SUMMARY OF FIRST WEEK OF CHRISTOPHER LEE’S MURDER TRIAL

The trial of the former Twentynine Palms Marine accused of murdering 19-year-old Erin Corwin and dumping her body in a mine shaft east of Twentynine Palms two years ago started Tuesday in a San Bernardino County courtroom. In his opening statement, Deputy District Attorney Sean Daugherty told jurors that a

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FORMER YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN & UNBORN CHILD KILLED BY FORMER TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE

A former resident of Yucca Valley and her unborn child were shot and killed by her husband, a former Twentynine Palms Marine, in Prescott, Arizona, Saturday, October 8. The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office says 41-year-old Kenneth Blair of Prescott was booked for the murder of his wife, 41-year-old Delissa Blair.

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TRIAL FOR FORMER MARINE ACCUSED OF KILLING ERIN CORWIN STARTS TODAY

The murder trial of the former Marine who is accused of killing a Twentynine Palms woman and dumping her body down a mine shaft is scheduled to start today. Prosecutors allege that in June 2014, Christopher Lee, now 27, arranged a secret tryst with his lover and next door neighbor,

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JURY SELECTION STARTS, COURT DATE SET IN CHRISTOPHER LEE MURDER TRIAL

Preliminary jury selection in the murder trial of Christopher Lee started this week, but due to a conflict with the judge’s schedule, the juror panels will be called back to court October 3. Lee, 27, is accused of strangling his neighbor and former lover, Erin Corwin, 19, of Twentynine Palms,

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