Jul 26, 2016

Jury trial for suspects in Jesus Garcia homicide rescheduled for next year

This afternoon in Courtroom 5, there was a pre-trial hearing scheduled for all the suspects in the Jesus Garcia homicide. There was also a motion to continue filed by Ms. Christina Allbright, attorney for Joe Olivio Jr and Ms. Andrea Sullivan, attorney for Joe Olivio III, a request that Mario Nunez's attorney, Mr. David Celli, joined in today in court.

The People did not oppose the motion to continue.

After hearing from all attorneys, Visiting Judge Robert Crone granted the request for a continuance. The jury trial for August 22 has been vacated. A trial confirmation is scheduled for 2 p.m.on December 14 and the new jury trial date is January 7, 2017.

Nicholas Leigl's attorney Mr. Michael Acosta objected to the continuance.

Mr. Celli has filed a non-statutory motion to dismiss on  behalf Mario Nunez which will be heard on July 28. The People have filed an opposition.

 There is also a motion on behalf of Nunez tomorrow titled "access to residence to heard tomorrow morning"

Deputy District Attorney Jackie Harkness is prosecuting the case for the People.

May 23, 2016

Private attorney for one of the suspects in Jesus Garcia homicide requesting a continuance

Trial confirmation is scheduled on May 25 for the four suspects in the Jesus Garcia homicide.

Anakalia "Andrea" Kaluna Sullivan, Joe Olivio III's private attorney She is a Lake  and Mendocino County criminal defense attorney with offices in Ukiah and Lakeport.

Ms. Sullivan has requested a continuance for Joe Olivio III for the jury trial currently scheduled for June 6.

That motion for continuance is scheduled tomorrow at the same time as trial confirmation for Olivio III and the other three suspects.

Apr 4, 2016

Four suspects in the Jesus Garcia homicide held to answer on charges, case to proceed to jury trial

The four suspects in the Jesus Garcia homicide were held to answer all charges and special allegations today by Judge Hinrichs.

The preliminary hearing lasted all of last week and concluded today.

 Arraignment on information for the jury trial is on  April 18 at 2pm in Courtroom 5.

Mar 11, 2016

Preliminary hearing for four suspects in Jesus Garcia homicide delayed again

An intervention hearing for the four suspects in the Jesus Garcia homicide was scheduled at 11 a.m. this morning in Courtroom 5. The preliminary hearing is currently scheduled for March 14. Intervention from March 1 was continued and the preliminary hearing for March 7 was vacated.

Now the preliminary hearing has been rescheduled for all four suspects for March 28.

Feb 25, 2016

All four suspects in Jesus Garcia homicide arraigned, preliminary hearing set in March for now, continuance expected

A disposition and reset hearing was scheduled for Mario Nunez this afternoon. Intervention had been set for March 1; Preliminary hearing for March 7.

Setting for Preliminary hearing was scheduled this afternoon for Nicholas Leigl and Joe Daniel, Jr.

Arraignment was continued twice from February 11 until this afternoon for Joe Olivio III to obtain private counsel. He told Judge Joyce Hinrichs he was not able to retain private counsel. Public Defender Mr. Owen Tipps was appointed to represent Olivio III. A 10 day time waiver was entered. Mr. Tipps indicated that by intervention, he would be able to inform the court if he can confirm as counsel.

Nunez was not in court today, his appearance was waived by his attorney, Mr. David Celli. Ms. Christina Allbright, who represents Joe Olivio, Jr. said she could not be present for the current preliminary date. Her client entered a waiver for both the 10 and 60 day requirement.

Mr. Michael Acosta, who represents Leigl, has not waived time.

Intervention is set for March 1. Preliminary hearing is set for March 7.

Feb 23, 2016

Mario Nunez, suspect in Jesus Garcia homicide gets preliminary hearing date set in March, for now

Mario Nunez was appointed private attorney, Mr. David Celli, and his arraignment was continued to this afternoon. Mr. Russ Clanton appeared for Mr. Celli today and confirmed appointment of counsel. Time was not waived.

A stack of discovery was given by Deputy District Attorney David Christensen to Mr. Clanton in court today.

There are dates for other co-defendants on February 25. For now, intervention for Nunez has been set for March 1 at 3 p.m. and Preliminary hearing is set for March 7.

Feb 19, 2016

No bail for Mario Nunez, third suspect in alleged gang related homicide and death of Jesus,Garcia, arraignment continued

Mario Nunez, the third co-defendant, in the Jesus Romero Garcia homicide was scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon. He also had a petition to revoke his post release community supervision.

No bail on both cases.

Count 1 murder with special allegation that he was an active gang participant at the time and the murder was committed to further activities of the criminal street gang.

Public defender offices cannot represent him, he cannot afford his own attorney, Mr. David Celli, private attorney was appointed for him.

Arraignment continued until February 23 at 1:30 p.m.

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