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A prosecutor filed a motion Friday opposing a request by a defendant in the MS-13 gang murder trial to have witnesses remove their masks while testifying because the masks violate his constitutional rights.
A Nipomo man convicted of the 2010 murder of a Santa Maria teenager was granted parole Thursday after serving 11 years in prison, according to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office.
Opening arguments concluded Thursday in the MS-13 gang murder trial, with the prosecutor citing cell phone data and what she said was evidence of seven handguns used by the 10 defendants to kill 10 victims across the city from 2013 to 2016.
Just before opening arguments commenced Wednesday in the MS-13 gang murder trial, members of the prosecution team tore down several white sheets of paper taped together to reveal a blown-up display with the mugshots of each of the 10 defendants at the front of the courtroom.
A Guadalupe man last week pleaded guilty to murder-related charges stemming from a shooting that killed a 37-year-old man and injured two others on Santa Maria's West Bethel Street in November 2018.
A judge on Monday upheld murder-related charges against an 18-year-old Santa Maria man accused of shooting 38-year-old Rafael Santos Toribio May 30 near the intersection of South Curryer and West Boone streets, and allegedly admitted to the crime to a Sheriff's deputy in jail.
A Santa Barbara judge last week rejected a motion to recuse himself after a prosecutor accused him of making disparaging remarks regarding an MS-13 gang murder trial that is scheduled to begin on Monday, according to records.
A judge last week upheld murder-related charges against a Tanglewood man accused of shooting his wife following a domestic altercation in February after concluding a preliminary hearing in Santa Maria.
The father and son charged in the 1996 death and disappearance of Cal Poly freshman Kristin Smart pleaded not guilty for a second time during a hearing Wednesday in which a judge also set a trial start date for April.
A judge Friday ruled there was sufficient evidence to uphold murder charges following a three-day preliminary hearing for a Lompoc man accused of shooting 35-year-old Kevin Najarro after a game of dice on West El Camino Street in January.