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Trial set for Dripping Springs man who threatened mass shooting

A Dripping Springs man indicted in March for allegedly threatening to conduct a mass shooting at Fort Hood has been found competent to stand trial, according to reports.

A July 31 trial date has now been set for Thomas Anthony Chestnut, 28, of Dripping Springs, who entered a plea of not guilty to Federal Magistrate Jeffrey Manske, according to a report from KWKT-TV in Waco.

Manske’s decision to set the trial date came after he received a 16-page report from doctors informing him Chestnut was competent to stand trial, according to the report. 

In March, a Federal grand jury in Waco indicted Chestnut on one count of interstate communications with threat to injure after he allegedly made threats to kill individuals at Fort Hood.  

If convicted, Chestnut faces up to five years in federal prison.

Read more at: https://haysfreepress.com/2017/07/12/trial-set-for-dripping-springs-man-who-threatened-mass-shooting/

Can OC’s worst mass killer get fair trial, life or death?

Scott Evans Dekraai. Photo via the Orange County Sheriff’s Department

Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens will begin testifying Wednesday in an evidentiary hearing regarding the use of jailhouse informants as part of the death penalty case against Scott Evans Dekraai, the worst mass killer in the county’s history.

Dekraai, who pleaded guilty in May 2014 to eight murders and one attempted murder for a 2011 massacre at a Seal Beach beauty salon, is awaiting the penalty phase of the legal proceedings, with the state Attorney General’s Office still pursuing the death penalty.

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office was kicked off the case for outrageous governmental misconduct.

Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals, who booted Orange County prosecutors from the case, is holding a third round of evidentiary hearings into how the prosecution was handled to determine if it is

Read more at: http://mynewsla.com/orange-county/2017/07/03/can-ocs-worst-mass-killer-get-fair-trial-life-or-death/

Can OC’s worst mass killer get fair trial, life or death? – MyNewsLA.com

Scott Evans Dekraai. Photo via the Orange County Sheriff’s Department

Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens will begin testifying Wednesday in an evidentiary hearing regarding the use of jailhouse informants as part of the death penalty case against Scott Evans Dekraai, the worst mass killer in the county’s history.

Dekraai, who pleaded guilty in May 2014 to eight murders and one attempted murder for a 2011 massacre at a Seal Beach beauty salon, is awaiting the penalty phase of the legal proceedings, with the state Attorney General’s Office still pursuing the death penalty.

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office was kicked off the case for outrageous governmental misconduct.

Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals, who booted Orange County prosecutors from the case, is holding a third round of evidentiary hearings into how the prosecution was handled to determine if it is

Read more at: http://mynewsla.com/orange-county/2017/07/03/can-ocs-worst-mass-killer-get-fair-trial-life-or-death/

Trial delayed until January in FLL mass shooting – 7News – WSVN

MIAMI (AP) — Trial will be delayed until at least January for an Alaska man charged with killing five people and wounding six in a Florida airport mass shooting, a federal judge said Friday.

U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom set a new Jan. 22 trial date for Esteban Santiago of Anchorage, Alaska, whose trial initially was scheduled for October.

Bloom noted at a hearing that extra time is needed for the Justice Department to decide whether to seek the death penalty, including arguments from Santiago’s attorneys about why prosecutors should not seek capital punishment. Bloom ordered the defense to submit what’s called a “mitigation packet” outlining those arguments by Nov. 3.

“That certainly is sufficient time,” she said.

Addressing Santiago directly, the judge asked if he had any objection to the trial delay.

“No, your honor,” he replied.

Santiago, a 27-year-old Iraq war veteran, pleaded not guilty to a 22-count indictment in the Jan. 6 shooting

Read more at: http://wsvn.com/news/local/trial-delayed-until-january-in-florida-airport-shooting/

Alleged Misconduct Jeopardizes Death Penalty In OC Mass Murder Trial

SANTA ANA, CA — Two Orange County sheriff’s deputies asserted their constitutional right against self-incrimination Thursday when called to testify in an evidentiary hearing alleging outrageous governmental misconduct in the case of Scott Evans Dekraai, the worst mass killer in the county’s history.

Sheriff’s Deputies Ben Garcia and William Grover, who have been on paid administrative leave for the past several months, took the stand and invoked their Fifth Amendment rights in refusing to testify.

Deputy Seth Tunstall is expected to do the same thing when he is called to testify next week.

Garcia’s attorney, Bob Gazley, told City News Service his client has not been told why he was put on leave.

Tunstall and Garcia have previously asserted their Fifth Amendment rights in another murder case involving a jailhouse informant last year. That prompted an Orange County Superior Court judge to order a new trial for Eric Ortiz, who was again convicted of

Read more at: https://patch.com/california/fountainvalley/alleged-misconduct-jeopardizes-death-penalty-oc-mass-murder-trial

Mass Murderer Pre-Trial Today

Suspected mass murderer Jason Dalton’s lawyers are in court today for a pre-trial hearing to argue that some of the statements that the Cooper Township man made to detectives after his arrest should be suppressed. Judge Alexander Lipsey will hear legal arguments from both the prosecution and the defense. Dalton is the Uber Driver who was arrested after he allegedly shot eight people in three different locations, killing six of them and maiming two women in February last year. Dalton reportedly told detectives several stories, including one claiming that the same Uber App that was telling him where to pick-up passengers had been taken over by a demon and was telling him who to shoot. Judge Lipsey may or may not rule on the motions today.

Read more at: http://www.wsjm.com/2017/04/13/mass-murderer-pre-trial-today/

Man accused of Fort Lauderdale mass shooting has mental illness but can stand trial

The Alaskan military veteran accused of fatally shooting five travelers and wounding six others at Fort Lauderdale airport suffers from mental illness, but with the help of medication Esteban Santiago can stand trial, a federal judge said Wednesday.

After finding the defendant competent for now, U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom said she wanted to monitor the 27-year-old on a monthly basis and hoped to hold his trial in October. But Bloom also recognized that it might take a year for federal prosecutors and the Justice Department to decide whether to charge him with the death penalty in the Jan. 6 mass shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

“I would hope we have a trial date this year,” Bloom said.

Santiago, who was first held at the Broward County Jail and is now at the Federal Detention Center in Miami, has been diagnosed by doctors with two psychotic illnesses: schizophrenia and

Read more at: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article138704713.html

Wife of Orlando Gunman to Await Trial in Jail

A federal judge in Orlando on Friday revoked bond for the wife of the gunman responsible for the Pulse nightclub massacre, the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

U.S. District Judge Paul Byron reversed the decision of a magistrate judge in Oakland, California, last week to release Noor Salman on $500,000 bond and ordered her jailed pending trial on charges of aiding and abetting and obstruction. Acting upon a request from prosecutors, Byron said Salman hadn’t overcome a legal presumption that she was a flight risk or a danger to the community.

Salman was never released from jail while Byron considered the prosecutors’ request.

Her attorney, Charles Swift in Texas, said in a statement that she maintains her innocence.

“We are currently exploring all available legal remedies on her behalf,” Swift said. “Until all the facts come out in trial, we urge the community to withhold judgment.”

With family in California

Salman

Read more at: http://www.voanews.com/a/judge-revokes-bond-of-wife-of-orlando-gunman/3761175.html

Wife of Killer in Orlando Mass Shooting To Be Detained Until Trial

Noor Salman, whose husband, Omar Mateen, carried out a deadly terrorist attack at a popular Orlando, Florida, gay nightclub will be detained until trial as the result of a court order issued Friday. U.S. District Judge Paul Byron reversed U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna Ryu’s decision to release Salman on $500,000 bond, reports said.

Ryu said Salman, 31, is not a threat and there is no proof she has any ties to the Islamic State group or holds extremist views, but Bryon said he believes otherwise, noting Salman texted Mateen, asking, “Where are you?” The judge said the question could mean she, in fact, did not know where her husband was, or that she was asking which target he had attacked, WFTV, Orlando, reported.

Read: Who Is Omar Mateen? Pulse Nightclub Shooter Was Security Guard

Previously, Salman said the night of the shooting, Mateen was going to a friend’s house. Investigators said they believe Salman accompanied

Read more at: http://www.ibtimes.com/wife-killer-orlando-mass-shooting-be-detained-until-trial-2506484