Courtroom Roundup

Courtroom Roundup

 

Trial delayed to January on murder of Oxnard Olympian
Ventura County Superior Court Judge David Worley, overseeing the jury trial for Oxnard woman Jane Laut, accused of fatally shooting her husband, Dave Laut, in 2009, has continued the case to January to allow for testing on the clothing Jane wore the night of the shooting.

Dave Laut was the athletic director at Port Hueneme High School and a former Olympian who won a bronze medal in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.

A gunshot residue test will be performed on pajamas worn by Jane Laut the night of the shooting. The test could take up to six weeks and will be performed by a laboratory outside of the county.

The trial had been set to begin on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

Simi Valley police search for animal cruelty suspects
Over the Labor Day weekend in September, a Parson Russell Terrier mix was found mutilated in Simi Valley’s Foothill Park. Several weeks later, on Monday, Sept. 28, a cat was found mutilated and skinned in the same manner near the Simi Valley Adult School.

A necropsy performed by Ventura County veterinarian Dr. Heather Skogerson determined that the cat and dog had died from sharp-force trauma and blunt-force trauma, respectively.

A reward of $11,500 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the suspect involved in the terrier Pepper’s death.

Ventura County Animal Services is asking anyone with any information about either case to contact Officer Bryan Bray at 383-4717.

Former Ventura Mayor shot in attempted burglary
A 26-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the shooting of former Ventura Mayor Gregory Carson.
Fifty-seven-year-old Carson was shot and suffered non-life-threatening injuries on the evening of Friday, Oct. 9, in his home when he interrupted three men during an attempted burglary. Police arrested Oxnard resident Alejandro Valdez shortly after the incident.

Carson served as Ventura Mayor in the 1990s and is currently a commissioner for the Ventura Port District. Valdez was held on $520,000 bail and could face charges, including attempted murder and burglary.

Police are still in search of three others in relation to the burglary.

— Chris O’Neal

Trial to begin for Mexican national who left infant in field
A hearing for Rosalba Cruz Moran’s murder trial has been set for Oct. 22 in Judge Jeffrey Bennett’s courtroom; the scheduled hearing is an indicator that the trial is imminent. The 23-year-old Mexican national has pleaded not guilty.

Cruz, a farmworker staying with family in Oxnard at the time of her arrest, has been charged with leaving her newborn to die in a strawberry field in 2012. Moran claimed she was raped, which then resulted in the pregnancy, and that she had no resources to help her through the difficult time.

Her arrest followed several months of searching by Ventura County Sheriff’s Department investigators, who confirmed she was the mother through DNA testing.

The baby was found dead by co-workers on a farm near Camarillo. Investigators say they believe Cruz gave birth there to the full-term child.

— David Courtland

Courtroom Roundup

 

Trial delayed to January on murder of Oxnard Olympian
Ventura County Superior Court Judge David Worley, overseeing the jury trial for Oxnard woman Jane Laut, accused of fatally shooting her husband, Dave Laut, in 2009, has continued the case to January to allow for testing on the clothing Jane wore the night of the shooting.

Dave Laut was the athletic director at Port Hueneme High School and a former Olympian who won a bronze medal in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.

A gunshot residue test will be performed on pajamas worn by Jane Laut the night of the shooting. The test could take up to six weeks and will be performed by a laboratory outside of the county.

The trial had been set to begin on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

Simi Valley police search for animal cruelty suspects
Over the Labor Day weekend in September, a Parson Russell Terrier mix was found mutilated in Simi Valley’s Foothill Park. Several weeks later, on Monday, Sept. 28, a cat was found mutilated and skinned in the same manner near the Simi Valley Adult School.

A necropsy performed by Ventura County veterinarian Dr. Heather Skogerson determined that the cat and dog had died from sharp-force trauma and blunt-force trauma, respectively.

A reward of $11,500 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the suspect involved in the terrier Pepper’s death.

Ventura County Animal Services is asking anyone with any information about either case to contact Officer Bryan Bray at 383-4717.

Former Ventura Mayor shot in attempted burglary
A 26-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the shooting of former Ventura Mayor Gregory Carson.
Fifty-seven-year-old Carson was shot and suffered non-life-threatening injuries on the evening of Friday, Oct. 9, in his home when he interrupted three men during an attempted burglary. Police arrested Oxnard resident Alejandro Valdez shortly after the incident.

Carson served as Ventura Mayor in the 1990s and is currently a commissioner for the Ventura Port District. Valdez was held on $520,000 bail and could face charges, including attempted murder and burglary.

Police are still in search of three others in relation to the burglary.

— Chris O’Neal

Trial to begin for Mexican national who left infant in field
A hearing for Rosalba Cruz Moran’s murder trial has been set for Oct. 22 in Judge Jeffrey Bennett’s courtroom; the scheduled hearing is an indicator that the trial is imminent. The 23-year-old Mexican national has pleaded not guilty.

Cruz, a farmworker staying with family in Oxnard at the time of her arrest, has been charged with leaving her newborn to die in a strawberry field in 2012. Moran claimed she was raped, which then resulted in the pregnancy, and that she had no resources to help her through the difficult time.

Her arrest followed several months of searching by Ventura County Sheriff’s Department investigators, who confirmed she was the mother through DNA testing.

The baby was found dead by co-workers on a farm near Camarillo. Investigators say they believe Cruz gave birth there to the full-term child.

— David Courtland

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