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Friday, March 21, 2008
Husband sentenced for murdering wife of 28 years and staging a robbery
March 21, 2008
A husband was sentenced today to 25 years to life for murdering his wife by beating her with a metal fireplace tool and ransacking his own house to make the crime scene look like a burglary. Marvin Vernis Smith, 71, was convicted December 17, 2007 of one felony count of murder for the death of Minnie Smith.
In the early morning of December 15, 2005, Smith executed a plan to murder his 66-year-old wife Minnie and stage it to look like a burglary. At approximately 6:30 p.m., Smith returned home and called 9-1-1 to report a burglary.
On December 22, 2005, officers took Smith back to his home to walk through and determine which items had been "stolen." The following day, on December 23, 2005, police searched one of Smith's Los Angeles properties while Smith was not present. When officers opened the trunk of one of Smith's cars, they found a jewelry box hidden under a jacket containing the two medallions that Smith had described. Approximately 30 minutes later Smith arrived at the property and was arrested for murdering his wife.
Minnie, who had worked as a security executive for an international defense contractor, retired in 2003 to spend more time at church and with her grandchildren.
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John G Hedderman pretends to be an attorney
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Extreme Makeover for Orange County Sheriff's Department?
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Of missing tickler files, missing agreement and the lost OCSD file
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Former Haidl, Jaramillo Defense Attorney JG Cavallo Goes to Jail
According to the OCDA, defense attorney Joseph Gerard Cavallo, 52, Irvine, was sentenced today to six months in jail after pleading guilty on October 12, 2007 to three felony counts for conspiring to engage in attorney capping and an illegal attorney...
CHP Officer Arrested, Held on $4 million Bail at the Orange County Jail.
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Coto de Caza DUI Collision Lawsuit Notes
Case No 05CC02855 involves a traffic accident that occurred September 22, 2004 at the intersection of Vista del Verde and Mackenzie Lane (undisputed fact). The defendant was visiting Coto de Caza as a guest of Coto de Caza Gold Club, having earlier...
Coto de Caza DUI Collision (Skendarian) Lawsuit Settlement
According to court records filed in Superior Court in Orange County dated November 28, 2006, the Skendarian lawsuit settlement worked out includes:
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