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Below is a table of high profile case and information. For more information, please contact Chief Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Raven - jonathan.raven@yolocounty.org

NOTE: Juvenile Cases - In reading the Welfare and Institutions Code, which discusses the confidentiality of juvenile records and the Legislature's belief that confidentiality in these cases is necessary to further the rehabilitative efforts in the juvenile justice system, we believe that, absent statutory exceptions, we are precluded from providing any information or documents in juvenile matters.

Listed Court Dates/Times: If you have interest in a specific court date because you are monitoring the case and/or plan to attend court, please check the Court’s website to ensure that the date and time is still accurate.  Also, beginning August 31, 2015, all cases will be heard in the new courthouse.

Legend for Court Information:

995 = Defense Motion to Set Aside PX Ruling
ARR = Arraignment
BTA = Bail to Appear (The subject bailed out of custody with the promise to appear in court.)
D = Court Department
EDC = Early Disposition Conf
F/P = Further Proceeding
HRG = Hearing
HTA = Held to Answer at Preliminary Hearing
J/S = Judgment & Sentencing
JT = Jury Trial
MTN = Motion
OR = Release on Own Recognizance Hearing
OSC = Order to Show Cause
PHC = Pre Hearing Conference
Plea = Scheduled To Enter Plea (The Defendant can plead not guilty, guilty or no contest)
PTC = Misd Pre-Trial Conference
PX = Preliminary Hearing
RVIEW = Review
TRC = Trial Readiness Conference
TSC = Trial Setting Conference
WAR = Warrant Request

Note: If complaint is uploaded, you can download a PDF version of the complaint by clicking on the DA File Number. If there is no hyperlink on the file, it has not been uploaded.

Also, we try to make sure that the calendar information is as accurate as possible, however, beginning August 31, 2015, all cases will be heard in the new courthouse.  It will be especially important to verify the information by checking the court's official calendar located at: http://www.yolo.courts.ca.gov/online-services/court-calendar

Defendant(s) Name DA File# Case Description Future Court Dates Other Information
Azevedo, Dennis
No DA File # Yet
Defendant sexually assaults young teen in a bathroom at the Yolo County Library in Davis.
ARR
5/4/16
1:30
D-1
 

Biviescas, Carlos

Contreras, Martyn

Rivera, Anthony

 

Sandeno, Joseph

 

Sandeno, Zackary

Vergara, Victor

15H05378
Defendants charged with murder after victim dies of injuries sustained while at a nightclub in Davis.
ARR
5/6/16
8:30
D-14

All six defendants were indicted by the Yolo County Grand Jury and will be arraigned on 5/6/16 at 8:30 in Department 14.

If you would like to view the Complaint, please click on the DA File #.

Carew, Kelly 15H03459 Placerville woman kills man in West Sacramento.

EDC
5/10/16
9:00
D-8

TRC
5/25/16
9:00
D-8

JT
5/31/16
9:00
D-8

A doubt was previously declared about defendant's mental competence. Recently the court's expert found her competent. Defense then hired their own expert who found her incompetent. Case is set for JT on the competency issue on 5/31/16.

Demello, Ronald

15F05633 Felony Hit and Run Causing the Death of a Tow Truck Driver
EDC
6/6/16
9:00
D-8

TRC
8/17/16
9:00
D-8

JT
8/22/16
9:00
D-8
Jury Trial Set.
Dorsey, Darnell 14F00394 Sacramento man accused of assaulting his girlfriend's child causing child's death in Davis. RVIEW
4/29/16
8:30
D-10

MTN
8/1/16
8:30
D-10

JT
8/8/16
8:30
D-10
Jury Trial Set.
Fullerton, Paul
16F01098
Marijuana grow shop owner charged with illegal sales of marijuana.
PHC
5/17/16
10:00
D-8 
 
Garcia, Jorge

Ornellas-Castro, Lance
15H07320 Defendants charged with murder after victim was found floating in the water near Clarksburg.
Garcia
TSC
5/10/16
9:00
D-8

Ornellas-Castro
MTN
5/6/16
1:30
D-10

TSC
5/10/16
9:00
D-8

Garcia: Defendant arraigned on Information, plead not guilty. Conflict attorney appointed.

Ornellas-Castro: Hearing on 995 Motion filed by defense, set for 5/6/16.


If you would like to view the Complaint, please click on the DA File #.

Green, Samantha  15H01239 Woodland woman arrested in the death of her infant son.  HRG
5/25/16
8:30
D-14

TRC
8/8/16
8:30
D-14

JT
8/15/16
8:30
D-14

Court sets a further hearing regarding release of Defendant's medical records for 5/25/16.

Gag order issued in this case.

Hendrix, Steven 16H01094 Defendant charged with murder after causing a collision where one person was killed.
PX
5/9/16
8:30
D-13
Court grants defense request to continue.
Hernandez, Michael 15F06956 Defendant charged with kidnapping, assault with intent to commit a sexual assault on a minor, robbery and dissuading a witness.  RVIEW
5/4/16
9:00
D-7
Review set to discuss placement in a mental health program.
Hoskins, Susan 14H03727  Wife charged with murder of her husband

J/S

5/10/16
9:00
D-8

Defendant plead no contest to one count of voluntary manslaughter, and an added enhancement for use of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
Houston, Alamar  15F03694 Cyclists severely injured by hit and run driver.  PX
5/9/16
1:30
D-14

PX was not finished on 4/22/16, to continue on 5/9/16.

If you would like to view the Complaint, please click on the DA File #.

Leae, Thomas 15H07042 Defendant was charged with murder after his passenger sustained fatal injuries in a crash that followed a high speed pursuit.
RVIEW
5/10/16
9:00
D-8
Review regarding placement.
Lemus, Jeffrey 15H07123 Defendant charged with murder after victim dies of injuries sustained while at a bar in Woodland.
JT
5/2/16
9:00
D-8
If you would like to view the Complaint, please click on the DA File #.
Mancilla, Xavier
16F00463
Defendant charged with multiple counts of lewd or lascivious acts upon a child.
TRC
5/9/16
8:30
D-13

JT
5/16/16
8:30
D-13
Defense withdraws time waiver. Case set for jury trial.
Martinez, Sonny
15F06190
Defendant charged with attempted murder after drive by shooting of 13-year-old West Sacramento girl.
No Further Court Dates Motion to return property to defendant granted.  No charges filed -  insufficient evidence to charge the case.

If you would like to view the Complaint, please click on the DA File #.
Morales, Ernesto 16F01056 Defendant is charged with five counts of attempted murder; arson of inhabited structure; and multiple case enhancements for prior prison commitments.
F/P
4/18/16
8:30
D-10

PX
5/6/16
8:30
D-10
Status Conference continued to 4/18/16.

If you would like to view the Complaint, please click on the DA File #.
Norman, Dominic 14F05609 City of Woodland Fire Department employee charged with embezzlement from employer. No Further Court Dates
Defendant shows proof of community service.
Ortega, Armando 14F04332 CHP Officer arrested for domestic violence.  JT
4/6/16
8:30
D-9
Defendant found not guilty on all counts but misdemeanor battery against a spouse which resulted in a 9-3 hung jury.

On 4/15/16 the People moved to dismiss.
Portugal, Daniel
15F06073
Defendant stabs 6 victims at a Quinceañera party, causing several injuries.
J/S
5/10/16
8:30
D-14
Defendant found guilty by jury on all seven counts and four of the seven enhancements.
Rees, Frank 15F02047 Defendant was charged with Possession of Ammunition by person prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm; Possession of controlled substance; and Possession of controlled substance paraphernalia.
BTA
2/24/16
8:30
D-14
Defendant failed to appear.  Bench Warrant remains outstanding.

If you would like to view the Complaint, please click on the DA File #.
Torres, Jacqueline 16F00474 Defendant charged with vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence.
TSC
5/19/16
10:00
D-10
TSC continued.

If you would like to view the Complaint, please click on the DA File #.

 

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