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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
Aradoz, Ruby

Collins, Malinda

Gonzalez, Justin

Ramos, Vanessa

Tello, Cynthia

Velazquez, Alexis
16H04909
Defendants charged with murder and gang enhancements after stabbing and killing the victim in Woodland.
MTN
4/7/17
10:00
D-10

TRC
6/14/17
8:30
D-10

JT
6/19/17
8:30
D-10
Defendant Ramos files supplemental 995 motion. Court puts over to April 7, 2017 for ruling.

Court denies 995 motion for Defendant Velazquez.

Court schedules 995 for Defendants Tello, Gonzalez, and Aradoz for April 7, 2017.
Azevedo, Dennis
16F02387
Defendant sexually assaults young teen in a bathroom at the Yolo County Library in Davis.
EDC
4/21/17
1:30
D-14

TRC
7/12/17
8:30
D-14

JT
7/17/17
8:30
D-14
Early Disposition Conference set. 4/10/17 Jury Trial vacated.

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.
FP
5/15/17
8:30
D-14

TRC
5/30/17
8:30
D-14

JT
6/5/17
8:30
D-14

Status Conference date set for May 15, 2017 at 8:30AM 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.

TRC
4/7/17
9:00
D-8

TRC
4/12/17
9:00
D-8

JT
4/17/17
8:30
D-8

Next court date on April 7, 2017 at 9:00 AM in Department 8.

Demello, Ronald

15F05633 Felony Hit and Run Causing the Death of a Tow Truck Driver

TRC
4/10/17
9:00
D-8

JT
4/17/17
8:30
D-8

Court grants defense motion to continue Jury Trial.
Fullerton, Paul
16F01098
Marijuana grow shop owner charged with illegal sales of marijuana.
PHC
4/11/17
9:00
D-8
Court dismisses Pitchess Motion because Defendant's attorney not in court.
Hendrix, Steven 16H01094 Defendant charged with murder after causing a collision where one person was killed.
TRC
4/25/17
8:30
D-13

JT
5/1/17
8:30
D-13
Court hears and rules on numerous pre-trial motions.  TRC set for 4/25/17 and JT set for 5/1/17.
Hernandez, Michael 15F06956 Defendant charged with kidnapping, assault with intent to commit a sexual assault on a minor, robbery and dissuading a witness.  F/P
4/07/17
9:00
D-11
Continued to review doctor's report regarding defendant's competency.
Hicks, Ted

Mears, Ryan
16F07699
Defendants charged with unlawful cultivation and sales of marijuana.
PHC
4/17/17
8:30
D-10

PX
5/1/17
8:30
D-10
PHC set for April 17, 2017 at 8:30 AM in Department 10. PX set for May 1, 2017 at 8:30 AM in Department 10.

If you would like to view the Complaint, please click on the DA File #.
Kirk-Coehlo, Lauren
17F00877
Davis woman charged with hate crime after Davis Islamic Center was vandalized.

J/S
6/16/17
8:30
D-10


Defendant pled guilty to all charges, including the "hate crime" enhancement. Sentencing date set for 6/16/17.

If you would like to view the Complaint, please click on the DA File #; Click this link to view the Bail Motion.
Leae, Thomas 15H07042 Defendant was charged with murder after his passenger sustained fatal injuries in a crash that followed a high speed pursuit.
TRC
4/26/17
9:00
D-8

JT
5/1/17
8:30
D-8
People request continuance due to witness unavailability. New TRC date is April 26, 2017 at 9:00 AM in Department 8. New Trial date is May 1, 2017 at 8:30 AM in Department 8.
Letelier, Eduardo
16F03980
Davis day care provider charged with child molestation.
JT
4/10/17
8:30
D-10
JT confirmed on April 10, 2017 at 8:30AM in Department 10.
Morales, Ernesto 16F01056 Defendant is charged with five counts of attempted murder; arson of inhabited structure; and multiple case enhancements for prior prison commitments.
JPS
4/21/17
10:00
D-14
Defendant found Guilty of Arson of an Inhabited Structure. Sentencing is scheduled for April 21, 2017 at 10:00 AM in Department 14.

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

Garcia, Jorge
15H07320
Defendants charged with murder after victim was found floating in the water near Clarksburg.
REV
4/11/17
9:00
D-8

JPS
4/24/17
9:00
D-8

State Jury acquits Defendant of all charges.

Sentencing for Defendant Garcia set for April 24, 2017 at 9:00 AM in Department 8.

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

Quezada, Alejandro

Vallejo, Daniel

16H03865
Woodland gang murder.  Charges include murder, attempted murder and gang enhancement.
TRC
4/19/17
9:00
D-11

JT
4/24/17
9:00
D-11
TRC on March 22 vacated. Jury trial on March 27 vacated.

TRC set for April 19, 2017 at 9:00 AM in Department 11. Jury trial set for April 24, 2017 at 9:00 AM in Department 11.
Rees, Frank
17H00998
Defendant charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of his infant son.
PX
4/12/17
8:30
D-13
PX date was confirmed. Set for April 12, 2017 at 8:30 AM in Department 13.

Here is the Motion to Amend the Complaint.

If you would like to view the Complaint, please click on the DA File #.
Wheeler, Rolis
16F06320
Defendant charged with sexually assaulting a 4-year-old at a West Sacramento Elementary school.
HRG
5/11/17
10:00
D-13
Case dismissed for insufficient evidence. Ruling on Defendant's request for Finding of Factual Innocence set for May 11, 2017 at 10:00 AM in Department 13.

 

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