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Monday, February 7, 2011

Man Murdered During Robbery & Burglary of Anaheim Liquor Store

Pictured Above: Haeng Shin Kim. Source: OC Register.
 
This week, the special circumstances murder trial against Raheem Abdul Edwards begins. He faces life without the possibility of parole if convicted for the murder of liquor store owner Haeng Shin Kim (pictured above) around 11 years ago while robbing and burglarizing his store.

On December 15, 2000, Edwards and co-defendant Robert Quenton Feeney allegedly entered Kim’s Anaheim liquor store called Lucky Seven Liquor Mart to rob it.  Feeney then shot Kim once in the back. As Kim tried to crawl away, Feeney shot Kim in the back of the head, execution style, killing him.

Soon after Kim was shot, allegedly, Edwards jumped over Kim’s body to reach the cash register. After stealing money from the register, both men left the store. Feeney was captured four years later and confessed to robbing the store to get money to buy Christmas presents.  He was charged with special circumstances murder and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. Edwards was charged soon after, but before being extradited to California, he had to face a murder trial in New York for an unrelated crime. 

Committing a murder during the commission of another crime is a special circumstance case which means that if convicted, the defendant will face life in prison without the possibility of parole, or in some cases, the death penalty. Here, since Edwards and Feeney were going to the store to rob and burglarize the store, and Kim was murdered, both face this severe punishment.

Robbery, as defined by Section §211 of the California Penal Code is defined as “the felonious taking of personal property in the possession of another, from his person or immediate presence, and against his will, accomplished by means of force or fear.” Robbery is often confused with burglary. Burglary is the crime of breaking and entering a building with intent to steal something or commit a felony inside. Therefore, robbery is a more serious crime since something is actually taken by force or fear.

If you are charged with robbery, burglary or murder, please contact an experienced criminal defense attorney right away. An experienced criminal defense attorney will help you by investigating the crime and either getting your charged dropped or lowered, or reducing your sentence.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Southern California Woman Guilty of Vehicular Manslaughter While Under Influence of Prescription Drugs

Patricia Ann Izquieta booking photo. COURTESY OF ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE.


The woman pictured above, Patricia Ann Izquieta, a Riverside resident, pleaded guilty today to driving under the influence of prescription drugs on the day that she killed Donald Murphy. On December 9, 2009, Murphy was riding his bicycle with two friends on Jamboree Road in Newport Beach. Izquieta's SUV struck Murphy from behind while he was cycling and then Izquieta fled the scene, dragging Murphy's bicycle for over a mile. Murphy died the next day due to severe head and neck trauma.

Izquieta was arrested soon after and was found to have been under the influence of methadone and clonazepam at the time of the incident. These drugs are known to impair driving and motor skills but are legal prescription drugs. She was charged with one felony count of hit and run with death or permanent injury, one felony count of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and one misdemeanor count of driving without a valid license with a sentencing enhancement for causing great bodily injury. Her expected sentence is about three years in prison.

Driving under the influence of any substance is very dangerous and can lead to injury to or death of you, your passengers, other drivers and passengers or pedestrians. If you are unsure if your prescription drugs may affect your driving, ask your doctor before operating a vehicle. Often, people feel that if they are under the influence of a prescription drug while driving, they will not receive a DUI since the drug is legal. This is untrue. A person may receive a DUI charge or a sentencing enhancement for driving while being under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs AND legal prescription medications.

Additionally, once a person gets into an accident with another person or vehicle, California law requires the driver to stop, get out of the car, and handle the situation by either exchanging contact information (for a simple fender bender) or waiting for the police to arrive (for more serious accidents). If you flee the scene of an accident, you will be charged with a hit and run offense.

If you are charged with a DUI, Vehicular Manslaughter or any other crime, please contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible.

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