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Friday, May 30, 2014

Mother Charged Killing Her Three Young Daughters, Pleads Not Guilty

This Thursday, Carol Coronado, 30, plead not guilty in a Compton courthouse to charges that she allegedly murdered her three young daughters and tryed to hill her own mother.

Prosecutors allege that the Torrance
mother tried to commit suicide and was hospitalized after she allegedly killed 2-year-old Sophia, 1-year-old Yazmine and 2-month-old Xenia, and tried to kill her own mother, at the family's home in unincorporated Torrance on May 20.

The girls' maternal grandmother called police, saying Coronado had killed the girls. The children were found Tuesday night at the house in Torrance, after their grandmother arrived for a visit and discovered the little girls laid out on a bed with multiple stab wounds, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Coronado's husband was home at the time, working on his car across the street, neighbors said. Coronado's court appearance was the first time her husband, Rudy, had seen her since their daughters' deaths. Detectives recovered knives at the home as well as a hammer. Detectives are still trying to determine if these items were used in the killings. 

Neighbors say they saw no sign of trouble prior to the killings. 

Though authorities have not confirmed a motive for the killing of the three young girls, Carol may have signs of postpartum depression, but a family spokesperson said the family did not know how to recognize the signs or how to help at the time.


The district attorney could decide to pursue the death penalty in this case, but that decision may not be made until after the preliminary hearing, scheduled for July 3.

A criminal conviction is costly. You may serve time in prison, you may have your license revoked, your career and family life will be disrupted, and your record will be stained by such convictions. Our goal at Brower and Associates is to provide an aggressive and comprehensive defense to those accused of a crime throughout Orange County. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, contact Brower and Associates today. 

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Friday, May 23, 2014

OC Serial Rapist Sentenced to 107 Years

On Friday, an Orange County Superior Court judge sentenced Travis Dewayne Batten Jr., a convicted rapist, to 107 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting two women in Irvine and Newport Beach.

Authorities say 32-year-old Travis Dewayne Batten Jr. raped an Irvine woman in 2005 and sexually assaulted a Newport Beach woman in 2006 after unlawfully entering their homes. Authorities say Batten wore a mask, which obscured his face, and would watch the victims before assaulting them.

On March 27, a jury found Batten guilty of two felony counts of forcible rape, one felony count each of assault with intent to commit a sexual offense, assault with intent to commit a sexual offense during the commission of first degree burglary, sodomy by force, sexual penetration by foreign object by force, and kidnapping to commit a sex offense.

The first attack happened nine years ago, on May 20, 2005. Authorities say Batten broke into the 40-year-old victim's home in Newport Beach while the home was empty. When the victim returned, Batten attacked her and duct taped her hands and mouth. He sexually assaulted her and then left. Investigators were able to collect Batten's DNA from the scene. The second attack happened on the night of Nov. 30, 2006. Authorities say Batten broke into the Irvine apartment of a 21-year-old woman while she was showering, waited outside her bathroom and raped her when got out of the shower. Batten’s DNA was collected from the crime scene and was matched it to the 2005 sexual assault case.

On March 27, a jury found Batten guilty of two felony counts of forcible rape, one felony count each of assault with intent to commit a sexual offense, assault with intent to commit a sexual offense during the commission of first degree burglary, sodomy by force, sexual penetration by foreign object by force, and kidnapping to commit a sex offense.


Judge Sheila Hanson expressed at the sentencing that Batten is a dangerous man, and it was necessary for her to impose a sentence that would thwart him from being released and injuring another person.

Charges of criminal conduct should be taken seriously, and traversed with the help of experienced criminal defense attorneys. If you or a loved one has been charged with criminal conduct, contact the experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorneys at Brower & Associates.
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Man Charged with Kidnapping and Sexual Assault of 15 year old.

Isidro Medrano Garcia, a 42-year-old Bell Gardens man has been charged for kidnapping his girlfriend's 15-year-old daughter and sexually assaulting her for 10 years.

Garcia met the alleged victim, who is now 25, when he was dating and living with the teen's mother in 2004. Prosecutors
say he trained the victim by buying her gifts and taking her side when the victim and her mother quarreled. Prosecutors allege that Garcia repeatedly sexually assault the victim in the past ten years. 

Between August 2004 and last month, prosecutors say Garcia told the victim her family did not want her and was not looking for her. She said when she tried to escape, Garcia beat her. He allegedly did not let her out of his sight, and in 2010, he got the victim pregnant. Garcia’s attorneys assert that Garcia was not holding the victim against her will, but adored her and treated her like a queen. Even going as far as to buy her a car.

Last month, the victim was able to contact her sister on Facebook. Then she walked into a Bell Gardens police station with her 3-year-old child, revealing the abduction. Garcia was taken into custody on Monday.


The Orange County District Attorney's Office on Thursday filed one felony count of forcible rape, three felony counts of lewd acts on a minor and one felony count of kidnapping to commit a sexual offense. Isidro Medrano Garcia appeared in court for his arraignment hearing, which was scheduled to continue June 9. His bail was set at $1 million and an immigration hold remains in place. If convicted, Garcia faces a maximum sentence of 19 years to life in state prison.
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