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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Elderly Man Shoots Female Burglar, After Pleading She Was Pregnant

A home invasion gone wrong has resulted in the death of a female suspect who claimed to be pregnant, and possible charges to be filed against a homeowner who was attacked by the suspects before opening fire.

On Tuesday, in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach, 80-year-old Tom Free arrived home that night and entered his residence to be immediately assaulted by two suspects, one mail and one female, who were burglarizing his home, authorities said.  Greer alleges that the suspects threw him to the floor, breaking his collarbone, and then the female suspect, 28-year-old Andrea Miller, continued to beat him while the male suspect went for his safe.


Greer asserts that Miller joined the male suspect, 26-year-old Gus Adams, at the safe, laving Freer unrestrained as they burglarized the home. Greer then went to another room to retrieve his gun. According to Greer, he confronted the two suspects and fired upon them inside the home, and when they began to flee the house, he followed them outside and shot them again. Greer has stated to news outlets that he shot Miller twice as she fled, after she told him she was pregnant and asked him not to shoot. Coroner's findings later showed that Miller was not, in fact, pregnant.

Though Adams managed to flee from the scene, he was later apprehended by police and is being charged with residential burglary and murder. According to the felony murder rule, if a person is involved in the commission of a felony and a party is killed, then they are a party to that murder.

Charges have yet to be filed against Greer, the homeowner. However, the Long Beach Police Department has said that it is ultimately up to the Los Angeles District Attorney to decide whether or not to file charges against Greer. Under California law, homeowners can defend themselves if they are in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death. Prosecutors will have to determine whether chasing after the suspect and firing on them outside of the home goes beyond self-defense. 

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, July 18, 2014

Orange County DUI Checkpoints, July 18, 2014

Here's the latest general Orange County DUI Sobreity Checkpoint and Saturation Patrol Information!

Orange County DUI Checkpoints for Friday, July 18, 2014:


  • Orange - Katella between Main St. and Glassell, 8:00pm - 3:00am
  • Irvine - Jeffrey Road and Alton Parkway, 8:00pm - 2:00am
  • Laguna Beach - location undisclosed, 6:00pm - 3:00am
  • Villa Park, Yorba Linda, and Stanton - location undisclosed, 7:00pm - 3:00am
Check back with Brower & Associates Blog for updates on the DUI Checkpoint locations. If you have been charged with driving under the influence, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to fight your charges. A DUI can be cost, contact Brower & Associates to fight for your rights

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

OC Lawyer and Two Others Face Charges in Saudi Sheik Extortion Plot

A plan to extort $20 million dollars from a Saudi Sheik has concluded with a woman and her two attorneys facing criminal charges.

Prosecutors allege that German national Leyla Ors, 33, and her attorneys Joseph Cavallo, 58 and Emanuel Karl Judson, 58, conspired to a plan to extort $20 million from a wealthy Saudi sheik by claiming the son raped and tortured the woman, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office. The three defendants are charged with attempted extortion, conspiracy to commit extortion, conspiracy to receive a bribe and conspiracy to obstruct justice, according to a statement from the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office. 

The defendants alleged plan centered around Saudi sheik Monsur Albalwi by falsely claiming that his son raped and tortured Ors, according to authorities. Based on these claims and a physical examination, Albalwi was charged with four counts of sexual assault. However, these charges were dropped on Friday. 

The case against Ors, Hudson, and Cavalla, developed after Hudson called the sheik and told him that for $15 million dollars Ors would not testify. Later, Cavalla also called the sheik and demanded $20 million to be wired to a swiss bank account that Cavalla would set up. 

This is not the first time Cavalla has faced charges in regard to his representation of his clients. In 2007, Cavalla was convicted in a 2007 bail scam, in which he allegedly used bail agents to drum up business for his law firm. 

So far, Ors and Cavallo both have pleaded not guilty to the charges they face. Hudson will be arraigned on July 30. Ors and her two attorneys could face up to four years in custody if convicted, authorities said. 

A criminal conviction is costly. You may serve time in prison, you may have your license revoked, your career and family 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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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Kim Pham Fatal Assault Trial Begins After Long Delay

After a long delay, the trial in the death of Kim Pham, an Orange County fatally beat outside of a Santa Ana club, has begun. Opening statements were heard Wednesday in the trial of Vanesa Zavala, 26 and Candace Brito, 27, the two women accused of fatally beating Pham.



Both women have pleaded not guilty. In a previous post, we wrote about the death of Kim Pham, a young woman who was allegedly killed outside of the Crosby Club in Santa Ana. The fight allegedly arose when an acquaintance of the two women, "Emelia", bumped into Pham and Pham reacted. The fight then escalated when Zavala and Brito allegedly began punching and kicking Pham into unconsciousness, ultimately causing her death.

A video of the brawl was played repeatedly Wednesday as attorney's for both defendants told jurors their clients should not be convicted of Pham's death.  

Prosecutors allege that though Pham may have initially through the first punch, Zavala and Brito kicked her in the head and caused the blunt force trauma which caused her death. However, the defense in its opening statement argued that Pham through the first punch and was the initial aggressor. Further, the defense argues that the coroner is unable to pinpoint exactly was caused Pham's death, and that the defendants were acting in self defense. 

The case is ongoing and will be updated regularly on the Ronald Brower & Associates Blog.

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