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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Orange County DUI Checkpoints, August 30, 2014

Have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend! Here are the most recent reported DUI checkpoints for Orange County/Long Beach. 

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

  • Westminster/Garden Grove - Brookhurst and McFadden, approximately 8:00pm - 3:00am
  • Tustin - On 17th Street and Prospect, just east of the 55 freeway, 8:00pm - 3:00am
  • Whittier/La Mirada - the intersection of Imperial Hwy and St Gertrudes,  7:00pm - 3:00am
  • Anaheim - Beach Blvd and Ball Rd., 9:00pm - 3:00am
  • Long Beach - Ocean Ave and Pine Ave, 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 costly, contact Brower & Associates to fight for your rights

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Marine's Missing Wife Body Found, Arrest Made

After missing for nearly 7 weeks, the body of a Marine's missing wife, 19-year-old Erin Corwin, was found 140 feet down a mine shaft near Joshua Tree National Park. One suspect has been arrested, while more arrests may soon follow.

Corwin was last seen June 28, after telling her husband that she was going to scout hikes for a visit with her mother. Christopher Lee, who was Corwin's neighbor, had reportedly planned to take Corwin on a hunting trip the same day she disappeared. However, Lee later told investigators he went allow. Authorities suspect the Corwin was having an affair with Lee, and that she may have been carrying his child.

The wife of Lee, allegedly told a witness, Isabella Megli of Yucca Valley, that "detectives would never find her body," according to a search warrant. The couple were using Megli's property in Yucca Valley to store their belongings while they planned their move to Alaska. According to the warrant, Lee's wife also told Megli that the police did not have a case against them because they would not find Corwin's body. 

Christopher Lee, 29, was arrested Sunday night in Anchorage, Alaska on suspicion of having killed Erin Corwin. However, San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos said at a news conference Monday that more arrests may follow. 

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

UC Grad Student Found Guilty of Murdering Ex-Wife

A former UC Irvine graduate student, Brian Benedict, 40, who shot and killed his ex-wife, Rebecca Clarke, 30, after a dispute over the custody and support of their child was convicted Thursday of first-degree murder.

Three days before Clarke’s murder, a judge ordered Benedict to pay child support during a court hearing and awarded joint custody of the couple’s 4-year-old son, with Clarke getting the majority of the time.

Benedict went home after the hearing and wrote a letter in which he outlined his plans to kill his ex-wife and himself. The note included apologies to his son and to Clarke’s parents. But Benedict moved the note to the trash folder in his email account and never sent it. Deputy District Attorney Matt Murphy argued, a murder-suicide plot turned to simply murder once the note was discarded.

About 7 p.m. on the day she died, Clarke came to pick up Aiden after the boy spent the day with his father. Murphy said Benedict likely planned to beat her to death with a hammer, hoping that killing her quietly would give him time to flee. But when Benedict took a swing with the hammer, he only tore out a large chunk of Clarke’s hair, and she ran out of the apartment.

An eyewitness testified that Benedict chased Clarke across the grounds of the complex, firing a .40-caliber Beretta repeatedly and hitting her twice in the back. When Clarke fell to her knees, Murphy said, Benedict walked up and shot her in the face twice.

Benedict’s attorney, Deputy Public Defender Bob Mueller, asked the jury to convict on a lesser charge, either second-degree murder or voluntary manslaughter. The Public Defender argued the case was not about money, but about a severely depressed man who believed his life was crumbling around him. However, this argument did not persuade the jury.

Benedict will face an automatic life prison term with no possibility of parole when he’s sentenced Sept. 12. State law requires that sentence because the jury found Benedict killed Clarke after lying in wait and committed the murder for financial gain. 

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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