Murder suspect captured after brief chase
Murder suspect captured after brief chase
A 33-year-old Oxnard man wanted in connection with his wife’s murder last week was arrested in Somis, following a brief chase. Alfredo Ortiz argued with his wife, Theresa Ortiz outside of their Oxnard home. He dragged his wife into the home, where he shot her several times. The couple has six children together, and the children were at home at the time of the incident.

The children fled the home and neighbors called police. Ortiz fled the scene. Police located him near Somis, after a woman reported that Ortiz forced her to drive him there at gunpoint. While in Somis, police received a report from a man who said that a man fitting Ortiz’ description had tried unsuccessfully to steal his car. Police located Ortiz shortly afterward and arrested him.

According to the Oxnard Police Department, Ortiz has an arrest history that includes DUI and resisting arrest, but had no prior history of domestic violence or other violent felonies.

Oxnard murder lawyer

The most serious charge you can face in any courtroom is first-degree murder. In California, a first-degree murder conviction can result in life in prison with or without parole, or the death penalty. A list of “special circumstances” developed by the legislature and in some cases by California voters determines whether or not you’ll face the death penalty. Just because a “special circumstance” is present doesn’t automatically result in a death penalty case, but a special circumstance must be present if the prosecutor intends to seek a death sentence.

Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your arrest, if you’re being charged with murder, you need an experienced murder lawyer like Robert Helfend. Creating an effective murder defense is a time-consuming and exhausting effort. To succeed, you need the assistance of an aggressive, experienced attorney who will do what it takes to provide effective defense and counsel.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced lawyer, or one who isn’t committed to doing what it takes to defend your rights and freedoms. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County murder case.

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Robbery suspect former USC player
Robbery suspect former USC player
A former USC football player has been arrested in connection with a string of robberies in Ventura County and Los Angeles County. USC student Bryce Dixon, 19, was first developed as a robbery suspect, after being arrested with Trey Lealaimatafao, 19, a former Louisiana State University football player. Both men had been dismissed from their respective teams for misconduct. The men are suspected of at least nine robberies, and were arrested near USC’s campus following a robbery in Los Angeles County. Police discovered evidence in the suspects’ vehicle tying them to the robberies.

Robbery spree spanned Ventura, Los Angeles Counties

Dixon and Lealaimatafao are suspected of robbery in at least four incidents in Ventura County, including Oxnard and Ventura, as well as unincorporated areas of the county. The pair is also suspected of robbery, carjacking, attempted carjacking and assault with a deadly weapon in separate incidents in Los Angeles County. Dixon was barred from the USC football team in 2014 and expelled from the University after being accused of sexual assault in 2014. He was reinstated to the University but was not allowed to return to the football team. Lealaimatafao was dismissed from the LSU football team for an alleged battery and robbery incident in 2015, and separate misconduct incidents dating back to 2014.

If you’ve been arrested for a Ventura robbery, theft or grand theft, Ventura criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend will help you build an effective defense. Mr. Helfend practices criminal defense exclusively. He practices in Ventura County and in criminal courtrooms throughout Southern California. He has more than 30 years of experience in defending clients against even the most serious felonies.

Mr. Helfend’s first goal will always be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether. No reputable criminal defense attorney will promise you any particular outcome for your case, but Mr. Helfend focuses on delivering the best possible outcome for his clients at all times, based on the facts and circumstances of each case. He is known among prosecutors and judges in Southern California as an aggressive, diligent criminal defense attorney.

In more than 30 years of criminal defense practice, Mr. Helfend has established an impressive history of exceptional criminal defense in and around Ventura County. When you go to court to face serious felony charges like robbery, you don’t want to go alone and you don’t want to go with a criminal defense attorney who isn’t prepared to defend your freedom effectively.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County robbery case.

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