Second Degree Murder Conviction in Oxnard Slaying
Second Degree Murder Conviction in Oxnard Slaying
A 47-year-old Oxnard man will be sentenced in July, following a second-degree murder conviction. Oscar Hernandez Valles faces 16 years to life in prison for the fatal stabbing of Olegario Tello Valladolid, 25, also of Oxnard.

The men became embroiled in a disagreement at Las Sirenas Bar & Grill on December 28, 2013. Valles reportedly stabbed Valladolid several times with a knife. He left the scene, but turned himself in to Oxnard police several hours after the incident. In addition to finding Valles guilty of second-degree murder, the jury also found the special allegation that he personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon during the commission of the murder. Valladolid was unarmed at the time of his death.

Oxnard Murder Lawyer


Murder is the most serious criminal charge you can face in California. Depending upon the way prosecutors charge you, you could face the death penalty, life in prison with or without parole, or a sentence of years up to life in prison. Because the stakes are so high, you need to work with an experienced murder lawyer like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend practices criminal defense exclusively. He has more than 30 years of experience in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. He knows what it takes to create a strong defense. Mr. Helfend aggressively defends his clients and works to get the best possible resolution at all times.

A key component of his defense strategy involves getting the charges against his clients reduced or dropped. That’s important in California, because of the state’s Three Strikes Law.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney, especially when the stakes are this high. Instead, work with an attorney who knows what it takes to defend his clients in court.

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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Murder Charge Added For Santa Paula Man
Murder Charge Added For Santa Paula Man
A homeless Santa Paula man will face murder charges when he returns to court next week. Police and prosecutors accuse him of pouring a flammable liquid on another homeless man and setting him on fire.

The incident took place on May 13 at Veterans Park in Santa Paula. The victim suffered burns over half of his body. Responders took the man to the UCLA Medical Center for treatment. He died there from his injuries about 10 days after the incident.

Prosecutors initially charged the suspect with assault with a deadly weapon, causing great bodily harm during the commission of a felony. He also faced charges of felony aggravated mayhem with a special deadly weapon allegation. Prosecutors upgraded those charges to first-degree murder after the victim’s death. He also faces arson charges. Authorities are holding him at the Ventura County Jail on a bail of $1M. If convicted, the suspect faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The suspect has a long history of contact with local policing agencies, including more than 70 arrests. His arrest record includes mostly minor offenses, including drug possession, weapons possession and battery.

Santa Paula murder lawyer


Murder is the most serious charge you can face. The prosecutor may also add special allegations, which further increase your risk of receiving the death penalty. A first degree murder conviction can result in lifetime incarceration without the possibility of parole. Your life is literally at stake. If you’re facing murder charges in Ventura County, you need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense, and will fight aggressively for your rights. His first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped. When that’s not a possibility, he will fight aggressively to ensure the best possible outcome for your case.

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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Oxnard Murder Suspects Arrested
Oxnard Murder Suspects Arrested
Two men suspected of participating in an Oxnard murder last December face charges following their arrest. An FBI team served a federal search warrant and took one suspect into custody in Farmington, NM. Oxnard police arrested the other suspect locally.

The Oxnard man faces charges of being an accessory after the fact, and received a $110,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court again on May 31. Ventura County authorities seek to extradite the New Mexico suspect to murder face charges. At the time of the murder, the suspect lived in Oxnard, but relocated to New Mexico immediately afterward.

Police discovered the victim, Giovanni Vega, in the 200 block of Vineyard Avenue last December. Nearby residents reported hearing gunshots, so the police department dispatched an officer to investigate. The officer did not notice anything unusual. About six hours later, a caller asked police to perform a welfare check on an individual in the same area. At that time, they determined the victim died from a gunshot wound.

Oxnard Murder Attorney


Although California hasn’t executed a prisoner in more than a decade, the death penalty is still a very real threat. If you’re accused of committing a homicide, or participating in one, you face some very specific legal challenges. Therefore, you need the help of a very experienced murder attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of courtroom defense experience, and takes homicide cases in Ventura County. You risk losing your freedom permanently, so an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney can help you build a solid defense. Don’t bet your freedom on an inexperienced attorney.

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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Murder Suspect Pleads No Contest
Murder Suspect Pleads No Contest
A man already serving a life sentence in a California prison pleaded no contest to a 1985 Oxnard murder. Vincent Mackey, 54, was preparing for a trial involving the murder of Isabel Hernandez in 1985. Instead of proceeding to trial, he offered a no-contest plea in the case. According to prosecutors, DNA evidence collected at the time of the attack implicated Mackey.

Mackey broke into the apartment where Hernandez lived, raped her and stabbed her to death. The police could not identify a suspect, but they collected and preserved evidence from the scene. The Oxnard Police Department reactivated the investigation into Hernandez’ death in 2013, and tested the crime scene evidence.

In 2014, a computerized check of known felons produced a match between Mackey and the Oxnard crime scene. In 1987, a jury convicted Mackey of the murder of James Sprigg, Mackey’s employer. Mackey killed Sprigg less than a year after he murdered Hernandez. He received a life sentence with no possibility of parole in that case.

Because the prosecutor opted not to seek the death penalty, Mackey will receive another life sentence in the case. Mackey’s sentencing is set for April 20.

Oxnard murder lawyer


In California, murder will put you at risk of receiving the death penalty. Because your life is on the line, you need an aggressive murder lawyer to defend you. Robert Helfend is an experienced criminal defense attorney who takes cases in Ventura County. He has more than 30 years of experience exclusively in courtroom defense.

Mr. Helfend manages each case personally, so his clients always receive the benefit of his extensive experience. Don’t rely on an inexperienced or timid criminal defense attorney, especially when your life is at risk.

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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Murder sentence in 1997 case
Murder sentence in 1997 case
A Ventura County judge sentenced a Port Hueneme man to life in prison for a 1997 murder. The man will not be eligible for parole. The victim, a 16-year-old-boy, died of stab wounds he received in his home. The victim and his mother surprised a burglar upon returning to their Ventura home.

The case went unsolved for more than 17 years, but advances in DNA testing finally produced a usable DNA profile. The teen confronted the burglar, and was stabbed three times. He died at the hospital.

Based on physical evidence at the scene, the defendant admitted to being in the home, but denied stabbing the boy. Controversy surrounded the case because the defendant’s DNA was not on the knife, which was found near the crime scene.

Computer analysis matched the defendant’s DNA profile to the crime scene evidence in 2014. He is now a married father of four. The defendant plans to appeal his conviction.

Port Hueneme Murder Attorney


Because California is a death penalty state, a murder charge literally puts your life on the line. You need experienced aggressive representation by an experienced murder attorney. Robert Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience exclusively in criminal defense. He has represented thousands of Californians in that time, and provides effective, aggressive criminal defense.

While DNA analysis is the “go-to” tool for criminal investigators, DNA evidence doesn’t mean the jury gets an “open-and-shut” case. A competent defense attorney knows how to challenge the evidence against his clients, regardless of what it is.

Don’t rely on an inexperienced or ineffective attorney when your life is at risk. 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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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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Ventura murder suspect arrested in TX
Ventura murder suspect arrested in TX
A man suspected in a double shooting in Ventura on December 4, in which one person died, was arrested for murder in Amarillo, TX on December 15. According to news reports, Ventura police developed information that Sadiki Shakur, of Ventura, had fled the area following a shooting.

Police allege that Shakur shot Spencer Turner, 27, of Ventura and another man as they left the Golden China Restaurant. Turner died at the scene and the other man was taken to the hospital. No motive for the shootings is known.

Amarillo police spotted Shakur’s rental vehicle parked at an Amarillo pizza restaurant. They surveilled the car until Shakur and another man left the restaurant. They conducted a traffic stop and arrested Shakur, the driver, and Ryan Pierret, a passenger, who is not connected to the shootings. Pierret was arrested for drug possession for having a small amount of marijuana on his person. Shakur is being held without bond in Amarillo, and faces an extradition hearing to California.

Ventura Murder Attorney

Murder is the most serious crime one can face in the State of California. Conviction on a homicide charge can result in the death penalty, life in prison with or without parole, or a long prison term. If you’ve been accused of murder in Ventura, it’s essential that you hire an experienced Ventura murder attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively in Ventura and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years. He has the experience to provide a rigorous, aggressive and effective defense on your behalf. Don’t put your life on the line or take risks with an inexperienced criminal defense attorney.

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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Three charged with Simi Valley murder
Three charged with Simi Valley murder
Three people were arrested and charged with a Simi Valley murder that occurred in 2009. Two of the suspects, husband and wife Ronald and Idee Scholz, were arrested in Coeur d’Alene Idaho and extradited to California. The third suspect, Simi Valley resident Glenn Sires, was also arrested.

According to police, victim Janice Richardson at one time lived with Idee Scholz. Scholz had stolen Richardson’s identity while the two lived together. Initially, police believed that Richardson, a known drug user, had died from a drug overdose. Later, friends of Idee Scholz shared details of Richardson’s death that convinced police to reexamine the case. Upon reexamination, policed determined that Richardson’s residence had been staged to make it appear as though she had accidentally overdosed.

Idee and Ronald Scholz left the area and moved to Idaho, where they remained until the time of their arrest. Investigators do not know why the trio killed Richardson

Simi Valley murder attorney


Murder is the most serious accusation California prosecutors can level against a person. Depending upon the circumstances of your case, you could face the death penalty, life in prison with or without parole, or a significant prison term. The severity of a murder sentence means that you must have the best possible representation throughout the judicial process against you. You need an experienced Simi Valley murder attorney like Robert Helfend.

Robert Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively in Ventura County and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years, and you will not find a more dedicated, more experienced murder attorney. Don’t gamble with your future.

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 murder case.

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Camarillo scene of domestic violence death
Camarillo scene of domestic violence death
Authorities in Camarillo are seeking the husband of a woman who was found dead in what is believed to be a domestic violence assault. Jose Guzman is wanted for questioning in connection with the death of his wife, whom police have not identified by name.

According to police reports, they were called to the couple’s Camarillo home for a domestic disturbance in the early hours of Friday, October 28. When police arrived, they found the woman with serious injuries, but Guzman had already left the residence. The woman was taken to a hospital in Thousand Oaks, but she later died of her injuries.

Guzman is a truck driver with no prior history of domestic violence. The couple had moved to Camarillo from Oxnard about three years ago. According to neighbors, the couple has two sons. Other relatives, including Guzman’s mother, were home at the time of the assault.

The woman would be the third Camarillo woman to die from a domestic assault in that city this year. Earlier in October, Janet Huntington was shot to death by her husband. He also shot himself, and died of his injuries the next day. In April, a 75-year-old Camarillo man shot and killed his 69-year-old wife before killing himself.

Camarillo Domestic Violence Attorney


If you’ve been accused of domestic assault, you need the assistance of an experienced domestic violence attorney like Robert Helfend. Fortunately, most domestic assaults do not result in death, and it is exceptionally important to intervene on domestic assault situations before they spiral out of control.

An experienced domestic violence attorney can help you address any criminal accusations, and avoid making potentially criminal situations worse. In many domestic abuse cases, the victim doesn’t want to press charges, but also doesn’t want to continue to live in an abusive situation. An experienced domestic violence attorney can help you and your partner work through the process of adjudicating or withdrawing a domestic abuse complaint in a way that meets all parties’ needs.

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 domestic violence case.

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Murder charge sticks for Ventura man
Homicide charge sticks for Ventura man
A 38-year-old Ventura man was convicted last month of second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of an acquaintance in June 2013. According to prosecutors, Cornell Allen, Jr., planned to kill Stefan Delondon Johnson because he believed that Johnson had slept with Allen’s girlfriend.

Allen’s attorneys argued that Allen shot Johnson in self-defense following an argument between the two men. After the shooting, Allen called police to tell them that he had shot an intruder. He was arrested and charged with first-degree homicide.

The jury, however, was not persuaded that the homicide was premeditated. Instead, they found Allen guilty of second-degree murder, but also determined that the special allegation against Allen – discharging a firearm to cause great bodily injury – was true. Allen will return to court for sentencing on November 7.

Ventura murder attorney


In California, there is no more serious crime than homicide. A conviction on first-degree murder charges can lead to lifetime imprisonment (25 years or more) with or without parole, or it can result in the death penalty. When you are facing a murder charge, your life is literally at risk. That’s why you must have an experienced murder attorney with you throughout the judicial process.

The difference between sentencing for first –degree homicide and second-degree homicide is significant. A second-degree homicide conviction can result in a sentence of 15 years to life. Special circumstances can add years to your sentence, so it’s important to fight the charges against you aggressively.

Robert Helfend has more than 30 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney in Southern California, and will take your case. He has a reputation for being an aggressive defender in court, and prosecutors know that there are no “slam dunks” when Robert Helfend is on defense.
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 murder case.

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