murder

Former Auburn man’s killer gets 40-years-to-life prison sentence

A man convicted of killing a former Auburn resident was sentenced to more than 40 years in prison Tuesday. Joseph Kenneth Lopez, Jr., 21, was handed the maximum sentence of 43-ye ...

Death sentence costs too much

The article about the Rodney Alcala trial was sickening, (Journal, Feb. 23). He was convicted in 1979 for killing 12-year-old Robin Samsoe. Now, many years later, he is being tri ...

Attorney alleges juror was drunk during murder trial

Allegations that a juror was regularly under the influence of alcohol during a recent murder trial could result in a new trial. in January, David Harrison Buzzetta was convicted of ...

Murder victim remembered

In response to the Feb. 23 article in the Journal regarding Rodney Alcala: I was a classmate of Robin Samsoe’s in the fifth grade, back in 1978. She was a beautiful blonde-hair ...

Erends gets life without the possibility of parole

The Roseville woman convicted last month of brutally murdering her friend with a wallpaper scraper will spend the rest of her life behind bars. Stephanie Nicole Erends, 26, was fo ...

Madsen goes home after 4 1/2 years

After three murder trials and more than four and a half years in custody, Caleb John Madsen walked out of the Placer County Jail a free man Monday afternoon. The 28-year-old Gra ...

Madsen not guilty of first-degree murder

After two days worth of deliberations, a Placer County jury Monday found 28-year-old Caleb John Madsen not guilty of murder in the first degree for the July 9, 2005 stabbing death ...

Madsen murder case goes to the jury

For the third time, a Placer County jury has begun deliberating as to whether or not Caleb John Madsen murdered Christopher Worth with a single stab wound to the heart on a warm su ...

Alleged gas station killer still not fit for trial

The man suspected of fatally stabbing a Folsom woman at a Roseville gas station in 2006 will be incarcerated at Napa State Hospital until he's found mentally sound to stand trial. ...

Buzzetta drops insanity plea to avoid life without the possibility of parole

David Buzzetta, the Roseville man convicted of first-degree murder for the March 2007 brutal killing of his stepfather, will serve 26 years to life in state prison. The sentence wa ...

Buzzetta murder case goes to the jury

The Roseville man accused of bludgeoning to death his stepfather with a baseball bat nearly three years ago must now wait for a Placer County jury to decide his fate. David Harriso ...

Kovacich murder-case prosecutors receive prestigious Placer County honor

A 26-year-old murder mystery. A former law enforcement officer as a prime suspect. A dogged investigation and a prosecution team dedicated to bringing a criminal to justice and l ...

Penryn man guilty of murder, torture

A jury declared Tuesday that a Penryn man is guilty of torturing and murdering his cousin. Donald Hugh Sherman, 44, was found guilty of first-degree murder and torture in the Sep ...

Defense says Sherman was ‘easy mark’ for others to take advantage

Donald Sherman “tragically” put himself in a place where he lost control, his attorney Kyle Knapp told a jury Friday. Over Labor Day weekend 2006, he lost control at his Penry ...

Mystery murder suspect fingered

Officials believe they are a step closer to solving the 2004 murder of two El Dorado County river rafting guides after a possible suspect was killed in a New Mexico shoot-out. New ...