A Colusa Superior Court jury believed Cathy I. Mendoza was only defending herself when she shot and killed Jose Villarruel Guadalupe Saavedra on Aug. 30. After deliberating less than three hours, the eight-man, four-woman jury, handed down their decision that Mendoza was “not guilty” of second-degree murder, but “guilty” of using a short-barreled shotgun.Judge John H. Tiernan set June 17 for sentencing. Several of her friends and family breathed a large and loud collective sigh of relief after the verdict was read.“Thank the Lord,” Mendoza exclaimed, following the verdict. Acting on her attorney’s advice, Mendoza declined to comment http://www.appeal-democrat.com/colusa_sun_herald/news/verdict-in-mendoza-not-guilty-of-murder/article_ebe4f199-8d6a-58fa-8c62-498360de243a.html

Charges dismissed in machete attack

ORLAND — A Hamilton City man facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon in connection with an alleged machete attack had his case dismissed Wednesday in Glenn County Superior Court.Scott Charles Verry, 21, was arrested March 4 after he allegedly attacked a lifelong friend with a machete at a home on County Road 16.Witnesses said the victim, Dylan Scott Corral, 19, tried to run Verry down in a vehicle and had earlier reportedly punched out a window on the car, which injured a female.Corral jumped from the car and the two men began to fight, according to a report from the Glenn County Sheriff's Office. Verry reportedly grabbed the machete when Corral armed himself with a shovel. Corral suffered a severe laceration to his neck and was transported to Enloe Medical Center in Chico, where he underwent emergency surgery.Verry pleaded not guilty to the assault charge, which included a special allegation that the attack would likely cause great bodily harm. His bail, initially set at $125,000, was reduced to $25,000, and he was released on a bond. Glenn County District Attorney Robert Maloney said his office agreed to dismiss the case because, after reviewing police reports based largely on witness accounts, the incident started to look like a case of Verry defending himself.

​Wrongful death case to settle for 1.35


Posted: Thursday, April 30, 2015 12:10 am

By Harold Kruger/hkruger@appealdemocrat.com

The family of a Colusa man who died from injuries when a building he was helping demolish fell on him will receive $1.35 million to settle a wrongful death case, according to Colusa County Superior Court records. Because the settlement involves at least one minor child, it has to be approved by a judge. A hearing is set for May 7, one day after the third anniversary of Daniel Kesterson's death. Kesterson, 57, was helping take down the abandoned warehouse at 15 Fifth St., owned by Hoblit Rental Partners. A related company, Hoblit Motors Inc., also is a defendant. "My client is happy to have resolved the case without putting her children through a trial," said Matt Smith, a Sacramento lawyer who represents Kesterson's widow, Amber, and her five special needs children.

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