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Ringleader Of Richmond Gang Rape Testifies

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MARTINEZ, Calif. —

A man who was convicted in connection with the brutal gang rape of a 16-year-old girl outside of a Richmond High School homecoming dance took the witness stand Thursday in the trial against two of his alleged co-conspirators.

Ari Morales, 19, of San Pablo, testified in a Martinez courtroom Thursday about the events of the night of Oct. 24, 2009, when he and several others took part in the gang rape and beating. The testimony is part of the trial against 20-year-old Marcelles Peter and 22-year-old Jose Montano, who are both charged with rape, rape with a foreign object and forced oral copulation.

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Richmond Gang Rape Case- Victim Testifies

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MARTINEZ, Calif. — The victim of an alleged gang rape at Richmond High told jurors Monday she doesn’t recall the brutal 2009

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homecoming night assault and only remembers waking up with a severe headache and aching body.
The young woman, who was 16 years old the time of the attack, spoke in a soft voice and did not make eye contact with her alleged attackers in the Martinez courtroom.

She told jurors she remembered being at the homecoming dance that night, but got a headache and went outside. She denied the claims of the defendants that she drank alcohol with them.

The young woman – who stood 4-foot-11 and weighed about 95 pounds at the time of the attack — said when she regained consciousness her headache had gotten worse and her body ached from her “neck down.” She continues to have problems with her hip, the young woman told jurors.
She was expected to be on the stand at the trial of 20-year-old Marcelles Peter and 22-year-old Jose Montano at least until lunch time. The proceedings are unique in that there are two separate juries – one for each defendant — listening to the testimony.

The young woman’s father has already given gut-wrenching testimony, describing the horrifying scene as he first saw his daughter following the brutal attack.

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The father talked extensively about the scene the night in October of 2009 at Richmond High School and seeing his daughter as she was being wheeled from the scene after the horrible crime. “[Her] face was distorted, ashen, gray, clammy. She appeared to me on death row. Hair was all messed up. Lots of vomit in her hair,” the father said. “[There was a] footprint on the side of her face.” The father, identified as John Doe, described seeing his daughter in the aftermath of the attack as terrifying.

“It is a horror. It’s very scary to see what I did at that point,” he said.

The case centers around who did what in the gang rape of the young woman after her homecoming dance at Richmond High.

The victim was raped repeatedly for hours by as many as 20 people. Montano and Peter were among six men charged in the crime. Two men are awaiting trial, and two others took plea deals

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Concord child molester allegedly exposed young victims to HIV

MARTINEZ, Calif. —

A Concord man accused of having sex with children as young as 13 years old may face enhanced charges for being HIV positive and knowingly exposing his young alleged victims to the serious disease, prosecutors said.

The shocking crime involves an alleged HIV positive child molester from Concord.

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Oikos shooting suspect still mentally incompetent

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OAKLAND, Calif. —

Doctors believe a man accused of murdering seven people in a shooting rampage at Oakland’s Oikos University in April 2012 is still mentally incompetent to stand trial, his lawyer told a judge Monday.

One Goh, 44, didn’t attend his brief hearing in Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland because he’s still being treated at Napa State Hospital, where he was sent earlier this year after a judge ruled on Jan. 7 that he’s not competent to stand trial and suspended the legal proceedings against him.

Judge Jon Rolefson ordered that Goh return to court on Dec. 9 for another update on his mental competency.

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Officers describe brutal scene- Richmond High Gang Rape Trial

MARTINEZ, Calif. —

Jurors heard disturbing testimony Wednesday from police officers who were among the first to see the aftermath of a 2009 gang rape following a homecoming dance at Richmond High School.

One officer said that at first, he wasn’t even sure the victim was alive.

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KTVU: Victim’s father gives harrowing testimony in Richmond gang rape trial

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MARTINEZ, Calif.

The father of the Richmond High gang rape victim offered some gut-wrenching testimony Tuesday, describing the horrifying scene as he first saw his daughter following the brutal attack.

A news camera was allowed inside the courtroom for opening statements, but not for witness testimony.

The victim’s father was the first to take the stand in the unusual double-jury trial of two Richmond High gang rape suspects, 20-year-old Marcelles Peter and 22-year-old Jose Montano.

The father talked extensively about the scene the night in October of 2009 at Richmond High School and seeing his daughter as she was being wheeled from the scene after the horrible crime.

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SF State officer injured by protesters allegedly trying to occupy dorms

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SAN FRANCISCO — 

A San Francisco State University police officer was injured while removing several trespassers at a university dormitory Thursday night, a university spokeswoman said.

Some unauthorized people entered Mary Ward Hall at about 8 p.m. and university police were called, university spokeswoman Ellen Griffin said.

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KTVU- Dad wants evidence in girl’s stabbing

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VALLEY SPRINGS, Calif.

The father of a 12-year-old boy accused of fatally stabbing his 8-year-old sister said Monday he will believe his son is innocent until he sees evidence that proves otherwise.

Barney Fowler told The Associated Press the family is backing the boy, who was arrested Saturday after a crime that terrified this Central California foothill community.

“Until they have the proper evidence to show it’s my son, we’re standing behind him,” Fowler said. “If they have the evidence, well that’s another story. We’re an honest family.”

The boy told investigators on April 27 that he encountered a random attacker in the family home while his father was attending a Little League game. He described the man as tall with long gray hair.

The boy said the man fled on foot and he found his sister, Leila Fowler, bleeding.

Leila’s death set off an intense manhunt in the rural community where some residents had moved to escape big city crime. The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office spent more than 2,000 man-hours amassing evidence and searching door-to-door.

Residents of the rural community began locking their doors and calling authorities when they thought they saw men who fit the description.

They also held fundraisers for the Fowler family and turned out by the thousands for a candlelight vigil in Leila’s honor.

“We’re thankful to the community and all they’ve done for my daughter,” Barney Fowler said.

He echoed comments made earlier Monday by his son, Justin Fowler, 19, who told the AP the family was in shock and extremely sad about the boy’s arrest.

“We’re just in a fog,” Justin Fowler said.

Rumors began spreading last week around town that the 12-year-old was a suspect. The AP is withholding his name because he is a juvenile.

“I know there were a bunch of rumors going around saying it could possibly be him but nobody wanted to say that he could do that,” said Maureen Lourenco, whose children attend middle school with the boy. “I have a 12-year-old son and my daughter’s 14 and I just can’t fathom them doing that.”

Residents say the Fowlers are good neighbors who never caused any problems. Now after fearing for weeks that a random intruder had committed a heinous crime in their midst, they’re dealing with another kind of reality.

“To kill a little girl? Eight years old? I don’t understand how” they handle that, neighbor Arturo Magallon said.

People across the mountain community were relieved there had been an arrest, and the crime did not appear to be the work of an intruder.

“I see a lot of people now starting to walk again like it used to be before,” Magallon said.

Investigators initially maintained the boy was being questioned only as a witness.

The Fowler family is now trying to cope with what could be a double tragedy.

“We’re just trying to stay positive, but it’s hard,” Justin Fowler said.

Days after his sister’s killing, the 12-year-old brother appeared at a vigil for her. Justin was photographed with the name “Leila” written on his forearm. Barney Fowler attended with his fiancé, Krystal Walters.

“We’re a strong family,” Barney Fowler said Monday. “We’re staying strong.”

On Monday, counselors were talking to the siblings’ classmates at Toyon Middle School.

“Our kids are experiencing a lot of mixed emotions,” said Superintendent Mark Campbell. “We have a degree of ease that it’s not a random assailant, but it’s a double whammy from our school perspective. We lost a student and we stand to lose another. It’s a lot for our kids to process.”

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