Friday, June 7 2013 7:25 PM EDT2013-06-07 23:25:59 GMT
SANTA MARIA - 54 year old Pedro Torres was so badly beaten in his Santa Barbara County Jail cell last Monday that the County Sheriff's Department, which runs the jail, said Torres could not attend hisMore >>
Pedro Torres was hospitalized after being beaten in his jail cell last Monday. More >>
Thursday, June 6 2013 8:16 PM EDT2013-06-07 00:16:13 GMT
SANTA MARIA - They walked into Santa Maria Court dressed in their own personal clothing and not Santa Barbara County Jail jumpsuits, a key condition for allowing news cameras in court for the first time. SomeMore >>
Sheriff's Department says one of the eleven defendants was beaten in his jail cell on Monday and unable to attend court hearing.More >>
Wednesday, June 5 2013 12:03 PM EDT2013-06-05 16:03:38 GMT
SANTA MARIA – There are eleven defendants charged in the alleged kidnapping, torture and murder of Anthony Ibarra in a Santa Maria back in March. With eleven attorneys at their side, all eleven defendantsMore >>
Arraignments for eleven defendants in gang-related homicide case on Thursday.
Monday, June 3 2013 7:40 PM EDT2013-06-03 23:40:16 GMT
SANTA MARIA - Santa Maria Court had never seen anything like the child molestation trial of pop star Michael Jackson nearly a decade ago. By contrast, the arraignment later this week of 11 defendantsMore >>
The arraignment of 11 defendants in the kidnapping, torture and murder of Anthony Ibarra will be a challenge for court administration.More >>
Tuesday, May 28 2013 7:25 PM EDT2013-05-28 23:25:18 GMT
SANTA MARIA - Three generations of the Maldonado family are behind bars in connection with what police say was the kidnapping, torture and gang-related murder of Anthony Ibarra at a home in Santa MariaMore >>
David, Ramon and Ramon Maldonado Jr. are among eleven suspects charged in murder of Anthony Ibarra.More >>
Thursday, April 18 2013 8:15 PM EDT2013-04-19 00:15:46 GMT
SANTA MARIA - The eight men and two women charged in the Ibarra homicide case returned to Santa Maria Court with their attorneys to be formally arraigned on murder and various other charges that couldMore >>
D.A. still deciding whether to seek death penalty in killing of Anthony Ibarra.More >>
Wednesday, April 10 2013 3:24 PM EDT2013-04-10 19:24:32 GMT
SANTA MARIA - Eight men and two women are charged in the homicide of 28 year old Anthony Ibarra whom prosecutors say was beaten, tortured and killed last month in a home on West Donovan Road in what prosecutorsMore >>
Ten men and women are charged in gang-related, torture-involved killing of Anthony Ibarra last month.More >>
Tuesday, April 9 2013 8:18 PM EDT2013-04-10 00:18:48 GMT
SANTA MARIA - If you own a home and rent it out you can sit back and collect the rent. But you're still potentially liable for everything that happens on or in the property including if there is a homicide.More >>
Santa Maria home where authorities say Anthony Ibarra was tortured and killed was rented out.More >>
Friday, April 5 2013 9:24 PM EDT2013-04-06 01:24:04 GMT
SANTA MARIA - All nine suspects have been arrested for the murder of one man and all set to be arraigned in court next Wednesday. Seven defendants are charged with murder and could face the death penalty. TheMore >>
Conflict Defense Team attorneys work under contract with the Superior Court in cases where there are multiple defendants.More >>
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - A possible lover's quarrel could explain why a body was dumped in the back of a U-Haul Tuesday in Orcutt.
Police are calling 42-year-old Reyes Gonzales, a well-known gang member, and the latest of four suspects charged in the murder of 28-year-old Anthony Ibarra.
"He was booked into the county jail for violating his probation and subsequently to that arrest he has now been charged with murdering in connection with the investigation that has been ongoing," said Sergeant Dan Cohen, Santa Maria Police Department.
The investigation began Monday at 1142 West Donovan where police found evidence that an assault had occurred. It wasn't until Tuesday morning Ibarra's body was found stuffed in the back of a U-Haul truck found parked in an Orcutt neighborhood.
At the time, police arrested Ramon Maldonado, also a well-known gang member according to police, along with Carmen Cardenas and Pedro Torres.
Central Coast News asked police if Ibarra's body had any markings on it. "It would be inappropriate for me to comment on the state of the evidence," said Cohen.
The district attorney's office is alleging torture was used in Ibarra's death which would open the door for the death penalty.
"I can tell you that I am confident that at least two individuals are known and documented members of street gangs in the Santa Maria or Guadalupe area," said Cohen.
Sources tell Central Coast News the victim has two young children with a woman named Sunni Sosa, who we've learned is Gonzales' sister. Gonzales was also arrested last year after a drug raid at a home in Orcutt and charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance, child endangerment and probation violation.
"Your Santa Maria Police Department is investigating this crime diligently and was brought to resolution quickly and we will continue to work hard on this case," explained Cohen.
All four suspects are expected back in court on Friday morning for a formal arraignment on the charges against them.
Wednesday, June 5 2013 5:40 PM EDT2013-06-05 21:40:27 GMT
Dear Jon - Tina wrote to me and asked, "Dear Jon, who paid for Tibor Karsai's RV, was it taxpayer money?" We went to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department to get some answers. This whole TiborMore >>
Dear Jon - Tina wrote to me and asked, "Dear Jon, who paid for Tibor Karsai's RV, was it taxpayer money?" We went to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department to get some answers. More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 1:08 AM EDT2013-06-18 05:08:01 GMT
SANTA BARBARA, Calif.- A Santa Barbara man is behind bars after police say he stabbed his roommate in the neck while he was sleeping. More >>
SANTA BARBARA, Calif.- A Santa Barbara man is behind bars after police say he stabbed his roommate in the neck while he was sleeping. Police arrested Daniel Andrick, 43, after he allegedly stabbed hisMore >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:54 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:54:24 GMT
SANTA BARBARA, Calif.- A mother lands herself in jail after Santa Barbara police say she was on meth when she flipped her car with two children inside. Heather Maassen, 30 was arrested Sunday after policeMore >>
SANTA BARBARA, Calif.- A mother lands herself in jail after Santa Barbara police say she was on meth when she flipped her car with two children inside. More >>