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One Accused Released, Two Others Face Trial for Brutal Assault in Bar Fight

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MODESTO, CA – Twin May bar fights—one female and another male victim—led to a preliminary hearing held here last week in Stanislaus County Superior Court, and in the end, one man was released and two people face trial.

Three people who were alleged to have been involved in the attack that resulted in the victim needing stitches were identified as Angelica Lopez, Arthur Peralta and Vincente Ruiz.

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Most court hearings rescheduled due to coronavirus. Here’s what’s still being heard.

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As a result of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, Stanislaus Superior Court has suspended all nonemergency services and will reduce its staff by an estimated 40 percent.

Stanislaus is among nearly every county in the state to get an emergency order to limit services and continue most matters.

The only matters that will be heard are:

• Criminal arraignments will be heard daily as scheduled. If you signed a promise to appear in court for arraignment in a felony or misdemeanor case, you will need to come to the court on the date you promised to appear. The judge may issue a bench warrant for your arrest if you fail to appear.

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One of four defendants in Turlock’s Donnelly Park homicide pleads guilty

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One of four defendants charged with robbing and beating a man to death in Turlock’s Donnelly Park in 2017 has taken a plea deal with a six-year sentence.

Terry Van Meter of Manteca was 16 when he and three others were arrested in the murder of 21-year-old Cameron Tracy, who was beaten unconscious with a metal baseball bat on Dec. 4, 2017. Tracy died from his injuries on Dec. 13.

Van Meter, Shaun Santos, 24, and Lavinia Perez, 41, both of Modesto, were charged with murder and two counts of robbery for the attack on Tracy and his girlfriend, as well as with two other robberies at the park the week before.

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‘Here we go again.’ Judge reluctantly grants request in former CHP officer’s case

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A judge on Tuesday reluctantly postponed a trial for a former California Highway Patrol officer accused of concealing a murder allegedly committed by three men who have since been acquitted of that crime.

Judge Barbara Zuniga sounded frustrated as she granted the prosecution’s request to delay the trial for Walter Wells, who faces charges of conspiracy to obstruct justice and acting as an accessory in connection with the death of Turlock resident Korey Kauffman.

“I have never seen a case plagued with so many problems,” Zuniga told Chief Deputy District Attorney Marlisa Ferreira. “A lot of them caused by your office, ma’am.”

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