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    CA - Korey Kauffman, 26, slain, 3 CHP officers, att'y charged, Turlock, 31 Mar 2012



    STANISLAUS COUNTY, Calif. (KCRA) -*Nine people, including three California Highway Patrol officers and a criminal defense attorney, have been arrested in the death of a missing Turlock man found dead in the Stanislaus National Forest, deputies said Friday.
    Korey Kauffman's body was found Aug. 19, 2013 by hunters in the forest near Yosemite National Park. His death was classified as suspicious, according to the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department.



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    This case interests me, partly because it is a California case and partly because it is so very unusual.

    I plan on reading the affidavit but since it is 334 pages, I won't even start until later today or tonight. I plan to take my time.

    Thanks for getting the thread started.

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    The AP article:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/...ef=mostpopular

    New Details Emerge In Forgotten Murder That Snared Attorney, Highway Patrolmen
    Those arrested either played a part in the killing of the 26-year-old Korey Kauffman or helped cover it up, officials said.


    Associated Press By Paul Elias
    Posted: 08/15/2015 12:08 PM EDT | Edited: 22 minutes ago


    “SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A long and largely forgotten death investigation in California's Central Valley has led to a vast and unexpected set of arrests that included three current and former Highway Patrol officers and a prominent defense attorney.

    They were among nine people arrested in the 2012 disappearance and killing of Korey Kauffman, stemming from the belief that he was stealing the attorney's antiques, law enforcement officials said at a news conference Friday in Modesto, California. ...”

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    The court document is well over 300 pages long, and mind-numbing in detail. I have no basis for comparison, but this seems excessively long. I cannot imagine how long it took to compose. At any rate, I hope this will help justice prevail. I shudder to think the attorney at the center of this complicated criminal case could have been elected district attorney. I am disgusted that 3 LE officers are also possibly involved. It is quite an extraordinary case IMHO.
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    I read a lot but not all of the arrest warrant/court document. It contains a lot of evidence on the many different people involved and how they are involved. It's a very sad situation that went on for many years. What I learned is how LE builds a case with many pieces of information/evidence.

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    That's a miniseries right there. I'm only 20 pages in and already most of the stuff is too weird to make believable in a work of fiction. Quite a cast of characters.

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    This is like a melodrama from the 40s. Unbelievable! I just finished re-reading Stuart Wood's "Chiefs" and this story of powerful people in a corrupt town - call me naive but really? In this day and age? It also reminds me of Greg Illes novels about Natchez.

    I hope all those involved get a fair trial, and if convicted, I hope they feel the fullest extent of the law. SMDH.

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    Feature article from October 23:

    http://www.therecorder.com/id=120274...20160002115518

    Frank Carson has finally been quieted in court.

    The veteran criminal defense attorney, once the pugnacious go-to guy for Stanislaus County residents in big legal trouble, is now a defendant himself. Prosecutors say Carson was the mastermind of a complex, multiple-suspect conspiracy that resulted in the 2012 death of a Turlock man. So now Carson spends his days sitting silently in a Modesto courtroom, watching the preliminary hearing that will determine whether he faces a murder trial...

    But this is a strange case, one that involves nine defendants—including three California Highway Patrol officers—and a history of bad blood between the defendant and the district attorney's office... "He just is not a friendly person when you're opposing him," said his lawyer, Martinez. "He rubs prosecutors the wrong way. The people in the community love Frank Carson. The problem is that every prosecutor who has to try a case against him, they hate him"...

    The entire Stanislaus County bench has recused itself from the case. Contra Costa Superior Court Judge Barbara Zuniga is overseeing the preliminary hearing. The proceedings move at a tedious pace at times, with six defense attorneys offering numerous objections to witness statements. The hearing finished its second week Friday. Prosecutors, who submitted a list of 70 potential witnesses, had projected a four-week proceeding. That seems optimistic.
    From December 30:

    http://www.modbee.com/news/article52352435.html

    Carson’s preliminary hearing is ongoing and will stretch into 2016, likely making it the longest preliminary hearing in the state’s history.

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    http://www.modbee.com/news/local/cri...e70938127.html

    It was supposed to last three to four weeks. Six months later, the preliminary hearing continues for Modesto attorney Frank Carson and five others charged in the slaying of Turlock resident Korey Kauffman. And it’s unclear when it will end...

    The preliminary hearing has been in session 56 court days over the past six months, delayed by scheduling conflicts, holidays, vacations, challenges to evidence and now a defense attorney’s injury.

    Jesse Garcia, who represents Carson’s wife, says he will return to the case Tuesday, when testimony can resume. Garcia recently suffered a serious ankle injury and underwent extensive surgery.

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    I'm local to this, I actually have met the GF of Woody the one who recorded him admitting stuff.. So weird.. But I heard there's new stuff going on in the case, for some reason when I search on Google for this local to me it never gives me results that actually help it just gives me the same things no matter how I rephrase things 😑


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    Wow. So I'm assuming there are not any recent updates in the newspapers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by glf View Post
    Wow. So I'm assuming there are not any recent updates in the newspapers?
    Nope... Nothing new, I've heard aloooooot of rumors though.. That's Turlock for you, sweep everything under the rug..


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    Wow I'm finally reading the affadavit and let me just say I'm SO glad that no one from my town is really into this type of things cause they name like every witness to everything and a lot of this stuff is a big no no to a lot of people...
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    http://www.kcra.com/article/modesto-...m-jail/8530323

    A Stanislaus County judge released Frank Carson, Daljit Athwal and Baljit Athwal on their own recognizance until their next status hearing on Jan. 3, Stanislaus County Deputy District Attorney John Goold said.

    The decision came after DA investigators found some audio recordings connected to 26-year-old Korey Kauffman’s murder case that may or may not have been given to the defense as part of discovery.

    “There was no time to confirm whether these recordings had been previously disclosed or not,” Goold said in a statement... The judge, “felt compelled to do this in order to protect the record on appeal,” Goold added.

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    Carson preliminary hearing, already longest in county history, on hiatus for a month - January 3rd

    http://www.modbee.com/news/local/cri...124324964.html

    A judge on Tuesday placed a 15-month preliminary hearing for six defendants charged in the Korey Kauffman slaying on hiatus until February to give defense attorneys time to review evidence the prosecution did not reveal until recently.

    The hearing to determine whether a trial is needed began in mid-October 2015 for Modesto attorney Frank Carson and five other defendants. Carson is accused of being the ringleader of a criminal conspiracy to thwart thieves from repeatedly stealing antiques and scrap metal from his property on Ninth Street in Turlock.
    Zuniga said she is concerned the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office will continue to find more audio recordings as prosecutors audit the information they gathered in the murder case that dates back more than four years, not long after Kauffman disappeared in 2012.

    The judge told the prosecutor that someone not involved in the murder investigation needs to review the prosecution’s master list before the hearing resumes Feb. 7.

    “Because this has got to end,” Zuniga said in court. “This has really got to stop.”

    Ferreira told the judge that they worked every day since Dec. 22, except Christmas and New Year’s days, to create an indexed list of 108 recordings that had not been provided to the defense. She said they will continue to work on creating the master list of evidence and identifying someone to be in charge of the list.

    Robert Forkner, Christina DeFilippo’s attorney, asked the judge to defer her ruling on sanctions against the prosecution until after the defense has a chance to review the recordings. He said some of these recordings are interviews of witnesses who have already testified in the hearing.

    The judge said she intends to impose sanctions on the prosecution for withholding this information, but she first wants to determine what extent of the information was already provided before deciding what sanctions will be imposed.

    “It’s not something I’m going to do until I have full understanding of the violations,” Zuniga told the attorneys.

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