Friday, July 23rd:
*Pitchess Hearing (@ 10am PT) – CA – Blaze Bernstein
(19) (Jan. 2, 2018, Lake Forest; found Jan. 9, 2018; he was stabbed 19 times in his neck; 14 times on the left, 5 on the right & 1 stab wound in his left knee) – *Samuel Lincoln Woodward (20/now 23) arrested & charged (1/17/18) with 1 count of felony murder with a hate crime enhancement for killing someone because of their sexual orientation & sentencing enhancement-personal use of a knife. Plead not guilty (again on 11/9/18). $5M bail, bail revoked (11/9/18).
Could be sentenced from 26 years to life in prison without parole.
Trial was set to begin on 6/28/21 continued to 11/12/21.
Court hearings from 2/2/18 thru 5/14/21 reference post #882 here:
Found Deceased - CA - Blaze Bernstein, 19, Lake Forest, 2 Jan 2018 #7 *Arrest*
6/28/21 Update: Trial has been continued. Pretrial hearing re trial setting conference & Pitchess motion hearing on 7/9/21. Pitchess motion hearing on 7/9/21. A Pitchess motion is a defendant's request for information contained in a law enforcement officer's personnel file; when defendants can gain access to police misconduct.
7/9/21 Update: Orange County Superior Court Judge Kimberly Menninger agreed to set a tentative trial date on November 12 for Woodward to face a murder charge with enhancements for use of a deadly weapon & a hate crime despite Woodward's attorney Deputy Public Defender Alison Worthington wanted to delay the proceedings until at least January, 2022. Next Pitchess hearing on 7/23/21.