CA - Erin Corwin, 19, missing 28 June 2014 *Media, Maps & Timelines* *No Discussion*

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    Christopher Lee back in San Bernardino
    August 25, 2014


    Christopher Lee, who is the suspect in the death of Marine wife Erin Corwin, has returned to California and is scheduled to appear in San Bernardino County Superior Court Tuesday, jail records show.

    He was taken into custody at 12:03 a.m. Monday and his court appearance is set for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Joshua Tree courthouse, 6527 White Feather Road.

    http://www.desertsun.com/story/news/crime_courts/2014/08/25/christopher-lee-san-bernardino/14560127/
     
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    Erin Corwin husband Jon Corwin has 'closure'


    As the search dragged on and on, Jonathan Corwin clung to a dark kind of hope.

    His wife, Erin, had been missing for weeks. She had vanished without explanation, launching a mystery in the high desert, where vast empty spaces remain wild and dangerous.

    And while Jonathan never lost hope that Erin would be found, he admitted to himself that she would not be found alive. Answers were the best he could hope for. When her body was finally discovered, crumpled in an abandoned mineshaft, Jonathan felt more relief than loss.

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    Jonathan has previously declined all interview requests, insisting he was emotionally unprepared to talk about Erin. On Monday, the mourning husband said he believed finally speaking publicly — coupled with the vigil — would help him heal and move on.

    The Corwins first met in middle school, and started dating a few years later. They were married in November 2012, and Erin moved to the high desert last September, while Jonathan was deployed in Okinawa.

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    Jonathan said Erin was a quiet young woman who loved animals — especially horses — and dreamed of raising children. She was also extremely shy, and would have been terrified by the media spotlight that was drawn to the mystery of her disappearance.

    On the day Erin disappeared, she woke about 7 a.m., then prepared for a trip into the desert. Erin told him she was headed to nearby Joshua Tree National Park to take pictures. Jonathan was still in bed.

    "I said 'OK. I love you,' " Jonathan said Monday. "She gave me a kiss. And then she left."

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    On Monday, Jonathan said he had once called Lee a friend.

    The Lees had been neighbors of the Corwins since last fall, when Jonathan and Erin moved into an apartment building on the Twentynine Palms base. Jonathan and Lee shared a passion for off-roading and recreational shooting, and their wives both volunteered at the same horse ranch, so the neighbors became fast friends. They hung out "almost every day," Jonathan said.

    In March, Jonathan discovered Chris and Erin had a brief affair. However, Jonathan believed the fling was over, and so he had made amends with his wife and tried to forgive his neighbor. Jonathan didn't discover the affair had continued until after Erin had disappeared.

    Even now, Jonathan tries to forgive.

    http://www.desertsun.com/story/news...orwin-closure-now-erin-corwin-vigil/14606557/


    Erin Corwin remembered at Twentynine Palms vigil


    http://www.desertsun.com/picture-ga...emembered-at-twentynine-palms-vigil/14604337/

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    Erin Corwin death: Christopher Lee pleads not guilty
    August 26, 2014

    Christopher Lee, 24, made his first appearance in a California courtroom on Tuesday after being extradited from Alaska. He wore a gray prisoner's jumpsuit and had full beard and finely combed hair. The hearing lasted only a few minutes, and Lee barely spoke.

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    "It's going to take a while, in a case of this magnitude, to get any information from the DA's office, so we can evaluate the evidence is," Kaloyanides said. "There are a lot of different angles to investigate, and (we need) to see what they have."

    Lee's wife, Nichole, did not attend the arraignment hearing. Erin's husband, Marine Cpl. Jonathan Corwin, sat quietly in the back of the room with his father Tom.

    Lee is schedule to return to court for another hearing on Sept. 16.

    http://www.desertsun.com/story/news...n-corwin-christopher-lee-court-plea/14646713/

    Ex-Marine pleads not guilty in murder of Erin Corwin; Coroner seals autopsy

    Christopher Brandon Lee, 24, entered the plea Tuesday to first-degree murder with a special allegation of lying in wait. The San Bernardino County District Attorney will decide whether to seek the death penalty at a future date.

    Lee was arrested in Alaska on Aug. 17 after the body of 19-year-old Erin Corwin was found down a 100-foot mine shaft near Joshua Tree in the Mojave Desert. The Tennessee native went missing June 28.

    http://www.cbs8.com/story/26377979/...n-murder-of-erin-corwin-coroner-seals-autopsy

    Corwin murder suspect pleads not guilty

    News Channel 3 and CBS Local 2 were in the courtroom when Lee was arraigned at 1:30 p.m. Lee wore a dark blue jumpsuit. His beard was clean-shaved and his hair was clean-cut as he faced judge Rod Cortez and pleaded not guilty to murder charges.

    Cortez said Lee faces charges in Erin's murder and a special circumstance allegation of "lying in wait," which means he will be held in jail without bail.

    http://m.kesq.com/news/corwin-murder-suspect-pleads-not-guilty/27735166

    Video of hearing^^^

    PHOTOS: Christopher Brandon Lee Pleads Not Guilty To Murder Charge

    http://photos.sbsun.com/2014/08/photos-christopher-brandon-lee-pleads-not-guilty-to-murder-charge/#1
     
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    Ex-Marine Lee pleads not guilty to killing Ridger
    By Russel Langley/The Oak Ridger
    Posted Sep. 2, 2014 @ 2:14 pm

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    If Lee is found guilty of the murder he could face the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole because of a lying in wait enhancement to the murder charge. San Bernardino County (Calif.) District Attorney Michael Ramos has also told the press that if an autopsy confirms that Erin was more than four to six weeks pregnant, Lee could face a second murder charge for the unborn baby.

    Read more: http://www.oakridger.com/article/20140902/News/140909962#ixzz3CIXmlBNe[HR][/HR]Checks to Erin Corwin's rescue team stolen from mailbox
    Denise Goolsby, The (Palm Springs, Calif.) Desert Sun 9 p.m. EDT August 31, 2014

    [...]
    The checks had been stolen from a mailbox in Redlands days after the funds were given to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Cave and Technical Rescue Team during a vigil for Corwin on Monday at Luckie Park in Twentynine Palms.

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    Vigil held for Erin Corwin in Oak Ridge
    Posted: Sep 19, 2014

    With pens in hand, friends and family of Erin Corwin wrote about their favorite memories with Erin. Her vigil was at the East Tennessee Riding Club in Oak Ridge where Erin rode horses for several years.

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    With pens in hand, friends and family of Erin Corwin wrote about their favorite memories with Erin. Her vigil was at the East Tennessee Riding Club in Oak Ridge where Erin rode horses for several years.

    http://www.wate.com/story/26582205/vigil-held-for-erin-corwin-in-oak-ridge

    Photo gallery and video at link ^^^
     
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    Christopher Lee hearing rescheduled in Erin Corwin case
    October 29, 2014

    Isabel Megli was in San Bernardino County Superior Court on Wednesday to deal with a livestock citation when she noticed a shackled Christopher Lee sitting just a few feet away in the jury box.

    It was the first time the Yucca Valley woman saw her former tenant since he was arrested two months ago on suspicion of killing Erin Corwin, whose disappearance sparked a massive search that ended when her body was found in a mine shaft.

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    He was in court for a formal appearance that precedes a preliminary hearing. However, it was rescheduled to Dec. 2 so the defense could review evidence.

    Lee's attorney, David Kaloyanides, said he received "several discs and documents" this week. He added Lee was doing well and understood the court process may last awhile.

    "Rushing to court is never a good idea, and it's rarely possible in a complex case," Kaloyanides said after the hearing.

    http://www.desertsun.com/story/news/crime_courts/2014/10/29/christopher-lee-erin-corwin/18107327/
     
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    Christopher Lee to return to court in March

    Dougherty said Corwin's possible pregnancy, as well as other specific details, could be discussed during March 4 preliminary hearing.

    If Corwin was pregnant, the charges against Lee could be doubled.

    California law allows prosecutors to file murder charges in the slaying of unborn children, and San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos has said in a prior interview that additional charges are a possibility.

    http://www.desertsun.com/story/news/crime_courts/2015/01/06/christopher-lee-erin-corwin/21326885/
     
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    Corwin’s accused killer in hearing
    April 1, 2015

    Christopher Brandon Lee, the former Marine accused of murdering Erin Corwin and leaving her body in an abandoned mine shaft, will be in court Thursday, April 2, and possibly Friday, April 3, for a preliminary hearing.

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    During a pre-pre-liminary hearing before Cortez on Wednesday, April 1, attorneys sparred over objections the defense attorney made to two pieces of evidence they believed prosecutors were planning to introduce.

    http://www.hidesertstar.com/the_desert_trail/news/article_b0c87c52-d8bc-11e4-95e6-cbf7932f497b.html
     
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    Erin Corwin expected proposal the day she disappeared
    April 2 2015


    Erin Corwin thought she was being taken into the desert for a marriage proposal. Excited, she texted a friend in Tennessee, eager to share the big news.

    "The location is only half the surprise," Corwin texted. "He said he's honestly not sure how I'm going to react … Seriously, I don't know why he would drag me to a very special place … for a big dumb surprise."

    Corwin's texts about Chris Lee were happy, sprinkled with emoticons and "LOLs."

    She was oblivious to the fact that she was about to die.

    http://www.desertsun.com/story/news/crime_courts/2015/04/02/chris-lee-erin-corwin-hearing/70822386/

    Much more at link^^^
     
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    What if Erin Corwin had never been found?
    April 7, 2015

    Two prosecution experts said this week that High Desert law enforcement could have filed a strong case against homicide suspect Chris Lee even if authorities never found the body of Erin Corwin.

    Tad DiBiase, a former Washington D.C prosecutor, and David Butt, a former Toronto prosecutor, both of whom have previously won "no-body" homicide cases, told The Desert Sun that the circumstantial evidence against Lee, amassed before Corwin's body was located, was likely enough for a difficult-yet-winnable prosecution.

    http://www.desertsun.com/story/news...07/erin-corwin-chis-lee-murder-case/25423111/
     
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    Christopher Lee pleaded not guilty to Erin Corwin murder
    April 22, 2015

    The man accused of murdering Erin Corwin, then dumping her body in an abandoned, unmapped mine shaft in California pleaded not guilty to all charges in an arraignment Wednesday morning.

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    Due to decomposition, the autopsy was unable to confirm whether or not Corwin was pregnant, despite the fact that Corwin believed she was pregnant when she went missing. If Corwin had been confirmed pregnant, Lee would likely face a second murder charge.

    http://www.wbir.com/story/news/2015...aignment-erin-corwin-murder-charges/26177025/
     
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    Mother of Oak Ridge woman murdered in California opens up
    April 24, 2015

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    “She was happiest on the back of a horse,” said Heavilin.

    Heavilin said Erin’s second home was the East Tennessee Riding Club in Oak Ridge. It’s now become a place of comfort for her as she copes with her daughter’s death.

    “She was sweet, kind, very naive. She would get upset if I killed a spider in the house,” Heavilin said.

    Days before search teams found Erin, her mother received a message from her.

    “I had a dream and she walked up to me in that dream and said, ‘Mom, it wasn’t supposed to be this way. I had so many plans for my life,’ and she walked away.”

    http://wate.com/2015/04/24/mother-of-oak-ridge-woman-murdered-in-california-opens-up/

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    Lee attorney seeks removal of judge from murder case
    June 3, 2015

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    He said this week he hopes a court of appeal will issue a ruling on his writ of mandate seeking Cortez’ removal from the case, in time for the next pre-trial hearing, set for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 30, in Dept. M2 of the courthouse in Joshua Tree.
    Kaloyanides previously asked Judge Rod Cortez to recuse himself from officiating at the trial. Cortez, at a hearing on May 22, denied the request, saying it was not filed in a timely manner.

    http://www.hidesertstar.com/the_desert_trail/news/article_51095700-0a0d-11e5-a826-8fff749794ec.html
     
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    Court case of former Marine accused of killing Oak Ridge woman in California continued
    Erin Corwin's mother speak about the loss one year after death.

    June 30, 2015

    The court case for Christopher Brandon Lee, 25, was originally scheduled for May 26. The prosecution asked for a continuance, which was granted. The case was rescheduled for Tuesday. On Tuesday, a second continuance was granted. Pre-trial motions hearing is now scheduled for July 27.

    http://wate.com/2015/06/30/former-m...dge-woman-in-california-due-in-court-tuesday/
     
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    --touching dedication
    http://www.desertsun.com/story/news/2015/07/24/dale-mondary-desert-hot-springs/30646505/


    Desert Hot Springs police chief 'here for the long haul'


    --video @ link

    For a string of days last summer, Dale Mondary wondered how the homicide team at the San Bernardino County 505/
    Sheriff’s Department beat him to the office every morning.

    Mondary led the department’s Joshua Tree station while authorities scrambled to solve the disappearance of Erin Corwin, the young wife of a Twentynine Palms Marine.

    He worked hard — 10-12 hours every day for nearly four weeks. But the homicide team always started before him, buried in work by the time he got in.

    Finally, Mondary raced to work one morning, determined to get there first. He caught the homicide team clambering out of their vehicles. They were sleeping in their cars.

    “They were just incredible,” Mondary said. “And I was just lucky enough to be associated and be a part of that.”
     
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    Trial date set for Corwin murder
    By Russel Langley/The Oak Ridger
    Posted Jan. 28, 2016

    A trial date had been set for an ex-Marine accused of killing former Oak Ridge resident Erin Corwin.
    The trial for Christopher Brandon Lee is set for 10 a.m. on Feb. 29 in San Bernardno, Calif., according to The Hi-Desert Star newspaper in Yucca Valley, Calif. The Oak Ridger in September reported the trial location had been moved to San Bernardino after the two judges in the town of Joshua Tree had been disqualified from hearing the case.

    http://www.oakridger.com/article/20160128/NEWS/160129878
     
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    NCIS at 9 pm on Tuesday, 12th of June on CBS will be Erin's case. (Per Lore posting on official facebook page)
     
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    Tonight..NCIS at 9 pm on CBS will be Erin's case.

    "The show has since gone on to huge ratings worldwide, so this summer, CBS News is taking us behind the scenes to show how the real NCIS agents, who were the inspiration for the drama, function. Each week for six weeks, 48 Hours: NCIS, narrated by NCIS star Rocky Carroll, will introduce viewers to the agents that have worked on some of the agency’s most significant investigations, who reveal step-by-step how they track killers, crack fraud cases, and how they hunt terrorists using street smarts and technology.

    Tonight’s murder investigation is the case of 19-year-old Erin Corwin, who disappeared the morning of June 28, 2014, after saying goodbye to her husband, Corporal Jon Corwin for the final time.

    The investigation into what happened to Erin, who was allegedly heading out for Joshua Tree National Park to scout out hiking trails, would expose a secret affair between two neighbors in the Marine Combat Base in Twentynine Palms, Calif.

    “This isn’t a case. This is not a number – this is a human being,” says NCIS Special Agent Clifton Randolph in 48 Hours: NCIS: “The Marine’s Wife.” “You can’t forget that this person has a family, has a husband, has a mother. They wanted to know where Erin was. And you can’t forget it.”

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/parade...r-investigation-tonight-on-48-hours-ncis/amp/
     
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