David Hernandez, The San Diego Union-Tribune
A man has been charged with murdering a 15-year-old boy whose mutilated body was found dumped in Valencia Park three decades ago, authorities announced Thursday.
Russell Taylor, 56, was serving a 25-year sentence at San Quintin State Prison when San Diego police detectives identified him as the suspect in the brutal slaying of Dewan Emerson, police homicide Lt. Mike Holden said.
Taylor was transferred into police custody and jailed in San Diego two weeks ago, according to prison officials and jail records. He was charged with murder on Feb. 14.
Greg Moran, The San Diego Union Tribune
A state Parole Board on Thursday recommended release from prison for Jesus Cecena, who was convicted of murdering San Diego Police Officer Archie Buggs during a traffic stop more than three decades ago.
The decision marks the third time since 2014 that a Parole Board has cleared the way for Cecena to be released. Twice before, in 2014 and 2015, that decision was subsequently overturned by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Now Brown will have to again decide if it is time for Cecena, who was 17 at the time of the shooting and is now a graying 55-year-old man with bad knees, should get out of prison.
FOX 5 News
SAN DIEGO — Local legislators and law enforcement officials plan to petition Gov. Jerry Brown to overturn a recent decision granting parole to a man who was 17 when he shot and killed a San Diego police officer nearly 40 years ago.
Officer Archie Buggs, 30, was shot four times after he stopped a car driven by Jesus Cecena, a gang member in the Skyline neighborhood, on Nov. 4, 1978. Cecena fired five times at Buggs, then paused, walked toward the fallen officer and fired a final bullet into his head at point-blank range. Buggs died on the street, his hand still on his service revolver.
The Sacramento Bee
State corrections officials launch a plan today expanding assistance to female prison inmates at the Folsom Women’s Facility to better adjust to life after incarceration. A first-ever resource fair today at the prison is aimed at linking inmates with child support, education and job services. More than 30 organizations are slated to attend, and parole agents will be on hand to offer advice during inmates’ transition periods. Those serving time at the Folsom facility have five years or fewer remaining in their sentences, according to state corrections officials.