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Man convicted in 1997 Onslow County murder elected to Colorado school board

ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WITN) – A former Marine who spent 13 years in a North Carolina prison for killing another Marine has been elected to a local school board in Colorado.

Thomas Seaba was originally facing a first degree murder charge, but took a plea deal for second degree murder. He was paroled in 2010 and moved back home to La Junta, Colorado.

Now voters in his hometown have elected the convicted murderer to their school board.

“There was an incident one night where myself and a friend we had a gun, he was interested in purchasing,” Seaba told our sister station KKTV today. “He went to hand it back to me it was sorta dropped I tried to catch it a shot was fired. From that point on I’ve never really had a full grasp of what occurred. I have no clear memory of what happened.”

But deputies who helped

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Defense seeks to strike testimony from key witness in Kate Steinle murder trial – KGO

The defense in the Kate Steinle murder trial filed a motion to strike the testimony of a key prosecution witness. ABC7 News reported on Monday that a former crime scene investigator with the San Francisco Police Department was being sued for lying in another unrelated case where the defendant was wrongfully convicted.

RELATED: Prosecutor’s witness in Kate Steinle trial now being sued for lying

In the Steinle case, John Evans was brought in because of his experience in ballistic and firearms investigations. Evans testified that the defendant Jose Ines Garcia Zarate pointed the gun in the direction of Steine, pulled the trigger, and killed her. The prosecution asked him why and Evans responded, “It’s the only reasonable explanation.”

But lawyers in a completely different case will be in federal court in Oakland to argue that Evans and other SFPD officers violated their client’s constitutional rights. The case involves a man

Read more at: http://abc7news.com/defense-seeks-to-strike-testimony-in-kate-steinle-murder-trial/2648033/

Zarate prosecution witness blasted for role in earlier murder trial

A key witness in the prosecution of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate gave testimony in a prior case that an expert alleges was not only inaccurate but possibly improper.

John Evans, a former San Francisco Department crime scene investigator, testified that Garcia Zarate killed Kate Steinle. “A human being held the firearm, pointed it in the direction of Ms. Steinle, pulled the trigger and fired the weapon, killing Ms. Steinle. This is the only way it could have happened,” he said.

Former CSI investigator John Evans testifies in the Garcia Zarate case

A defense expert, Jim Norris, former director of the SF police lab, directly challenged that analysis.

But this isn’t the first time Norris has taken issue with Evans’ testimony. The crime lab chief, now a private forensic consultant, blasted the officer’s role in

Read more at: https://48hills.org/2017/11/12/zarate-prosecution-wintess/

‘Trigger’ Mistranslated: Defense Rests Case in Steinle Murder Trial

The man on trial for killing Kathryn Steinle sometimes agreed with a pair of San Francisco homicide inspectors during a 4½-hour interview the night of Steinle’s death in 2015. But exactly what defendant Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was agreeing with might have been lost in translation, his defense attorneys argued Thursday, before resting their case in the high-profile murder trial.

Defense attorney Francisco Ugarte said that, among a “host of issues” with how the inspectors’ questions and Garcia Zarate’s answers were translated by a third officer, each time Garcia Zarate was asked if he “pulled the trigger,” it was translated as “shoot” or “fire.”

“The issue of whether Mr. Garcia Zarate admitted to pulling the trigger is a very important issue in this case,” Ugarte said outside court, “and the term ‘pull the trigger’ was literally never interpreted to Mr. Garcia Zarate.”

It’s a crucial point because of the defense

Read more at: https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2017/11/09/trigger-mistranslated-defense-rests-case-in-steinle-murder-trial/

Man arrested in Ohio in connection with woman’s murder UPDATE: ID confirmed

UPDATE: Victim ID confirmed

The Montrose County Coroner has confirmed the identity of the woman found dead in her home Oct. 27.

Lives Persson, 71, died of non-accidental blunt force trauma to her head.

Her son, Karsten Persson, 37, is in custody in Ohio on a traffic offense there and on a Montrose warrant alleging first-degree murder.

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Original story:

A Montrose man being held in Ohio has been served an arrest warrant alleging first-degree murder in the death last week of his 71-year-old mother.

Karsten Richard Persson, 37, was being held in Henry County, Ohio, on a traffic complaint, according to Montrose Police Cmdr. Gene Lillard.

Lillard declined to specify at this time why Persson is suspected in the death, and did not identify the deceased, whose body was discovered in her Sonoma Court home here on Oct. 27.

Public property records list the home where the body was found as belonging to Livase “Liv” Persson.

Karsten Persson was

Read more at: http://www.montrosepress.com/free_access/man-arrested-in-ohio-in-connection-with-woman-s-murder/article_18fc7df0-bf24-11e7-9959-1b2dffabe35f.html

Man arrested in Ohio in connection with woman’s murder UPDATE …

UPDATE: Victim ID confirmed

The Montrose County Coroner has confirmed the identity of the woman found dead in her home Oct. 27.

Lives Persson, 71, died of non-accidental blunt force trauma to her head.

Her son, Karsten Persson, 37, is in custody in Ohio on a traffic offense there and on a Montrose warrant alleging first-degree murder.

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Original story:

A Montrose man being held in Ohio has been served an arrest warrant alleging first-degree murder in the death last week of his 71-year-old mother.

Karsten Richard Persson, 37, was being held in Henry County, Ohio, on a traffic complaint, according to Montrose Police Cmdr. Gene Lillard.

Lillard declined to specify at this time why Persson is suspected in the death, and did not identify the deceased, whose body was discovered in her Sonoma Court home here on Oct. 27.

Public property records list the home where the body was found as belonging to Livase “Liv” Persson.

Karsten Persson was

Read more at: http://www.montrosepress.com/free_access/man-arrested-in-ohio-in-connection-with-woman-s-murder/article_18fc7df0-bf24-11e7-9959-1b2dffabe35f.html

Man arrested in Ohio in connection with woman’s murder

A Montrose man being held in Ohio has been served an arrest warrant alleging first-degree murder in the death last week of his 71-year-old mother.

Karsten Richard Persson, 37, was being held in Henry County, Ohio, on a traffic complaint, according to Montrose Police Cmdr. Gene Lillard.

Lillard declined to specify at this time why Persson is suspected in the death, and did not identify the deceased, whose body was discovered in her Sonoma Court home here on Oct. 27.

Public property records list the home where the body was found as belonging to Livase “Liv” Persson.

Karsten Persson was identified as a person of interest almost immediately and, when located in Ohio, the Montrose Police Department sent a detective there to interview him at the Henry County jail. Persson was served with the warrant at that time, Lillard said.

Persson’s home address is the same as the Sonoma Court address where police conducting a

Read more at: http://www.montrosepress.com/free_access/man-arrested-in-ohio-in-connection-with-woman-s-murder/article_18fc7df0-bf24-11e7-9959-1b2dffabe35f.html

Bullet Trajectory and Ricochet Shot Central to Steinle Murder Trial

A retired San Francisco crime scene investigator testified Monday in the high-profile murder trial over the 2015 slaying of Kathryn Steinle that “firearms do not fire by themselves.”

It’s a simple point that’s at the heart of whether defendant Jose Ines Garcia Zarate will be found guilty of murdering 32-year-old Steinle, whom he had never met, as she walked with her father on San Francisco’s waterfront.

To justify a murder conviction, the prosecution must prove Garcia Zarate intended to fire the gun at Steinle or a crowd of people gathered on Pier 14 about an hour before sunset on July 1, 2015. The defense is arguing Steinle’s death was an accident: that Garcia Zarate picked up an unknown object wrapped in cloth from beneath a rotating metal chair on the pier. The gun was stolen from a U.S. Bureau of Land Management ranger four days before the the killing, and the defense

Read more at: https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2017/10/30/bullet-trajectory-and-ricochet-shot-central-to-steinle-murder-trial/