BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Police in Bakersfield shot and killed two men in a hotel parking lot after trying to pull over their vehicle. Two officers were injured during the confrontation early yesterday morning. The Bakersfield Californian reports that the coroner's office identified the dead men as 32-year-old Justin Bryan Harger and 34-year-old Jorge Ramirez. The two officers, whose identities are not being released, were hospitalized but discharged later yesterday.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Southern California authorities have charged a woman with killing her two children, who were supposed to have been returned to their father in Georgia during the weekend. Orange County prosecutors say 42-year-old Marilyn Edge was charged yesterday with two counts of murder with special circumstances. She's eligible for the death penalty if convicted. She's accused of killing her 9-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son Saturday. Their bodies were found in a hotel room.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a decision that freed a Los Angeles man who spent nearly 14 years in prison for a crime he denied committing. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday affirmed a lower court ruling that ultimately released Daniel Larsen in March, pending appeal. Prosecutors argued Larsen missed a paperwork deadline in his bid for freedom.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A run of special elections for open state legislative seats continues this week with primaries for an Assembly and a Senate district, both in Southern California. Democratic Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell is expected to replace former Democratic state Sen. Curren Price in the 26th Senate District. If she wins the two-person race outright today, it will force another special election to fill her Assembly seat. Meanwhile, 11 candidates are seeking to replace former Democratic Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield in the 45th Assembly District. The top two vote-getters will face off in a special general election.