Retrial in 2006 La Selva Beach homicide slated for March
A 23-year-old man is headed to trial on a first-degree murder charge for a second time in March.
Leopoldo Alejandro Cortes was convicted of the charge in 2008 for the stabbing death of Chris Carr. Carr, a 23-year-old former Aptos High wrestler, was stabbed to death at a La Selva Beach party in 2006.
An appeals court overturned the conviction in 2011, ruling that more testimony from a defense-hired psychiatrist should have been allowed into trial.
A Santa Cruz County judge ordered a new trial for Cortes last year. Cortes is in custody at County Jail.
Two Santa Cruz-area men arrested in Mendocino County
Four people were arrested in the Northern California town of Brooktrails on Monday after a probation search interrupted an suspected meth-for-pot swap and led to the discovery of an explosive device, a Willits newspaper reported.
Officers from Mendocino County raided a residence, recovering 10 ounces of methamphetamine believed to be supplied out of Santa Cruz and 15 pounds of local marijuana. Agents believe the parties were in the process of swapping the marijuana for meth when they were raided.
Two Willits residents were arrested at the scene.
Also arrested were 24-year-old Cody Joe Rice of Felton and 37-year-old
Rice was arrested on suspicion of obstruction a peace officer
Transient arrested after burglary attempt
Police arrested a 26-year-old transient Tuesday after he tried to break into a home on Lincoln Street.
About 4 p.m. Tuesday, someone called police because two men tried to break in to a locked door on the 500 block of Lincoln Street, said Santa Cruz police spokesman Zach Friend. A bike also was stolen from outside the home,
The witness described the men to authorities and said they were headed toward Union Street.
About 4:30 p.m., officers saw a man who matched the description near the Highway 1 and Highway 9 interchange. He was later identified as the man in the burglary attempt.
John James Pilkington was arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary, according to police records. He is being held in County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail, according to jail records.
The bike was not found.
The outstanding suspect was described as white man who appeared 24 years old and 180 pounds with a medium build.
Santa Cruz police ask anyone with information to call 831-420-5820, the anonymous tip line at 831-420-5995 or leave a tip at www.santacruzpolice.com or by the mobile application at http://m.santacruzpolice.com.