Jury deliberates in 1979 murder case
Attorneys began closing statements in the trial of James Lee
Crummel, who is accused of murdering a 13-year-old boy who
disappeared 25 years ago while walking to his Costa Mesa school.
The 60-year-old man, already serving a life sentence for sexually
abusing a teenager in his Newport Crest condo, will face the death
penalty if found guilty of murdering Jamey Trotter.
Prosecutors say they have shown evidence of Crummel's long history
of pedophilia. But the defense has argued that despite Crummel's
infamous past, he did not kill Jamey and that the prosecution's case
was strung together on assumptions based on his past. Crummel
reportedly led police to Jamey's charred remains that were scattered
in a remote area off the Ortega Freeway.
Jamey disappeared on April 19, 1979, reportedly on his way to
school in Costa Mesa. He was walking from a motel near the corner of
Harbor Boulevard and Victoria Street where he was supposed to have
taken a bus to Gisler Middle School. There was no trace of Jamey
until his dental records and braces were matched with the remains
that Crummel led police to in Riverside County.
The jury may begin deliberating today after attorneys complete
their closing statements.
Newport man charged with conspiracy
Federal officials on Tuesday charged a 65-year-old Newport Beach
resident, a former engineer for Boeing, in two separate conspiracies
involving the theft of trade secrets from rival Lockheed Martin
Corp., which was competing with Boeing to secure a U.S. Air Force
rocket contract, officials said.
Prosecutors accused Larry Satchell of conspiring to steal trade
secrets, violating the Procurement Integrity Act and obstruction of
justice. A U.S. magistrate judge in Los Angeles issued an arrest
warrant for Satchell, who is expected to surrender himself to federal
authorities Thursday, officials said.
They say Satchell plotted with two former Boeing engineers --
Kenneth Branch and William Erskine -- who were charged last year with
conspiracy. Branch, who had left Lockheed to work for Boeing,
allegedly brought with him information about a multibillion-dollar,
satellite-launching project the two companies were competing for,
Boeing's satellite-launching program was based in Huntington
Beach. In 1998, Boeing and Lockheed submitted bids for 28 U.S. Air
Force contracts worth about $2 billion, of which 19 contracts went to
Boeing, officials said.
The indictment alleges that Branch gave information about
Lockheed's presentation to Erskine in exchange for a job at Boeing.
If convicted, Satchell faces up to 25 years in federal prison.