In the Pasadena Courthouse This Week

Published : Monday, November 13, 2017 | 6:35 AM

This week, three high-profile Pasadena criminal cases will move forward in Pasadena Courthouse of the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Here’s an update and profile of each of these cases.
Jury Deliberations Resume for Albert Ahmad Clark, November 13

Albert Ahmad Clark is charged with murder for the alleged shooting death of Leroy Galloway on February 27, 1988. Clark was arrested that year but was released due to the limitations of forensic science at that time; there was insufficient evidence to charge him with homicide.

In 2013, family members of the victim contacted the Pasadena Police Department and requested a review of the case. An extensive examination of the case files identified items of evidence that were suitable for modern forensic analysis.

The Los Angeles County Crime Lab ultimately said it implicated Albert Clark in the crime. He was arrested on December 7, 2015, and remains in custody at the Los Angeles County Jail with bail set at $2 million.

Deputy District Attorney Ryan Erlich is prosecuting.


Goodine Sentencing for Christopher Harrison Goodine, November 15

Christopher Harrison Goodine, 28, of Union City, Georgia is charged with two counts of possession of manufacturing, importing, keeping for sale, giving or receiving a large capacity magazine; two counts possession of a silencer; one count of possession of an assault weapon; and one count of carrying a loaded handgun that was not registered.

He was caught carrying the cache of weapons – an AR15 rifle with a silencer, a 40-caliber handgun, and loaded magazines – in a duffle bag on June 21 after Los Angeles County Sheriff’s transit deputies apprehended him for reportedly urinating in public at the Sierra Madre Gold Line Station in Pasadena.

Goodine is currently being held in county jail on $10,000 bail, according to records. He faces a maximum possible sentence of six years and four months in local custody if convicted as charged.

Deputy District Attorney Brian Chang is prosecuting.


Danny R. WootenPretrial for Danny R. Wooten, Tyrone Collins and Melody Jenkins, November 15

Danny R. Wooten, Tyrone Collins and Melody Jenkins are charged in a 60-count felony complaint for arrest warrant, with allegations of embezzlement, conflict of interest and grand theft with excessive taking, in connection with an embezzlement scandal where the three are suspected of stealing more than $6 million from the City of Pasadena between 2003 and 2013.

Wooten was a management analyst in the Pasadena Department of Public Works. The DA’s office said Wooten created false invoices for the City’s underground utility program and stole $6.4 million. Prosecutors said Wooten directed more than $2 million of the money to Collins, owner of Collins Electric, and gave more than $40,000 to Jenkins, who was a temporary City employee.

If convicted, Wooten, who is being held on $1.75 million bail, faces up to 28 years in state prison. Collins and Jenkins face up to 18 and four years in state prison, respectively.

Deputy District Attorney Bjorn Dodd is prosecuting.

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