This week, six high-profile Pasadena court cases will move forward in court, four in the Pasadena Courthouse of the Los Angeles Superior Court, one in the Criminal Courts Building and one in the Los Angeles County Courthouse, both of which are in Los Angeles.
Here’s a profile of each of these cases.
Tuesday, January 18, 8:30 a.m. Further Proceedings for Oscar Villamil
Oscar Villamil, 44, homeless, is charged with the murder of an 80-year-old woman who was attacked in Pasadena on Dec. 29, 2020, while out for her morning walk with her husband. She died of her injuries a week later. Villamil is also charged with elder abuse of the victim’s husband.
Villamil was arrested on Jan. 5, 2021, the day that the victim died while in a hospital. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges since. He remains in custody with bail set at $2 million.
The hearing will be at Department H.
Tuesday, January 18, 8:30 a.m. Readiness Hearing for Jose Antonio Santiago
Jose Antonio Santiago, 69, of Pasadena, is charged with murder in connection fatally stabbing one man and attempted murder for allegedly injuring another man in Pasadena in the early morning hours of Sept. 12, 2018.
The complaint alleges that the accused personally used a knife and inflicted great bodily injury on the victim, Jerry Chan, 42, who was stabbed to death in the 2600 block of Colorado Boulevard at about 1:30 a.m.
Santiago is also accused of the attempted murder of Dan Trevino, 32. He pleaded not guilty to the charges on Oct. 18, 2018, and is currently in custody, with bail set at $3.02 million.
The trial will be held in Department E of the Pasadena Courthouse.
Thursday, January 20, 8:30 a.m. Pretrial Hearing for Alex Edward Evans
Alex Edward Evans, 33, of Pasadena, is charged with fatally stabbing his 67-year-old mother in Pasadena on Sept. 24, 2018. He faces one count of murder with an allegation of using a knife as a deadly and dangerous weapon.
A Pasadena police statement said officers that day received a call “from a man stating he killed his mother.” When they arrived on-scene, the officers found the victim, Katrina Evans, lying motionless inside her home. She later died from multiple stab wounds.
Evans faces 26 years to life in state prison if convicted as charged. Bail is scheduled at more than $2 million.
The hearing will be at Department C of the Pasadena Courthouse.
Thursday, January 20, 8:30 a.m. Pretrial Hearing for Lamarr Marquise McDaniels II and Trevor Dorman
Lamarr Marquise McDaniels II, 26, and Trevor Dorman, 21, both of Monrovia, are accused of killing a man in Pasadena on Aug. 9, 2019, in what authorities believe was a drug deal gone bad.
That day, Pasadena police officers responded to reports of a shooting incident in the 100 block of Painter Street and found the victim, 24-year-old Anthony Michael Tafoya Ortiz, suffering from a gunshot wound. Ortiz was transported to a local hospital in grave condition and died two days later.
McDaniels was arrested in Monrovia one day after the incident by the U.S. Marshals’ Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force and Pasadena police detectives. Dorman was arrested in Covina less than a week later.
The hearing will be at Department E of the Pasadena Courthouse.
Friday, January 21, 8:30 a.m. Preliminary Hearing Date Setting for Kyle Douglas
Kyle Douglas, 50, is charged with misappropriation of public funds, forgery and grand theft in connection with the loss of approximately $67,000 in public funds while he was a principal at schools in Pasadena and Inglewood over the past four years.
He has pleaded not guilty to the criminal charge.
The hearing will be at Department 50 of the Criminal Courts Building, 210 W. Temple Street in Los Angeles.
Friday, January 21, 8:30 a.m. Post-mediation Status Conference for Robert Young’s lawsuit against Huntington Memorial Hospital
Young sued Huntington Memorial Hospital alleging that the management wrongfully fired him in 2017 for complaining about being discriminated against because of his diabetes and COPD, which he believed could be compromised further because of the coronavirus.
He brought the complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, failure to accommodate and failure to take reasonable steps to prevent discrimination and retaliation.
He seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.
The hearing will be at Department 47 of the Los Angeles County Courthouse at 111 N. Hill Street in Los Angeles.