Friday, September 14, 2007

People v. Warner (Cal. Ct. App. - Sept. 12, 2007)

Sometimes you can just see things coming. He're the first paragraph of this opinion:

"Douglas William Warner commenced a romantic relationship with his next-door neighbor while she was engaged in bitter child custody litigation with her husband . . ."

Oh, man. That's not exactly a recipe for success.

". . . who later accused him of abusing the couple’s child. . . ."

That's not gonna help.

"His arrest at his apartment in front of his friends infuriated him. . . ."

Neither is that.

"The court dismissed the charges against him for lack of evidence, but he felt depressed and distraught at losing his chance to have his day in court."

Seeing the cloud in every silver lining in a bad sign. Very bad.

"Weeks later, he killed her husband with a shotgun blast to the chest."

Yikes!! I knew it was bad, but even I didn't see something that bad coming. Oh my.

Warner gets a total of 75 to life. And the Court of Appeal affirms.

In short, it doesn't get any better for Warner. Not too surprising. Rarely does blowing someone away really help the matter.