Former neighbors say overturning Scott Peterson’s death penalty was a mistake

MODESTO, Calif. (KTXL) — The trial of Scott Peterson started 17 years ago in Modesto. He was later convicted for killing his pregnant wife, Laci Peterson, and their unborn baby. On Monday, the California Supreme Court upheld that conviction but overturned his death sentence. Neighbors who lived along Covena Avenue in Modesto during the early […]

Police in Nevada County searching for 2 people suspected of intentionally coughing on others

NEVADA CITY, Calif. (KTXL) — Police are looking into two separate reports of people intentionally coughing on others in the Nevada County area.  In both cases, investigators say those involved were angry over being told to wear a mask.  One of the victims, Shannon Snow, says she only leaves home for the essentials.  “Because of […]

Attorney Mark Reichel discusses Joseph DeAngelo plea deal

Joseph James DeAngelo Jr., a former police officer, faces 13 rape-related charges and 13 murder counts stemming from crimes in the 1970s and 1980s across six counties in California. He is expected to enter a guilty plea during a hearing Monday at Sacramento State University. Authorities allege the 74-year-old is the elusive Golden State Killer, […]

Upcoming Joseph DeAngelo hearing to be held at Sacramento State

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — The Sacramento County Superior Court confirmed Thursday that Joseph DeAngelo’s latest hearing will take place on the Sacramento State campus.  “It might be the biggest trial I think in history,” explained Sacramento-area attorney Mark Reichel. DeAngelo’s name strikes a chord with people all across Northern California. “Anybody in Sacramento from the […]

Calls for more arrests in George Floyd’s death

Many are calling for the arrest of the other three officers involved in and present during the death of George Floyd. Sonseeahray spoke to defense attorney Mark Reichel about the legal process and what kind of charges could be brought against the other officers.

Protesters question why officer in George Floyd’s killing is not facing first-degree murder charge

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — The Minneapolis officer who pressed his knee into George Floyd’s neck has been charged with murder, a move that is very rare in the legal system. During Friday night’s protest in Sacramento, Stephon Clark’s grandmother, Sequita Thompson, sent a message to Minneapolis. “Shout out to Minnesota, for George Floyd, for the […]

Local attorney explains the legal arguments on both sides of Gov. Newsom’s stay-at-home order

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) – During the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Gavin Newsom decided to close several Orange County beaches after droves of Californians defied stay-at-home orders to enjoy the sun. Newsom’s decision immediately drew criticism, not just by beachgoers but by public officials who said the governor was usurping local authority. The complaints were piled on […]

Lodi church files lawsuit claiming stay-at-home order violates First Amendment

LODI, Calif. (KTXL) — In a newly-filed lawsuit on behalf of the Cross Culture Christian Church in Lodi, the church argues that their First Amendment right to gather for religious purposes was violated when Gov. Gavin Newsom issued stay-at-home directives back in March. “Religious freedom is a precious right but it should never be misused […]

Local lawyers downsize staff amid courtroom closures due to COVID-19

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) – Courthouses that are normally bustling in larger counties were noticeably quiet on Tuesday after all courtrooms were closed and routine services, like record requests and legal filings, were shut down due to COVID-19 concerns.    It’s a harsh reality for lawyers like Mark Reichel, who makes his living making court appearances […]