Torres worked as a gas-station clerk in National City and had three small children. An autopsy by the medical examiner determined that Torres had died from multiple blunt-force injuries. The manner of death (suicide, accident, or homicide) is unknown, according to Rooney. SDPD are looking for other witnesses, who can contact the Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-TIPS.
EASTLAKE HIGH SCHOOL ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL SLAIN
1542 Oleander Avenue, Chula Vista
January 12, 7:20 a.m.
A male occupant of the home reported that he had gone downstairs and found blood on the door to his adult sister's room. He was worried his sister was hurt. The responding officer, Oliver Demery, forced entry into the room and found the body of Diane Carpenter (DOB 10-08-1952). They noticed a trail of blood drops leading away from the house. The victim's son, Kaijamar "Kai" Dion Carpenter, called San Diego Police and asked to be picked up in the area of 51st Street and El Cajon Boulevard. Diane Carpenter was the assistant principal of EastLake High School.
Kaijamar was booked for his mother's murder; however, he is described by his father, David Carpenter, as diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. "My son is sick," he says. He claims Diane Carpenter had tried and failed to find a residential treatment center where her son could receive long-term care.
At the May 9 preliminary hearing in Chula Vista Superior Court, Kaijamar said in a videotaped interview: "I wanted to kill her. I wasn't paying attention, I was just stabbing her." Chula Vista Police Detective John Pene conducted this taped interview and testified at the hearing that he felt Kaijamar "was trying to throw me off track with my questioning. I think he may have some issues, but he knows what's going on."
Judge Esteban Hernandez ruled that there was sufficient evidence for a trial. Kaijamar's public defender, Kate Coyne, says she filed paperwork to have her client declared insane and incompetent to face trial. A status conference and possible setting of a trial date will be heard in court August 30, 2007.
THE FIRST OF MANY GANG-RELATED HOMICIDES IN SAN DIEGO
3600 36th Street,
January 14, 6:49 p.m.
Officers found a male lying on the sidewalk, suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was pronounced dead at 7:10 p.m. A few minutes before the shooting, the victim had been in a fight with four Hispanic males. The four males fled northbound on 36th Street, leaving the victim lying on the sidewalk. Then, another Hispanic male drove up in a pickup truck and parked near the victim. He got out of the truck, walked up to the victim, and fired a gun.
SDPD Homicide identified the 25-year-old victim as Rudy Valdez. A few minutes before the shooting, Valdez was involved in a fight. The shooting has been determined to be gang-related. Lieutenant Jeff Sferra describes the gunman as Hispanic, in his late 20s, bald, with a thin build, wearing a white T-shirt and black pants. His truck is described as a dark-blue Toyota Tundra, with big rims and wheels, raised frame, and a Chargers lightning bolt in the rear window.
THE CASE OF THE RUDE AND SARCASTIC KILLER
300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad
January 19, 12:06 a.m.
Carlsbad Police Department received a 911 call about a fight in progress. Dispatchers were told that there was possibly a gun involved. Upon arrival, officers found the victim on the ground with apparent gunshot wounds. Paramedics responded and the victim was pronounced deceased on scene. Officers were directed to an individual across the complex -- David Jonathan Sumner, 21 -- who, according to an eyewitness, might have been involved. When they attempted to contact Sumner, he fled on foot. Officers pursued and located him on the roof of a building in the 300 block of Carlsbad Village Drive. Officers recovered a gun nearby, which turned out to be the suspect weapon in the crime. It appears there were no ties between the victim and suspect prior to the crime. Sumner appears to have initiated the confrontation, which led to a physical fight.
Sumner was arraigned on May 29, 2007, for the shooting death of James Jay Wendal, 44, an Oceanside resident. James Cowan, Wendal's friend, stated the fight broke out because the two men bumped shoulders and then made "sarcastic" and "rude" remarks to one another. Sumner is being held on $2 million bail and is ordered to stand trial.
ANOTHER BODY IN A CAR
7800 Shorewood Drive, Skyline
January 27, 5:25 p.m.
On a Friday evening, officers responded to a report of a body lying inside a parked car. They found a deceased male in the trunk of a station wagon. Based on the condition of the body, the death was deemed suspicious, and Homicide detectives were called on the scene.
SDPD Homicide says the victim has not been identified and the case is still under investigation.
REAL ESTATE AGENT ICED IN CONDO
9700 Winter Gardens Boulevard, Lakeside
February 1, 4:00 p.m.
Sheriff's Department received a 911 report of an armed suspicious person. The first deputy arrived on the scene at 4:03 p.m., entered the condominium, and found an injured male lying on the floor. At 4:16 p.m., paramedics pronounced the victim dead. Neighbors reported hearing two shots.
The San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office identified the victim as James Marcel Magot, 64, a Pacific Beach resident who ran a real estate business along with his wife. Magot was a Vietnam veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, and an elder for his La Jolla church. Michael Ray Jennison, who lived in the condo, was a suspect in this homicide. Jennison, 36, was arrested on February 3, in Phoenix, Arizona. Police say he was driving alone and had three guns and $50,000 cash in his car. Sheriff's investigators report that Jennison's condominium was in probate, and Magot was shot after coming by with an offer to sell the property.
DAUGHTER STABS MOTHER DURING CARD GAME
4100 38th Street, San Diego