Eva Knott 6:37 p.m., May 25
Case delayed again
Trial for man in 5-year-old cop shooting was moved from this month to February 2013
The trial date for a man charged with murder after cops reportedly shot and killed the female passenger in his car, was delayed again, this week.
Trial was set to begin yesterday for Ronald Sisson, now 39. He was reportedly driving a car on November 1, 2007, when police officers opened fire and shot the woman in the seat next to Sisson.
Esther Elizabeth Evans, 22, was shot in the head, airlifted to hospital, and declared dead two days later.
Officers from Costa Mesa had come to Carlsbad looking for Sisson, either to pick him up for parole violations or because of the alleged abduction of a 5-month-old child named Autumn Olsen; early reports differed. (The accused man was first named as Brian Lee Olsen, but that name was later declared to be an alias, and the defendant is now named as Ronald Sisson.)
It has been alleged that Sisson rammed his vehicle into the officers’ car, or threatened to do so, and then Orange County cops opened fire.
A defense attorney has filed a motion trying to get the personnel records of the officers who fired upon the defendant’s vehicle, and this is said to be the reason for the newest delay in the case. Defense is expected to argue that police used excessive force, and when things went badly there was then a conspiracy to manufacture a cover-up.
Sisson faces one charge of murder and three assaults with a deadly weapon on three police officers. He has been in custody five years, held in lieu of $5 million bail, and his trial is now set for February 5, 2013.