Liz Swain 5:30 p.m., Sept. 22
Four-year-old cop shooting case delayed again
The trial date for a murder case involving a cop shooting was delayed again, moved from the end of this month out to December.
Ronald Jay Sisson, now 39, was charged with murder after police reportedly shot and killed a female passenger in his car, on November 1, 2007.
It was almost five years ago when officers from Costa Mesa confronted Sisson in Carlsbad. Officers were either trying to pick up Sisson for parole violations, or for the alleged abduction of a 5-month-old girl named Autumn Olsen – there were conflicting reports at the time.
Early accounts claimed that Sisson rammed his vehicle into the car of the officers from Orange County, and then three officers opened fire on Sisson’s vehicle. The person in the passenger seat, Esther Elizabeth Evans, 22, was shot in the head. She was airlifted to hospital but declared dead two days later.
Defense attorneys are expected to argue that police used excessive force, and when things went badly there was a conspiracy to manufacture a cover-up, according to a well-placed source. Attorneys have been trying to get personnel reports of the officers involved, according to sources.
In early reports, the defendant was identified as Brian Lee Olsen, but that name was later declared an alias, and the accused is now listed in court documents as Ronald Jay Sisson.
Sisson has been charged with murder and three assaults with a deadly weapon on the three police officers. The defendant was brought into San Diego’s North County Superior Courthouse yesterday, and his trial date was moved again, from October 29 to December 3.
Sisson has been held in lieu of $1 million bail.
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