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Ronald Jay Sisson, now 39, is facing trial for murder after police reportedly shot and killed a female passenger in his car, almost five years ago.

It was the night of November 1 in 2007 when officers from Costa Mesa confronted Sisson in Carlsbad, according to court documents. Early accounts claimed that Sisson rammed his vehicle into a police cruiser, then three officers opened fire on Sisson’s vehicle and shot the person in the passenger seat in the head.

Esther Elizabeth Evans, 22, was airlifted to hospital but succumbed to her injuries two days later.

There were conflicting reports about whether the officers from Orange County were trying to pick up Sisson for parole violations, or for the alleged abduction of a 5-month-old girl named Autumn Olsen.

When the fatal confrontation was first reported, the man in the car was identified as Brian Lee Olsen; that name was later declared an alias, and the defendant has been identified in court documents for years as Ronald Jay Sisson.

Sisson has been charged with murder and three assaults with a deadly weapon on the three police officers, according to paperwork filed with San Diego’s North County Superior Court. The defendant was brought into court this morning, but his trial was delayed again until October 29. Sisson is held in lieu of $1 million bail.

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Visduh Sept. 11, 2012 @ 7:52 p.m.

He's been off the streets for five years, and that sounds good. Unless, of course, this is a total miscarriage of justice. Usually these mega-delays are due to defense obstructions, but that's not always the case.

These felony murder cases can be so intricate.


SurfPuppy619 Sept. 11, 2012 @ 11:48 p.m.

There are probably 5K pages of discovery....every page needs to be gone thru...b/c there are DA's like Peter Longenbach who will hide material disovery in the middle of thousands of pages of garbage.


Javajoe25 Sept. 12, 2012 @ 12:05 a.m.

I don't recall this case but based on the info in this article, I don't understand who the perp is supposed to have murdered. Don't tell me it's the woman the cops shot. Does anyone know if he or the passenger was armed when he was apprehended? They are saying in an earlier account, the guy supposedly rammed the police cars with his car, but maybe the current account may be different. I'm just wondering if this is going to be like that case where the off-duty cop shot that woman who was driving with her kid--a case of road rage cop version--and they then charged the woman with assault on a police officer and the cop got off scot free. Now that, was a miscarriage of justice. A very common occurrence in these parts.


ocjustice March 26, 2013 @ 10:21 a.m.

Nobody was armed in the vehicle. Cops in unmarked cars, in plain clothing, from Orange County, who refused the presence of a marked Carlsbad car at the scene, who riddled a vehicle with over 47 bullet holes-not counting the ones that missed the vehicle, who displayed zero regard for personal safety or police training protocal, who killed a new mother, who allege a child abduction (so they assume a baby is in the car), who after the shooting sat in a room together for over 20 minutes to get their story straight, ad infinitum. If there ever was a horribly disasterous egregious miscarriage of justice this is it. His trial is postponed continuously due to the DA not wanting to release the police personnel records...and there's probably a very good reason she does not want them released. These cops are dirty as they come. I cannot wait for justice to be served on this one.


andrea1971 June 15, 2013 @ 8:48 a.m.

Now that the records have been released, one would think that the trial should get under way so justice can be served on the officers involved and the man in question can get home to his children where he belongs.. Its sad to see that officers, not just in this case but in other cities and states abuse their power and break the laws and they are protected.. I want to see justice, The DA I'm sure will come up with another excuse to prolong this trial.


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