Santa Clarita Court Updates: Murder Trial, Hitman Allegation, 'Flying Cash Pursuit' Case
There were three major felony cases in court this week with Santa Clarita Valley ties, according to officials with the county’s District Attorney’s Office.
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A man accused of an Acton murder, a man accused of trying to pay to have his wife killed and three bank robbery suspects are all in various stages of trial.
The case of Dino Guglielmelli, a millionaire CEO and founder of Creation’s Garden, was in San Fernando for a pretrial hearing.
Guglielmelli is accused of hiring a hitman to kill his wife. Guglielmelli pleaded not guilty at his arraignment, and is being held in lieu of $10 million bail.
Both sides are going through discovery, and reviewing admissible evidence according to Emily Cole, the deputy district attorney for Los Angeles County prosecuting the case.
Guglielmelli is due back in court Feb. 7, and Cole said she expects a trial schedule to be set at that time.
Three men accused in what’s been referred to as the “flying cash pursuit,” are having a jury selected for their trial today.
Phillip Ely, 30, Lavelle Mosley, 23, and Terion Lamarr Collins, 26, three alleged members of the Rolling 40s Crips gang, are accused in the September 2012 armed robbery of Canyon Country bank.
Opening statements are expected to take place this week, if scheduling allows, according to Moira Curry, who’s handling the prosecution in Los Angeles County Superior Court in San Fernando.
Curry successfully argued against a change of venue earlier this week, and to have potential jurors consider evidence of a past conviction for Collins, who received probation for a takeover robbery of United Commercial Bank in Rosemead on March 5, 2010.
The crime is similar to the one he’s accused of perpetrating at the BofA branch on Soledad Canyon Road more than a year ago.
In the defendants’ most recent case, the three men allegedly entered a Bank of America on Soledad Canyon Road around 10 a.m., armed and with their faces covered, jumped over the bank’s teller counter and demanded money from the frightened tellers, according to court documents.
Related article: Santa Clarita Bank Robbery Trial Should Have Jury By Next Week
An Acton man accused of shooting a business owner to death in an alleged parking dispute had his case continued until Feb. 19.
After a two-hour hearing at a Lancaster court in August, Scott Shipley, 56, of Acton, was held to answer to a first degree murder charge in the May 15 shooting death of 39-year-old Christopher Demyen, also of Acton.
Demyen was shot once in the chest, in front of the home of Fernando Franco, who lives on the 1500 block of Eagle Butte Road.
Shipley allegedly became upset when an Acton Water Co. truck blocked the path to his home, according to evidence presented at Shipley’s preliminary hearing.
Both sides initially agreed to start the trial later this month, but the case was delayed at a “readiness” hearing Monday.
He’s being held in lieu of $2 million bail.
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