The Murder of Lorenzo Carachure

Trio of Gang Members Sentenced for 2007 Murder

Judge hands down 26- and 15-year state prison terms. Read story.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Bye-Bye, Ruben Mize

With Monday’s sentencing, the violent gangster will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars. Read story.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Older Mize Brother Sentenced

Robert Martinez, who turned against his younger brother Ruben Mize and testified in Mize’s murder trial, was sentenced to 36 months in federal prison as a result of a conviction resulting from Operation Gator Roll. Read story.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Four Found Guilty in 2007 Murder Case

Jury convicts group of Eastside gang members who stabbed a 16-year-old rival to death. Read story.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Jury Still Deliberating in Mize Trial

A Santa Barbara jury was, as of the morning of 3/2, in its third day deliberating the fates of Ruben Mize, Bryan Medinilla, Ricardo Nava, and Raul Diaz. Read story.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Jury Begins Mize Trial Deliberations

Four Eastside gang members face murder and attempted murder charges. Read story.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Brother Testifies Against Brother

Ruben Mize, an Eastside gang member accused—along with Bryan Medinilla, Ricardo Nava, and Raul Diaz—in the 2007 murder of Lorenzo Carachure, saw his older brother Robert Martinez testify against him this week. Read story.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Mize and Crew on Trial Again

Prosecuting and defense attorneys deliver their opening statements. Read story.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Murder Retrial Set to Begin

Jury selection is complete, and opening statements are scheduled for January 31. Read story.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Accused Murderers Heading Back to Court

Ruben Mize, Raul Diaz, Bryan Medinilla and Ricardo Nava are scheduled for a trial call the first week of January. Read story.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Mize Trial Jury Selection Underway

Jury selection is underway for the trial of Ruben Mize and Jacob Medina, accused in a 2007 stabbing. Read story.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Attempted Murder Suspects Move Toward Trial

Judge denies defendant's request to sever his case from Ruben Mize's. Read story.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Mize and Crew to Face Retrial Together

Judge Anderson rules that previously presented evidence would not unfairly bias a jury. Read story.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Mize Codefendants Must Wait to Sever Cases

Motions by three codefendants to sever their murder and attempted murder cases from the fourth defendant, Ruben Mize, will be heard on 9/23. Read story.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Breaking Away from Ruben Mize

Defendants in trial for Lorenzo Carachure’s murder seek to sever themselves from main culprit. Read story.

Saturday, August 14, 2010
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