Benjamin Vargas Murder Trial

Benjamin Vargas Sentenced to Six Years

Convicted in May of voluntary manslaughter for fatal Isla Vista stabbing. Read story.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Vargas Guilty of Voluntary Manslaughter

Avoids murder conviction, but faces 3, 6, or 11 years in prison for fatal Isla Vista stabbing. Read story.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Vargas Can't Be Convicted of First Degree Murder

Defense attorney successfully lobbies judge to take option off the table. Read story.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Vargas's Girlfriend Takes Stand in Murder Trial

Karen Medina testifies about pre-fight exchange. Read story.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Victim's Friend Takes Stand in Vargas Murder Trial

Aaron Disandro says “visions and dreams” helped him recall details of the incident. Read story.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Murder Case Hinges on Self-Defense Claim

Benjamin Vargas on trial for stabbing and killing Vincent Velasquez. Read story.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Prosecutor Allowed to Stay on Vargas Murder Trial

The defense alleged that the DA's office and its attorney had acted inappropriately. Read story.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Charges Dropped Against Accused Accessories to Murder

Judge says there is insufficient evidence to prosecute Karen Medina and Maria Vargas. Read story.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Two Women Implicated in Isla Vista Murder

The stabbing suspect's sister and girlfriend have been charged as accessories. Read story.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Attorneys Make Final Preparations for Vargas Murder Trial

DA questions why defense wants photos of Eastside gang members. Read story.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Vargas to Stand Trial for Isla Vista Murder

Victim's friend and eyewitness remembers stabbing in emotional testimony. Read story.

Originally published 10:00 a.m., June 3, 2011
Updated 12:00 p.m., June 6, 2011

Friends and Family Remember I.V. Murder Victim

Say Vincent Velasquez had a big heart and never went looking for trouble. Read story.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Arrest Made in Isla Vista Murder Case

Suspect Benjamin Vargas, 20, was booked into County Jail Tuesday night. Read story.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011
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