People v. Dawn Whitlow
Description: 32 counts of sexual assault charged, including rape, sodomy, forcible oral copulation, penetration with foreign object. Defendant and another young man were accused of taking a young female co-worker to a motel where she was held captive and forced to engage in numerous sexual activities. When her boyfriend and mother showed up at the motel, the two men jumped out of the window and ran away, only to be caught a short time later. After rigorous cross examination of the alleged victim at trial, the jury acquitted both defendants on all 32 counts!
Outcome: Not guilty 32 counts Sexual Assault!
People v. Megan Martzen
Description: Ms. Martzen was charged with second degree murder and child abuse homicide. The minimum sentence, if convicted of the charges, was 25 years to life in prison.
Outcome: Jury trial ended in a hung jury, with the jury voting 10-2 and 8-4 not guilty on Counts 1 & 2, case settled for probation and community service.
People v. Daniel Villalon
Description: A fight begins inside a local bar where young Daniel was working as a DJ. It continues outside as the bar closes and as Daniel is getting off work a man is stabbed and dies in the parking lot. On investigation, police say several witnesses said Daniel was involved in the fight, and stabbed the victim. At trial, the witnesses deny telling this story to police, and testify that Daniel was not involved in the fight. The weeks-long trial results in the jury acquitting Daniel of murder.
Outcome: Not Guilty – Murder
People v. Dean
Description: Client was charged with ten felony counts of illegal possession of firearms and one misdemeanor count of illegal possession of firearms.
Outcome: The court granted Mr. Hammerschmidt motion to reduce all felonies to misdemeanors and the client was permitted to serve his jail time as community service.