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first_imgBOURNEMOUTH VS WEST BROMDespite losing five of their last six games in the Barclays Premier League, Bournemouth can plan for a second season in the top flight thanks, mainly to three straight wins in early March. Albion have lost five and drawn two of their last seven league outings. They last won in early March against Manchester United while their most recent win on the road came at Everton in February.ASTON VILLA VSNEWCASTLE UNITEDAston Villa are down and Newcastle United couldfollow them if they lose this game. Last weekend’s 1-0 home win over Crystal Palace took the Magpies out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone, a point above Sunderland and two clear of Norwich. Villa have lost their last 11 league games, equalling a club record, and will set a new low with another defeat.CRYSTAL PALACE VS STOKE CITYGoals have been Palace’s problem. They have netted just 36 in 36 games. Only Norwich (35), West Bromwich Albion (32) and Aston Villa (27) have fewer this season. However, their record fewest is the 33 they netted in the 2013-14 campaign. Stoke have gone five league games without a win and have lost twice to Palace already this season, in the league and FA Cup.SUNDERLAND VS CHELSEASunderland have lost only one of their last eight games in the Barclays Premier League but they have also won just one while drawing six. Chelsea have won only one of their last four league games though, on Monday, Guus Hiddink’s men ended Tottenham’s hopes had of winning the league with a 2-2 draw.WEST HAM VS SWANSEA CITYWest Ham have lost only twice at home this season, while winning eight and drawing seven. The old stadium has been treated to 50 goals in 17 games, 30 by West Ham and 20 from the visitors. Swansea, meanwhile, are safe for another season after winning five of their last nine Barclays Premier League games.LIVERPOOL VSWATFORDLiverpool’s record at home to Watford is impressive. In eight home Barclays Premier League games the Reds have won seven and lost just once, in August 1999. Yet in December Watford profited from Liverpool’s dreadful opening at Vicarage Road to continue their remarkable rise with a fourth consecutive Premier League win.last_img read more

Judge sends two to trial in slayings

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORWALK – A judge ruled Wednesday that the testimony of one witness, corroborated by several homicide detectives, was enough to hold two men for trial on multiple murder charges. Cimarron Bernard Bell, 31, of unincorporated Whittier and Briaell Michael Lee, 23, of Los Angeles are both charged in the murders of three men whose bodies were found stuffed into a Mercedes-Benz at a strip mall in La Mirada on Jan. 30, 2004. Bell is additionally charged in the Nov. 11, 2003, murder of Ineka Edmonson, 22, of Compton. Her body was found inside her car, which was parked in La Habra. Both defendants also are charged with three special circumstances – multiple murders, intentionally carrying out murders for financial gain and lying in wait to commit murder. Deputy District Attorney Darrel Mavis said the special circumstance allegations allow prosecutors to seek the death penalty if Lee and Bell are found guilty. No decision on whether prosecutors will seek death for the two has been made yet. During the second day of a preliminary hearing for Bell and Lee, their public defender, Harriet Hawkins, sought to dismiss the special circumstances allegations for lack of evidence. “We only have what Ms. Wyatt says. I don’t believe that’s enough evidence to support special circumstance charges,” Hawkins said. But Norwalk Court Judge Patrick Meyers denied the motion. “The defendants should be held to answer for all counts and special-circumstance allegations,” he said. The witness, Neysa Wyatt, testified Tuesday that Bell had described to her details of all four murders. She had been one of Bell’s girlfriends in fall 2003 through January 2004. She testified Bell told her he placed an advertisement in a magazine to sell his Chevrolet for $8,500. He intended to lure a prospective buyer to his home, kill him and take the cash, Wyatt testified. Mario Larios, 23, and Edgar Valles, 22, both of West Covina, and Fernando Pina , 25, of Mexico responded to Bell’s ad. Larios was co-owner of National Fence in Santa Fe Springs and Valles worked for him. All three men were shot to death. According to Wyatt and detectives, Lee and Bell allegedly wrapped the men’s feet in duct tape, wrapped their bodies in plastic sheets and put them in the back seat and trunk of the Mercedes, which belonged to one of the victims. Then they parked the car at the La Mirada strip mall and left it, authorities alleged. Recounting in court what Bell had told her, Wyatt said Bell told Lee to “wrap the gifts tight.” “He (Bell) said there was blood everywhere,” Wyatt testified. Besides her testimony, homicide detectives said they have DNA samples, ballistics tests results and other evidence that connects Bell to the slayings – including a firearm that was used in all of the homicides. “We got significant evidence from Bell’s house,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department homicide Detective Sgt. Timothy Miley said. Wyatt also recounted in court Bell’s description of Edmonson’s murder. “He sat on a futon sofa and started to tell me how he done it,” she said. “She was causing problems in his life, running around telling people he bought her things.” She said that Bell also believed that Edmonson – nicknamed “Juicy” – was stealing money from him. Detectives found Edmonson’s body inside her car parked in the 1700 block of East Lambert Road in La Habra on Nov. 12, 2003. Miley testified that, during several interviews with Lee about the January 2004 murders, Lee changed his story. In one interview, he told detectives Bell held his finger over the trigger of a gun and pulled it for him, Miley said. Later, Lee told Miley that he shot a man as he ran begging for his life toward the front door of Bell’s home, after Bell ordered him to shoot, Miley testified. sandy.mazza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026last_img read more