(1) LBPD Has Presented Its Evidence/Materials To D.A. For Criminal Case-Filing Consideration In Los Cerritos (Awaida Family) Triple-Fatality; (2) At Court Hearing In Comm'l Burg Case, Court Maintains Its Approval For LB City Prosecutor Haubert-Sought $500k Bail, Schedules Next Hearing
|(Nov. 7, 2019, 4:25 p.m.) -- In fast breaking developments today:
The LB City Prosecutor's office is handling a June 30 commercial burglary case against defendant Navarro as the DA's office declined to file felony charges in that case. As previously reported by LBREPORT.com, LBPD PIO Jennifer DePrez has told LBREPORT.com:
On June 30, 2019 at approximately 3:50 a.m., officers responded to a burglary call in the 4500 block of California Ave. Upon arrival, officers observed a burglary in progress at a business located in the 900 block of E. 45th St. Officers located an adult male suspect outside the business The suspect, later identified as 20-year-old Carlo Navarro of Long Beach, was taken into custody and booked for commercial burglary, vandalism and possession of burglary tools and was held in the Long Beach City Jail on $20,000 bail. The reported loss was miscellaneous store merchandise...Detectives presented the case to the Los Angeles Count District Attorney’s Office in July [which] was deferred to the [LB] City Prosecutor's Office, which filed charges for misdemeanor burglary, vandalism and possession of burglary tools against Navarro.
The City Prosecutor's case charges Navarro with three misdemeanor counts: burglary, vandalism, and possession of burglary tools. Navarro faces a maximum of two and a half years in County jail if convicted on all counts.
On October 31, 2019, LBPD arrested Mr. Navarro on suspicion of DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter after the vehicle he was driving struck the Awaida family while they were wallking in a Los Cerritos neighborhood. Mr. Awaida succumbed to his injuries at a hospital at some point on Oct. 31-Nov. 1. LASD records show LBPD arrested Mr. Navarro at 11:44 p.m. on Oct. 31, booked him at 4:15 a.m. on November 1, and LASD released him from custody at 9:42 p.m. on November 1 after he posted $100,000 bail. On November 2 and 3 respectively, the Awaida's three year old son Omar and mother Raihan succumbed to their injuries.
The now-pending decision by the DA's office on possible criminal charge(s) against arrestee Navarro in the Oct. 31 Awaida triple fatality matter involves factual and legal decisions. The District Attorney's office (and any DA's office) must have a reasonable belief that it can prove the charges alleged at trial beyond a reasonable doubt. In addition, all prosecutors have a separate duty not merely to convict but also to seek justice (a just result within legal limits.)
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