Murder charges filed in two deaths

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “That’s what the court found: There was insufficient evidence to hold my client to answer (on the dismissed charges),” Deputy Alternate Public Defender Walter Katz said. Hall, who was already on probation for battery on a peace officer after an arrest in May by Santa Clarita deputies, was being held without bail. The 28-foot-long motor home had been stolen June 18 from a Pearblosssom gasoline station, probably within one to three hours of the first fatal crash. The motor home hit Arevalo’s car after 4 p.m. June 18 on 47th Street East, south of Avenue R-8. Arevalo’s car went out of control and crashed into a utility pole. The motor home kept going, allegedly causing two other minor collisions before deputies spotted it near Avenue P and 26th Street East. LANCASTER – A Palmdale man accused of fleeing from a fatal crash in a stolen motor home and colliding with another vehicle, fatally injuring a teenager, has been ordered to stand trial on charges of murder. Christopher Anthony Hall, 40, is charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of 49-year-old Lilian Mary Arevalo of Palmdale and 16-year-old Brian McWright of Lancaster. Hall was also bound over for trial on two counts of attempted murder of a peace officer for steering close to patrol cars and on felony driving under the influence of alcohol. Prosecutors said Hall’s blood alcohol level was .15 percent, above the .08 level at which a motorist is presumed drunk under California law. Four counts of attempted murder on a peace officer were dismissed by the judge, who presided over the preliminary hearing last week, Hall’s attorney said. Deputies pursued the motor home for about eight minutes until it crashed into two more cars at Palmdale Boulevard and 50th Street East. The car containing McWright was dragged more than 100 feet before the motor home overturned. Hall was arrested there. McWright was on his way with his older brother, a cousin and the brother’s girlfriend to a Juneteenth celebration at Jackie Robinson Park in Littlerock. McWright, who attended Lancaster High School and was in the school’s Junior ROTC program, died three days after the crash. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more