FAIRFIELD — Dorothy M. York made her second first appearance in court to face a murder charge for allegedly killing a 68-year-old man in 2003 at his Rancho Solano home.
York, 33, was arrested Friday after a grand jury handed down an indictment charging her with the killing of George F. Dawkins. York did not enter a plea. The public defender’s office was appointed to serve as her attorney and she was ordered back to court Nov. 14 to enter a plea.
York went through the same courtroom procedures nine years ago, in October 2002, when, at age 24, she was arrested for Dawkins’ murder.
Police believe York shot Dawkins during an intimate party with Dawkins and a female friend of York’s. Dawkins, of Oakland, was a self-made millionaire who stayed at the Rancho Solano home a few times a month for parties, according to family members and neighbors.
Eight months after her arrest in 2002, prosecutors dismissed murder charges against York after a statement she gave to police was thrown out of court because police violated her Miranda rights. During a police interview York had asked to talk to a lawyer. She then talked with a pair of detectives and gave what was described as “significant admissions.”
At the court hearing where the original charges against her were dropped, York let out a loud cheer as she left the courtroom. There was no cheering during Monday’s brief court appearance.
York is being held without bail.
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