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Richard Calkins, right, consults with his attorney, Chief Deputy Public Defender Oscar Bobrow, shortly after Calkins was found guilty of second-degree murder and attempted murder in Solano County Superior Court, June 19, 2014. (Jess Sullivan/Daily Republic)


Convicted killer Calkins may get new trial

By From page A4 | July 19, 2014

FAIRFIELD — The Vacaville man found guilty of second-degree murder and attempted murder in June for a 2010 late-night shooting spree in a Vacaville apartment was in court briefly Friday.

The lawyer for Richard R. Calkins, 22, said he was probably going to file a request for a new jury trial and that could not be started until a full transcript of the monthlong trial was available.

Judge Donna Stashyn ordered Calkins back to court July 25 when a date for the new trial request may be scheduled.

Prosecutor Robert Hightower said during Friday’s hearing that his office would likely seek a second trial for Calkins, who was among four friends who were all high on psilocybin mushrooms and watching television after spending the evening drinking and smoking marijuana.

Calkins shot and killed Richard M. Perez, 20, and Cameron S. Silva, 21. He also shot Sarah Berkheimer in the face but she survived her wounds.

Calkins’ trial ended with the jury finding him guilty of murder for Silva’s killing and guilty of attempted murder for shooting Berkheimer. Jurors deadlocked on the murder charge involving Perez.

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Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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  • Awaiting the NewJuly 19, 2014 - 9:31 am

    Leave it to the Solano DAs office to screw it up again. What could you possibly do to screw this up. Guilty of one but not the other? Then, at tax payers expense retry him when he's already facing multiple life sentences. Mdantsane wait until January 1 when the new admin takes over. This group is like a bunch of keystone cops

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  • TimJuly 19, 2014 - 10:13 am

    I agree to a certain extent. Two guilty verdicts should be enough. But I don't know you can blame the DA on this. Juries are unpredictable not matter how much evidence is presented. Does OJ ring a bell? I say move on to the next case.

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  • just sayin'July 19, 2014 - 2:43 pm

    Try looking into what the judges allow and do not allow into the trial. Stop blaming those who are trying to help the law abiding citizens and look at those who control the courts.

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  • Lola65July 21, 2014 - 11:49 am

    I knew that this "user of the system" by himself as well as his family would somehow get a new trial..What a waste of time and tax payers money...been hearing a few rumors to why a new trial could possible happen and it is some B.S....but maybe some new info will come to light and bury this jackass further ....(and they wonder why people hate jury duty)

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  • General Fadi BasemJuly 21, 2014 - 3:40 pm

    The only "new trial" he will get is a second trial on the charge that resulted in a mistrial.

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  • gloriaJuly 31, 2014 - 2:25 pm

    why isn't his loser family(mom and brother) being charged for anything leaving a murder scene. What a friend just left their "friends" there to die while the mom got them out of there. no wonder everyone hates them losers. They are such liars I don't believe anything those welfare people say! KARMA will come knocking you just wait

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