Fairfield man makes bid for separate murder trials

By From page A3 | January 18, 2014

Warren Sloan

Warren Sloan

FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield man awaiting trial on two murder charges was in court Friday to see if he will have one or two jury trials this summer.

Judge E. Bradley Nelson put off until Jan. 27 a decision on a prosecution request to merge both 0f Warren G. Sloan’s murder cases into a single trial. Sloan’s defense attorney, Robert Warshawsky, wants separate jury trials.

Sloan is accused of shooting and killing 47-year-0ld Clarence James during a botched robbery attempt on the night of March 12, 2012, in the driveway of James’ home on Hayes Street. Sloan is also accused of stabbing and killing 19-year-old Cheynah D. Watson on the night of March 31, 2012, in the backyard of an abandoned home about a block from where James was killed.

Prosecutors believe Sloan likely killed Watson, stabbing her more than 20 times, because she had mocked him over his failed robbery attempt.

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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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  • FF64January 18, 2014 - 3:05 pm

    Why isn't this a death penalty trial? He waited for his victim to return home and assassinated him as he exited his car.

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 18, 2014 - 4:32 pm

    California. Even if sentenced it won't happen. Besides, you get a life sentence for beating a defenseless human being near death leaving him disabled for life and get parole in 5-8 years. What's the point?

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  • KatJanuary 18, 2014 - 8:54 pm

    Because even when a good solid arrest is made by the pd the court system does not back it up. The same offenders are often back out on the streets repeating their offenses.

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  • night hawkApril 25, 2014 - 7:01 pm

    I agree but.where mans justice fails.God's judgement.doesn't God is.the almighty supreme judge we should praying for.all parties involved

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