Judge orders trial in violent Fairfield carjacking case

By From page A3 | July 30, 2013

FAIRFIELD — An ex-con accused of pistol-whipping and carjacking his roommate at a San Francisco drug treatment home was ordered Monday to stand trial on four felony charges.

Christopher L. Osborne, 43, and his roommate drove to Fairfield on the afternoon of July 15 so the roommate could sell his 1997 Toyota to a woman Osborne knew. The pair met up with the woman, who took the wheel of the car and starting a test-drive from the parking lot of the Waterman Village shopping center, according to testimony at a probable cause hearing.

The woman, Cherlynda Gordon, 32, told the roommate she could not afford the price he was asking for the car. Their talk about the asking price was abruptly interrupted by Osborne, who while sitting in the back seat behind his roommate, abruptly pulled out a revolver and started repeatedly hitting his roommate in the head and threatening to kill him.

Gordon stopped the car on Applewood Drive, and the roommate stumbled and fell from the car as Gordon drove off with Osborne. A few minutes later, a Fairfield police officer spotted the car near the intersection of Travis Boulevard and Holiday Lane, prompting a traffic stop at a corner gas station.

Osborne and Gordon were arrested and police found the gun in the car a short time later.

The carjacking victim was taken to NorthBay Medical Center and was treated for a minor injury.

The hearing ended with Judge E. Bradley Nelson ordering Gordon and Osborne to stand trial on felony carjacking charges. Nelson also ordered Osborne stand trial on a charge of assault with a firearm.

Gordon and Osborne were ordered to return to court Aug. 12 when dates for a jury trial may be set.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

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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