Jurors to take week off from double-homicide deliberations

By From page A4 | June 11, 2014

Richard R. Calkins

Richard R. Calkins

FAIRFIELD — After two days of deliberations, jurors in a double-homicide trial agreed to one thing Monday – that they would take a week off and resume deliberations June 18.

Richard R. Calkins, 22, faces a pair of murder charges and an attempted murder charge for what happened while he was partying with some friends on the night of Nov. 16, 2010.

Calkins is accused of killing Richard M. Perez, 20, and Cameron S. Silva, 21, before wounding Sarah Berkheimer.

Berkheimer testified at Calkins’ monthlong trial that she and the three men spent the night eating psilocybin mushrooms, watching “Family Guy” on television and laughing until the shooting started at 2 a.m.

Calkins’ defense attorney claims the mushrooms triggered a paranoid break from reality, a state of unconsciousness, for Calkins, who he argued should be either found not guilty or, at worst, found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

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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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  • ContinuedJune 10, 2014 - 3:38 pm

    It make me sick to think there are sociopaths that get out on involuntary manslaughter period ... As for Calkins he murdered 2 people and attempted to murder another this was not a accident .... as a child he was sent to Juvenal hall for 2 year for committing armed robbery with one of his character witness at that ..... this local gang member is not some one I personally want to see walk or be free because of some calculated mess that was clearly premeditated he's not a kid who messed up this is a man who has no respect for human life he's disgusting and if given the chance would do it again and again

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  • Lola65June 10, 2014 - 5:28 pm

    Why is the jury taking a week off...to forget about the month long crap they just sat through....anyway...if he is found guilty of only involuntary/manslaughter what message does this send..if you commit a crime but were under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs you will get a lighter sentence...He assumed responsibility for his actions when he ingested the drugs...

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