Wednesday, March 4, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Solano autopsy questions spill into Travis Dairy homicide case

By
From page A1 | February 20, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — Another pending murder case has been affected by the growing controversy involving the doctor with the Solano County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office who conducted the autopsy on the victim.

Sheriff’s officials have repeatedly said Dr. Susan Hogan retired in December 2013. She has said she was abruptly fired for no reason. Prosecutors earlier this week confirmed a months-long look at Hogan’s work turned up problems with some of her autopsies. A growing number of defense attorneys now want to know if their clients may be wrongly accused because of sloppy or negligent autopsies.

James A. Young, 19, was in court briefly Wednesday morning. He faces murder and robbery charges for his alleged role with four other teens in the June 2011 robbery and assault on the owner of the Travis Dairy, 70-year-old Ho Kim, who suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after being doused with pepper spray and beaten.

Young watched his defense attorney, Jessica Agnich, press prosecutors for information about Hogan and the circumstances that led to her abrupt departure from her job. Also in court were lawyers for Hogan and the county who have been in court several times in recent weeks, providing judges with more than 1,000 pages of documents about Hogan to review behind closed doors.

The judge overseeing Young’s case, Donna Stashyn, reviewed the Hogan documents last week in another pending murder case and passed on a thick sheath of copies of some of those documents to another defense attorney. Stashyn is also presiding over a double-murder case in which the jury trial was recently delayed at the last-minute when Hogan refused to testify about her autopsies.

Stashyn repeatedly told prosecutors at Wednesday’s meeting that even though she had reviewed the Hogan documents and shared many of them with other defense attorneys, the ultimate responsibility of sharing any information that might somehow exonerate the accused, as required by law, was the responsibility of the District Attorney’s Office. Stashyn urged prosecutors to meet with Sheriff’s Office officials to ensure that all the relevant information about Hogan’s work was on the table.

Hogan, during a December 2012 probable cause in the Travis Dairy case, said Kim, who had a history of heart problems, had “literally been scared to death.” Hogan’s expert conclusion about the cause of death was different from what she had previously described at prior court hearings. After her testimony, Stashyn put the hearing on hold and urged prosecutors to consider plea deals in the murder case. Four of the five suspects took plea deals at their next court appearance.

The defendants, James E. Williamson, 16, Osis “O Money” Smith, Dezmon “Young D” Frazier, both 18, and Chelsea Johnson, 19, pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter and burglary charges for their actions in the June 2011 theft that netted them $60 and several packs of Newport cigarettes.

Agnich and Young are scheduled to be back in court March 7 when Stashyn will review whether all the relevant Hogan documents have been turned over by prosecutors.

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.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 11 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • DJFebruary 20, 2014 - 12:52 am

    I will ask it again. Why does DR insist on printing these people's "street" names. I would like a editor to respond to The reasoning behind this.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Christine in FFFebruary 20, 2014 - 9:45 am

    It used to bother me also. Not anymore cause all it does is remind their parents of how proud they are of their children and what upstanding citizens they are in society.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • JustinFebruary 20, 2014 - 1:46 am

    This is enough. The chief of police needs to start giving every able bodied person concealed weapons permits asap. Now the people who murdered Mr. Ho are gonna get off of their 2 year sentence cause of technicality ? Im not gonna go out like this.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • justinFebruary 20, 2014 - 2:08 am

    also good work Jess for keeping us informed about this . I hope 60 minutes picks up on this .

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Skeptic ScroogeFebruary 20, 2014 - 3:47 am

    I hope if they get off that she has to do their jail time!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • SC is PatheticFebruary 20, 2014 - 6:37 am

    What will we read tomorrow? ALL the defendants ever involved in cases with this bogus pathologist are going to have their cases dropped, and released from prison? Someone also needs to review Donna Revolving Door Set em Free with Probation so they can re offend Stashyn' cases.What kind of judge halts a hearing and urges prosecutors to offer plea deals? A man was MURDERED! He died in the commission of a crime! I don't care if he stubbed his toe, resulting in a fall and subsequent death-had those heathens not robbed him, he wouldn't have stubbed his toe! How is this pathologist able to refuse to come to court and testify??? I don't care about the word games. If they say she retired and she says she was fired, maybe she had enough time to retire when she was let go. At the end of the day, FINISH WHAT YOU START, and that goes for her and her autopsies/testifying, and this worthless county needs to ENSURE that she shows up to court,or faces punishment, AND fix the problem. By fix I don't mean throw their hands up in the air, blame the Pathologist,the defense, the prosecution, the victim, etc. JUST FIX THE PROBLEM! I wanna say I can't believe this is happening, but I can. I know of someone who was always in Donna' court. He said she was COOL! I guess she is, since he's been selling/robbing/killing for over a decade, has NEVER gone to prison, is ALWAYS having his probation reinstated, and for the first time is sitting in CB, when in actuality, he should have been in PRISON years ago. Yes, I blame Donna. I blame this state. I must find somewhere to move. This is unacceptable, frustrating, nauseating, and so much more.We have the young girl taken from E Tabor and murdered in the park,Officer Capoot,and how many other victims whose cases may be bungled, due to this pathologist, and weak weak Plea Broker Donna.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • CD BrooksFebruary 20, 2014 - 7:39 am

    What an ugly mess this has become. We have enough difficulty in this town locking people up them keeping them there. If the majority of these people walk it is a huge injustice. Not only an injustice but it puts every citizen's life in jeopardy. From a law and order perspective, we are in big trouble here in Fairfield. Somebody needs to step up and clean up this ridiculous travesty of our legal system.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • boomFebruary 20, 2014 - 10:07 am

    Are all of you guys new to Solano county? The coroner's office had been a constant black eye for this county since at least the late 80's and early 90's when you would get your relatives back from them filled with maggots. Don't believe me? Ask DR , they printed the story right here on these pages, 20 years ago. BTW, the Sheriff is responsible for coroner's office, if you have any doubt as to who's door you should lay your grievances at.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Typical County WorkerFebruary 20, 2014 - 1:37 pm

    I was waiting for someone to mention this. Maybe they should consider separating the Sheriff and Coroner.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Rich GiddensFebruary 20, 2014 - 11:24 am

    The issue of the enigmatic Dr. Hogan and her communications, case work product findings along with the causes and circumstances of her sudden career's conclusion need to see the light of day. That means Dr. Hogan needs to be brought forward to testify instead of being hidden as is the case right now. Where is this Dr. Hogan? Nobody can find her!---she's being hidden and take a guess by whom! People need to go watch these proceedings and hearings---its truly amazing what is revealed at them and perhaps you're not being told the whole story or its being hidden by the Sheriff and the DA thug slugs. I note with interest that in attendance at those hearings are interesting characters like Dan Wolk and insurance underwriters.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • JusticeFebruary 20, 2014 - 1:58 pm

    This all lies with the Sheriff. I understand making a hiring mistake, but two pathologists in a row? At what costs to tax payers. Ferrera needs to go and if the DA Don duBain endorces him then he needs to go too.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

County honors Meadows Trigueiro as Woman of the Year

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Police shut down Fairfield street after shooting

By Glen Faison | From Page: A1, 2 Comments | Gallery

Report: Affordable Care Act stretches Solano services

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A1

 
Celebrity chef motivates Armijo students

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A2 | Gallery

 
Highway 12 Association to meet this month

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A4

 
Caltrans reschedules work on J-Mack Ferry

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A4

State schedules work on Highway 12

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A4

 
Bridge work to shut down Highway 12 east of Rio Vista

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A4

 
Supervisors move ahead with flood planning effort

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A5

 
 
Robots, raucous businessmen set to arrive on big screen

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A7

Suisun water rate increase public meetings to begin

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A9

 
Teen hit by SUV remains in hospital

By Glen Faison | From Page: A9

College looks at Measure Q project changes

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A9

 
 
 
Fairfield police log: March 2, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

Fairfield police log: March 1, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

 
Fairfield police log: Feb. 28, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

Suisun police log: March 2, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

 
Suisun City police log: March 1, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

Suisun City police log: Feb. 28, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

 
Enrollment of non-residents to be capped at some UC campuses

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

.

US / World

California survey finds Sierra snowpack far below normal

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
California shuts down oil wells to protect ground water

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Ex-CIA chief admits sharing military secrets with mistress

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12 | Gallery

 
Mines, bombs slow Iraqi advance on Islamic State-held Tikrit

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

India orders TV stations not to give rapist a platform

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

 
Health officials perplexed by vaccination skeptics

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

Lawmakers taking another crack at expanding gun checks

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

 
California lawmakers show wide discrepancy in missed votes

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

Agents target industry helping Chinese women have US babies

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13 | Gallery

 
Family of girl declared brain-dead sues Oakland hospital

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

US marshals say man killed by Los Angeles police was wanted

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13 | Gallery

 
72 passengers reach settlements in Asiana crash

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

Netanyahu warns US ‘bad deal’ would put Iran on nuclear path

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

 
Congress sends Homeland bill to Obama without conditions

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

.

Opinion

Minority outreach that works

By Jennifer Rubin | From Page: A11, 1 Comment

 
Israelis worry about inequality, not Iran

By Daniel Gordis | From Page: A11, 2 Comments

 
Editorial cartoon: March 3-4, 2015

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A11

 
.

Living

Today in History: March 4, 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Community Calendar: March 4, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

Mushrooms are nutrient-packed, with a deep, savory flavor

By The Washington Post | From Page: B5

 
Get ready to add white to the rainbow of produce you eat

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

 
Horoscopes: March 4, 2015

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B7

My husband and I want different things in our retirement

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B7

 
.

Entertainment

Apollo to celebrate Holiday birthday

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Oprah’s Chicago studios to close down

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Fashion week moves Milan to Paris

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

.

Sports

Bumgarner hit hard in spring debut, A’s beat Giants 9-4

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
 
Vanden girls roll, advance to SJS championship game

By Marcus Lomtong | From Page: B1

Kings bring back former player Divac in front-office role

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
No ‘floating rubbish’ collection for Olympic sailing venue

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Cal senior Reshanda Gray named Pac-12 Player of the Year

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Rudy Gay, Kings hand Knicks worst loss of season, 124-86

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Cubs’ scramble on Wrigley Field hits bump when mayor balks

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Raiders officially release S Tyvon Branch

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Trooper: Fingerprints show victim in Hernandez’s rented car

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Play ball! Quickly! Baseball tries to speed game this spring

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Australian rugby star Hayne signs 3-year deal with 49ers

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Maid: Hernandez messed with security camera after killing

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Pacquiao big hit so far in Vegas sports books vs Mayweather

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

.

Business

Oil glut could soon lead to plummeting prices

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8

 
.

Obituaries

Robert C. Thierry

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Garland (Curly) Henry Tackett

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Otto Vasak

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
John Henry Fechter, Jr.

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

Jacqueline Mendes

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7