FRANK CARSON et al……..

Being too tense leads to nonsense

By Marty Carlson


The afternoon session continued with a video of Robert Bronco, which by the way I believe I used Branco, that is clarified to me after lunch. Mr. bronco went on to say that much of Turlock had some type of issue with Korey Kaufman and there is many that wanted to beat him up.

He also mentioned there was a conversation at the store where they discuss a man that had been missing, and one of the Atwal brothers were talking about smashing someone up. Later on in the recording Mr. bronco stated that someone has dealt with him and Robert Woody was the last person to see Korey Kauffman alive.

When he was asked if he knew the Robert Woody had made regular trips to the mountains he stated that he has never known Robert Woody to visit in the mountains anywhere at any time. Investigator bunch began showing the witness a bunch of pictures, that he had in a large stack and where mostly numbered which he responded to that he did not know any of them, except for maybe one after investigator bunch told him who it was.

They also had a conversation about the wire that Miranda Dykes had worn in the recording device had been found on the front porch, and he stated that he really did know what it was, but stated that he felt it would probably put there by investigators to listen to them. He also stated that Robert Woody had a past domestic violence history with a previous relationship but had not known him to be violent with women in recent history.

He also stated that he didn’t talk to sunny much he didn’t really care for her, and she’d only been staying at the house what he called a “minute” meaning a short time. Robert Woody had kicked her out of the house because of her wandering ways at night.

But he also agreed that Sonny was in the house that particular day when a SWAT team had made entry. In addition, a SWAT team was still at his house as a spoke as part of the search warrant being served on the Woody residence.

Bronco had advised that he had heard from “some dude” on the street that Frank Carson had wanted Korey Kaufman dead. He stated that he has lied to sunny a lot that he didn’t really care for her, but also stated that he would not lie about a murder. He did not know anything about the Atwal truck being stolen and burned.

At the end of the interview investigator John Evers handed him a card as he was walking out the room, Mr. bronco probably wadded up the card look like he is looking for somewhere to throw it away but then stuck it in his pocket probably thinking better about it. The investigator finishing up the interview by asking bronco if Robert Woody had been involved in a previous homicide sometime in the past, he stated he knew nothing about it.

At that time several defense attorneys requested that the photos used in the interview be discovered say they have not received them as of yet, with the DA claiming they had. Apparently there was a bit of confusion as a numbering on the photos in the video was different than the numbering on the photos given in discovery. Apparently there was two different officers involved using two different methods and things got confusing.

After watching the video, the only defense attorney who still had questions was Martha Magana, and she inquired to what caliber the weapon was that D Atwal was wearing on his belt when he interviewed him, investigator bunch advise it was a 40 caliber. He was also asked if he knew when the newest Pop N Cork had opened and he advised it was in 2014 sometime.

When Martha Magana inquired if the psychic originally talked about had talked to the Hunter, Gary Crosby, at or near the site because she was aware that the body had been placed above ground, and that was one of the specific “knows’ the investigators for using that only the killer would know.

Missed Magana continued on in a very intense cross-examination asking questions about Jason Armstrong who had took several people to the site of the scene where the remains were found, also referred to as the grave, on or about January 2013 in January 2014. Investigator bunch stated that he had no knowledge of this, and missed Magana inquired if that in fact was true that would mean there was information on the street that was not specific to what just the killer would know.

I saw a bit of a body language change in investigator bunch during his interrogation and it just seemed to be the general attitude of everybody in the room today especially this afternoon. All attorneys are very agitated this point and it appears to me that the judge, especially not feeling well, they start to show signs of wear and maybe even weariness of this case. Maybe it’s best for all involved if we do start working four-day weeks on this trial.

Ms Magana accused investigator bunch of putting false information on the Ramey warrant knowing full well that there had been visitors to the site and apparently there had been some information they had talked to the Hunter, Gary Crosby, about what he had found. Ms. Magana’s contention was that it had been widely dispersed throughout the community where the body was found and in fact had been at least two groups of people that had been visiting the scene.

At this time the district attorney objected to the theory of multiple people visiting the scene, as in fact it had not been established, and the judge sustained her objection.

During this time there was a contentious exchange between all attorneys Mme. DA felt the need to explain to the judge some the proper ways of some of the things that are being done in the court with especially the defense attorneys, the judge gave her that judge look very clearly said I wear the robe. I must say at this time to it was not just the district attorney that she was upset with and showed ire towards all the attorneys in the room, in fact chastising all of them in a short speech.

For several frustrating minutes Ms Magana was pressing investigator bunch very hard about having a photo of Jason Armstrong at the scene of the grave, which he continually denied, the questions continually drew objections from Mme. DA. The judge at actually told the district attorney that the questions were not focused on the direct that she had done on investigator bunch but the judge this stated she’s going to let her do it anyway.

Again Martha Magana continue to ask if there were any photos of Jason Armstrong or anybody else at the site of the grave he continued to say no. After several objections by the district attorney the judge actually assisted Ms. Magana wording the question in the proper way, investigator bunch finally admitted yes there was a photo of Jason Armstrong at the scene where court Corey Kaufman’s remains were found. It appeared at this time that investigator bunch was extremely upset and in fact pretty red in the face, and he finally had to admit there was evidence that he had not turned over to the defense. And apparently this photo had been referred to in a previous interview that had been discovered where he stated to Jason Armstrong that he had a photo of him at the scene. I really don’t know why he was denying it at this point, it was not photos taken by him apparently it was a forestry photo that just happened to catch him.

This is getting towards the end of the day and the attorneys were talking and were going to have to have Gary Crosby return as a witness, because this new information that somebody may have talked to him, and gone to the scene and relayed information about it to others in Turlock so it is no longer specific information only the killer would know.

There were just a few testy arguments about Gary Crosby if he just found the body and reported it are actually gone and looked at the body and rummage around the scene or something along that line. Apparently Jason Armstrong and another individual by the name of McMillan had made trips to the scene which is what led the attorneys to believe that centering on information that only the killer would know was inaccurate.

Just a few observations at the end of the day and scheduling was discussed knowing that the judge has been sick this week, and looking a little pale, she seems frazzled and very tired at this point. Investigator bunch was looking pretty aggravated and pretty stressed. Mme. DA did not look happy and seem pretty aggravated or irritated over the course of events of this afternoon.

The witnesses scheduled to be called next Monday, as court is down tomorrow, will be Beverly Woody, Robert Woody’s mom, then probably Patrick Hampton and the guess is he’ll probably be on the stand at least two days, maybe more,  the way things have gone.

Court then went into recess until 930 Monday

Frank Carson et al….


April 14th 2016

This is the lunchtime report of the morning activities of the Frank Carson prelim.

Good morning started what defense attorney Jesse Garcia talking about his physical therapy and the scheduling. The court has decided to accommodate mr. Garcia they will be down on Fridays and possibly work half days on Wednesdays.

It was also discussed about when to call the next witness is for the peliminary hearing comma and the district attorney would like to call Beverly Woody on Monday, in addition to Patrick Hampton on Monday. There seems to be a little bit of a rush to get their testimony in.

Tomorrow give me about Patrick Hampton by Percy Martinez  and the testimony he is going to give, in addition he responded to the DA’s comments late yesterday.

Percy talked about Patrick Hampton being taken from the scene and Oakdale to the DA investigators office and requesting to not be recorded. For some reason the District Attorney’s Office felt they could comply with mr. Hamptons request do not record any statements he makes it regards to the Oakdale incident and the problems that he’s having testified in the Carson case.

First she talks about the information that had been put out on the street, that he was using a former client to intimidate Patrick Hampton, Percy advised that the subject that he supposedly used to attempt to intimidate Hampton was not or ever was a client of his. The new guys know the individual and had only one contact with him recently and that was at the Downtown Courthouse and I was a brief hi and bye type thing.

He feels it is Patrick Hampton is using this situation to his advantage especially since he has picked up other cases since his original testimony and had this incident in Oakdale the Oakdale Police was not able to fully investigate to see if there was a hostage because a DA investigator Swept Away the main player in the incident.

Martha magana then chimed in instated the actions of the district attorney investigator seem to be getting more and more egregious especially when the phone call that was directed by investigator Jacobson as directed towards getting information from Miss magana and not her client.

Madame ga so the circumstances have changed so it led to a contact with Patrick Hampton. Also she stated there is no requirement in the law requiring recording of interviews or suspects statements.

Danica Patrick Hampton did not want to be recorded because he has been called a snitch due to the recordings in his mind is as she put it somehow batom da thinks the defense attorneys have brought this on themselves with accusations like using Steve Jacobson to deal with the Bill situation.

MDA began reading from transcripts of previous recusal motions stating that defense attorneys are not allowed 2/2 any more information provided towards emotion there was a cutoff date for motions.

Mandy I also stated that Patrick Hampton was not or has not get involved in marijuana grow rip offs comma but referring back to his testimony couple months ago he admitted straight out that he is a career Criminal and he goes out harvesting of other people’s marijuana grows to make money.

Defense attorney forkner then stated  sinse Hampton Steve  Jacobson where childhood friends Hampton and Jacobson should not have connections with Hampton criminal activities as far as reporting them.

Finally about 11 o’clock we got to the preliminary hearing again and they started a video of Robert Franco Kama who lived in the woody house, and it was dated  February 26th 2014.

The interview was conducted by investigators bunch and Evers and as usual they kill the old story what you here stays here. Franco stated that he was a nephew of Robert Woody and had been friends with Korey Kauffman some time.

The investigator bunch did something very interesting it was actually a good interview technique, he sat down next to Robert Franco on the love seat he was sitting on and put his arm around him like they were old Buddies. It almost looked like a lounge scene from your local bar.

Robert Franco was confused about dates and actually knowing when he knew Korey, and investigator bunch had to remind him the date that Cory was murdered, which was on March 30th of 2012. Now it does not appear to me that they know that Cory was murdered on that date that is the date that Corey went missing and I have said all along I’ve still yet to see any evidence that there was a murder.

Matt Franco went on to say he had done crystal meth the day before and he was kind of tired and coming down off of High and just wanted to go home and go to bed.

Kirk bunch then was handed a stack of photographs for mr. Franco to identify comma and also revealed that Robert Franco’s street name with beedea.

They discussed Brenda Dykes briefly Robert Franklin said that she was only at the house for a minute meaning a short time but was asked to leave because she was trouble not to mention wearing wires for recording conversations. He also stated that he had done some work for popping cork.

DeFranco also said that no gun was used in the Cory Kaufman murder and that Robert would he had stated Korey Kauffman should be beat up and not killed.

Was the end of the morning session in the courtrooma,Which was to be continued at 1:30 this afternoon







By Warren Yates


This Carson persecution just keeps getting more sinister with each session. Webster defines “Sinister” as “having an evil appearance: looking likely to cause something bad, harmful, or dangerous to happen”. We have Webster here in all its glory or… After having been absent for a while working on other criminal cases I come back to find more and more detrimental conduct within the District Attorney’s Office.

For openers, finding out that a secret deal was made with the felony embezzler Sabrina Romero in which the victim was not allowed to make a victim impact regarding the hardship this criminals conduct placed upon the victim. The illustrious District Attorney’s Office at the behest of one of their district attorneys, (If I have to tell you which one, you have not been following the true reporting of this case either on or Dawgs Blog), saw fit to reduce the $12,000 felony embezzlement charge to a misdemeanor with a whole 90-day jail sentence none of which she will never see behind bars because of the overcrowding in the jail.

For those of you who don’t know, Sabrina Romero is one of the prosecution’s star witnesses in this case. Romero’s felony embezzlement case was filed on February 27, 2013 and had 20 some pretrial hearings for the last three years. Then suddenly without any commotion, Romero was quietly and inconspicuously given a misdemeanor conviction with a 90-day jail sentence that won’t be served and no restitution order for the victim in the minute order. Romero has paid back $2000 of the $12,000 that she stole and heaven only knows where she got that money from. But the victim has no restitution order to try to enforce.

But remember, chief deputy Dist. Atty. Ferreira has guaranteed the court that no deals whatsoever have been made to in anyway benefit the criminals that she is parading before the public answer testily, darn spellcheck never works when you need it. Since I have your attention, remember I am selling my oceanfront property in Death Valley at a bargain price. (Sarcasm intended). The way this hearing is turning out, there may be some people who will have a hard time getting their noooose in while entering Department 26.

Checking the Stanislaus County court index, Romero’s case still shows a preliminary hearing on March 14, 2016. On that date she pled nolo contendre and was sentenced. Here it is about a month later and there is still no status update on the Stanislaus County court index. Is there some mysterious reason why it doesn’t show her conviction? Normally the court index is updated on a regular basis at least on people who are not prosecution witnesses in this case. See her minuet order here: romero

As an example, below is a case I was the investigator on that shows that on February 17, 2016 our client pled guilty to the charge, was sentenced, the fine was sent to collections and the case was disposed of on February 19, 2016. This update to the court index was done in two days. Where, oh where can Romero’s update be? You don’t think her case has been expunged already do you? Just saying.

Event Date Event Type Event
02/19/2019 Status CASE CLOSED
08/19/2018 Status CASE CLOSED
02/19/2016 Status CASE CLOSED
02/19/2016 Hearing PRETRIAL – DEPT 1 02/19/2016 08:30 AM
02/19/2016 Hearing PRETRIAL – DEPT 1 02/19/2016 08:30 AM
02/19/2016 Report CASE DISMISSED
02/19/2016 Report CASE DISPOSED
02/19/2016 Report CASE DISPOSED
02/17/2016 Hearing PRETRIAL – DEPT 1 02/17/2016 08:30 AM

This morning in court Frank Navarro believed to be a Turlock police officer, resumed the stand for a few questions. He was asked if the fact that Frank Carson had called Mr. Navarro a liar and a perjurer and had filed complaints against him would it anyway give Mr. Navarro and incentive to go after and try to ruin Frank Carson’s reputation? Mr. Navarro stated no, that he was not angry at Frank Carson for doing and saying those things. I think that is very magnanimous of Mr. Navarro and he’s a better man than I am Gunga Din, as Rudyard Kipling so aptly put it.

When I was in active law enforcement, if an attorney had called me a liar and a perjurer thus impugning my integrity and my reputation for honesty, I would have filed a complaint with the California State Bar against the attorney. I think that would be egregious mis-conduct on the part of an attorney to attack a law enforcement officer unjustly. But of course, the affirmative positive defense to libel and slander is TRUTH. Just saying…

Defense attorney Martinez then asked Mr. Navarro if he recalled a case in which he asked the girlfriend of a person by the name of Saucedo, (?) to give Saucedo a lap dance or sit on his lap or something to elicit information from him regarding a crime. Mr. Navarro stated that he does not recall that particular situation and in fact does not know the name Saucedo. Well probably if I was not the guy who had the nice girl sitting on his lap, I probably would not have remembered it either. Mr. Navarro did indicate that he has not had any complaints filed against him.

Then there was an issue that came up regarding an interview conducted by one or more of the meritorious Dist. Atty. investigators of the subject by name of Leonard Hall and his wife or squeeze Heather Rich. Apparently Leonard Hall now resides in Tennessee and his other half resides somewhere else in the deep South part of the United States. During an offer proof by Mme. district attorney, she indicated that under some rock somewhere they turned up Leonard Hall. Mr. Hall allegedly said that when he and Heather were renting a home owned by Frank Carson, that they had been stealing valuable books and selling them to a local used book store.

Leonard Hall then allegedly told the investigators that when Frank Carson found out he and Heather were stealing his books, that he then went to their residence and soundly berated them, scared them and told them to get out. Hall allegedly told investigators that Frank Carson allegedly made threats of physical violence against them. Well, I can’t say I blame Mr. Carson for saying that. Sometimes you have to put the fear of God in certain dregs of society and sink to their level to make them understand.

Well when they asked when this terrible stuff happened, it appeared that it happened in 2004 after Leonard and Heather been arrested. Well it does show that under Stanislaus County case number 1081236 old Leonard was found guilty of grand theft, of money, labor or property over $400 in value. His felony charge of receiving stolen property was dismissed. (I didn’t see that one coming. Sarcasm intended.) This was for the theft of Frank Carson’s property. But wait, it’s not over yet. Under Stanislaus County court case number 1081235, the lovely Miss Heather apparently fled the charges in 2007. She was charged with the same grand theft of money, labor or property over $400 in value and also felony possession of stolen property, that would be the books. Old Leonard skated on the possession of stolen property charge and just got bopped for the felony grand theft.

Now the lovely Miss Heather shows that apparently in August 2015 the long arm of the law, or the long arm of the District Attorney’s Office needing another potential witness, managed to find her and bring her back. The court index shows that there was a bail hearing on August 28, 2015. Now I know this is hard to believe but she has had five pretrial hearings since her arrest in August 2015 and the next pretrial hearing is scheduled for, are you ready for this, May 13, 2016. You don’t suppose these pretrial delays are on the same order as the twenty some pre-trial delays in the Sabrina Romero case, do ya? Nah, there couldn’t be any correlation. Just saying…

The works of Rod Serling in the Twilight Zone could not hold a candle to the machinations of the DA Zone here in Modesto. Let’s talk some more about Leonard and Heather. Under Stanislaus County court case number 1098487 both of these products of Modesto’s finest are charged with keeping a place to sell narcotics and controlled substances and, get ready, WILLFUL cruelty to a child. Just by coincidence, old Leonard’s charges were dismissed 2015. Now I know those dismissals would have nothing to do with any statement that he gave to the District Attorney’s Office. :0)

But let’s get back to sweet Heather, she has had five pretrial delays on this case and her next hearing date is May 13, 2016. Now we don’t know what happened or why Miss Heather didn’t take the bait but for now she still has her feet stuck in the muck. Don’t know what kind of buffoonery is going on here but a reasonably intelligent person would know that there’s something rotten in Modesto, whoops, Freudian slip, I meant Denmark. Just saying…

Then Mr. Martinez brought up the fact that after Robert Woody appeared in Judge Cordova’s court, Messieurs Bunch, Lingerfeld and Jacobson personally escorted Woody to the District Attorney’s Office or he was afforded a private visit from his mother who was in court. But Mme. district attorney stated that even though Woody’s mother is on the witness list and expected to be called to the stand this week, she didn’t do anything wrong or illegal. I will leave that one up to the defense attorneys to determine. It reminds me of something Judge Judy said, deals made with criminals are like unexpected company, they both begin to stink after three days. Go Judge Judy.

The final beast that is reared its ugly head has been discussed among the gallery. It is the contention of those people that want to know, there should be a complete accounting of all of the mini-vacations that the Dist. Atty. investigators went on to Hawaii, New York and every other place they traveled to.

Questions: what class did they fly on the airlines? Were their accommodations at the Hilton or a Super 8? What was the daily stipend they were given to eat with? It was reported that when they traveled to Hawaii to interview Walter Wells sister, the interview only lasted two hours. How long did they stay in Hawaii after the two-hour interview? If longer than the next day, why? The interview was prearranged and they knew it would not take very long so inquiring minds want to know how long they stayed after the interview and why.

The same goes for their jaunt to New York City. How long did the the interview take, how many days did they stay there and if they didn’t leave the next day, why? I’m sure the taxpayers would like to know why they are funding these mini- vacations. This may be part of the reason why this persecution has cost in the millions of dollars. The prosecution and I might add that County Supervisor DeMartini has said that the district attorney cannot win this case.

When Mme. district attorney went into Judge Zeff’s court to advise that this preliminary hearing was lasting longer than she thought it would and told Judge Zeff that at that moment there appeared to be a “dark cloud “over the Kauffman case. Judge Zeff quickly responded “At the moment or from the very beginning?” It appears that County Supervisor De Martini, Judge Zeff and many other county residents feel that there is something ominous looming on the horizon for this case. Maybe some of the powers that be to take heed of what influential citizens and regular citizens feel regarding this case. Just saying…