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Man accused in decades-old Desert Hot Springs murder of teen in front of family in custody

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Homicides in the past two years have gone up since 2014. But those numbers are still lower than the 30 homicides that occurred in 2011.
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A man accused of gunning down a Desert Hot Springs teen more than two decades ago was in custody Friday in a case recently reopened by Riverside County prosecutors.

Joseph Ray Messer, 41, is accused of shooting 17-year-old Jamie Brown in front of friends and family on July 27, 1996 after confronting a group of teens outside the boy’s home.

Messer was charged with the murder in 2014, but prosecutors dropped the charges after concluding the evidence wasn’t strong enough at the time to convict him.

District Attorney’s spokesman John

Read more at: http://www.desertsun.com/story/news/crime_courts/2017/11/17/man-accused-decades-old-desert-hot-springs-murder-teen-front-family-custody/876353001/

Desert Hot Springs cold case murder: Suspect accused in killing …

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Homicides in the past two years have gone up since 2014. But those numbers are still lower than the 30 homicides that occurred in 2011.
Daniel Simon/The Desert Sun

A man accused of gunning down a Desert Hot Springs teen more than two decades ago was in custody Friday in a case recently reopened by Riverside County prosecutors.

Joseph Ray Messer, 41, is accused of shooting 17-year-old Jamie Brown in front of friends and family on July 27, 1996 after confronting a group of teens outside the boy’s home.

Messer was charged with the murder in 2014, but prosecutors dropped the charges after concluding the evidence wasn’t strong enough at the time to convict him.

District Attorney’s spokesman John

Read more at: http://www.desertsun.com/story/news/crime_courts/2017/11/17/man-accused-decades-old-desert-hot-springs-murder-teen-front-family-custody/876353001/

Suspect in Palm Desert man’s cold case murder awaits trial

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A Northern California man is awaiting trial on charges of murdering another man’s romantic rival from Palm Desert, whose remains were identified more than two decades later through DNA, which was also used to link the accused killer-for-hire to the crime, the sheriff’s department announced Wednesday.

Russell Huber, 59, of Oroville, is charged with murder and a special circumstance allegation of lying in wait in the killing of 41-year-old Clyde Gregory Hayward,

Read more at: http://www.desertsun.com/story/news/crime_courts/2017/09/27/suspect-palm-desert-mans-cold-case-murder-awaits-trial/711327001/