December 11, 2023

After a Vallejo decide’s disqualification, the double-murder case towards a 52-year-old Martinez man has been returned to Division 11 in Fairfield for a trial setting and reassignment within the coming weeks.

Richard Raymond Klein, 52, of Martinez, appeared in Division 11 of Solano County Superior Courtroom throughout a January continuing within the Justice Heart in Fairfield.(Reporter file picture/Joel Rosenbaum) 

Richard Raymond Klein, indicted in June by a Solano County grand jury on two counts of homicide, appeared in Division 15, Choose Robert Bowers’ courtroom within the Justice Constructing, on Nov. 6, Solano County Superior Courtroom data present.

Throughout the listening to, Bowers apparently thought of a Code of Civil Process movement, particularly Code part 170.6, the California legislation that claims a decide may be disqualified from presiding over a prison trial or civil lawsuit if the decide appears to be prejudiced towards one of many attorneys, the defendant or plaintiff.

Orders had been then made to switch the case to Division 11, the place a brand new trial setting and reassignment has been scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Dec. 5 within the Justice Heart in Fairfield.

Courtroom data additionally indicated that the case is now not a capital case; nonetheless, particular circumstances stay alleged.

Vallejo prison protection lawyer Dustin M. Gordon represents Klein. Martinez-based lawyer Jon Christopher Weir additionally was on the protection desk. Deputy District Lawyer Bruce Shapiro appeared for the folks.

With the indictment, handed down June 30 after 4 days of testimony, the Solano County District Lawyer’s Workplace was in a position to mix the 2 homicide circumstances into one pending trial.

The indictment, which primarily changed the preliminary listening to course of, contains the 2 homicide counts and two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, committing homicide whereas launched on his personal recognizance and a particular circumstance for committing a number of murders.

The indictment displays allegations within the two beforehand filed prison complaints, that Klein allegedly dedicated homicide on April 21, 2022, at a gathering on Manzanita Avenue in Fairfield, then allegedly once more, on Dec 15, whereas out of custody on the preliminary homicide fees, committing a deadly taking pictures in Suisun Metropolis.

Within the Fairfield case, Klein was initially charged with an enhancement for personally discharging a firearm on the time, resulting in the demise of Anthony Fuimaono, 56.

Klein was scheduled for a preliminary listening to within the case on Oct. 28, and was held to reply as charged. Some two weeks later and held with out bail in Solano County Jail, he was formally arraigned. Nevertheless, throughout the continuing, Gordon requested Bowers to launch his consumer and scale back bail, arguing two constitutional amendments, together with the Eighth (extreme bail).

Throughout these proceedings, Chief Deputy District Lawyer Bruce Flynn objected to Klein’s launch and the bail discount, citing a variety of causes: The danger to public security, the danger to the security of the sufferer’s household, the seriousness of the cost, Klein’s prison historical past, his prior jail commitments, and that Klein was beforehand a validated member of the Nazi Low Riders, a White supremacist jail and prison avenue gang with origins within the California Youth Authority. Nevertheless, Bowers launched Klein on a pretrial providers contract.

Then, whereas Klein was out of custody, the Suisun Metropolis Police Division on Dec. 15  responded to a shots-fired name within the space of Potrero Circle. When officers arrived, they discovered a person on the bottom in entrance of 1244 Potrero Circle, affected by a gunshot wound. Regardless of life-saving measures by officers and paramedics, Matthew Muller, 37, died.

The Suisun Metropolis Police Division investigated the taking pictures with the assistance of the Solano County Main Crimes Job Pressure. The Solano County District Lawyer’s Workplace filed a prison grievance towards Klein on Dec. 23 for the second killing, requesting a no-bail arrest warrant.

After the second taking pictures, investigators had been in a position to establish Klein because the suspect and find him. He was taken into custody in Rosarito, Mexico, by U.S. Marshals and Mexican authorities some days after Dec. 15 and returned to america. He was arrested Jan. 13 on the San Diego County Sheriff’s Workplace.