News Releases

June 25, 2020

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that an amended complaint was filed against Vu Cong Dao (DOB 03/04/83), of Palmdale, charging him with voluntary manslaughter for the October 25, 2018, killing of Michael Torres, of Oxnard.

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June 25, 2020

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten alerts the public to the following announcement regarding People v. Joseph James DeAngelo.
A joint press conference will be held immediately after the court hearing for People vs. Joseph James DeAngelo.

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June 25, 2020

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that no charges will be filed related to a protest and traffic incident that occurred in the afternoon on June 7, 2020.

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June 22, 2020

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Lenard Chester (DOB 04-22-61), of Oxnard, was found guilty by a jury of the first-degree murder of Leah Bullis, aged 81, with the special circumstances that the murder was committed while in the commission of rape and burglary.

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June 20, 2020

Today, the District Attorney’s Office learned that Craig Anderson, a District Attorney employee, was cited this afternoon by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office for misdemeanor vandalism related to his removal of a “Black Lives Matter” sign on May 31, 2020, while off duty in Westlake Village.

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June 19, 2020

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten alerts the public to the following announcement from the Sacramento County Superior Court.

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June 15, 2020

VENTURA, California – The prosecution of Joseph DeAngelo involves dozens of victims and crimes that were committed beginning more than four decades ago. It was not until the advent of Investigative Genetic Genealogy that we were able to successfully identify DeAngelo as the suspect in a series of rapes, burglaries and murders that spanned 11 counties over more than a decade.

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June 10, 2020

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Megan Elizabeth Zucaro (DOB 7/11/70), of Thousand Oaks, pled guilty to one felony count of diversion of construction funds. Zucaro was charged with one felony count of grand theft, one felony count of diversion of construction funds and one felony count of money laundering.

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May 15, 2020

VENTURA, California –District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Gabrielle Root (DOB 4/14/93), of Ventura, has been charged with one misdemeanor count of providing false information to a police officer in violation of Vehicle Code section 31.

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April 24, 2020

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today the filing of criminal charges against Neil L. Camenker (DOB 5/12/58), of Phoenix, Arizona.

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