Two men accused in separate Santa Clarita Valley felonies were in court Tuesday to schedule their cases.
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Arthur Lindsey, 73, of Acton, who was held to answer to charges he drugged and raped a woman, is due back in court. The trial against Lindsey has yet to start and is still in the pretrial phase.
Jeffrey Edmonds, 37, of Simi Valley, who stands accused of using a fake badge to steal weapons from a Santa Clarita Valley gun retailer, has not faced a preliminary hearing, yet. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 24, according to Ricardo Santiago of the District Attorney’s Office.
A judge determined there was enough evidence to add the charge to several that Lindsey is already facing at a Sept. 25 hearing.
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At a preliminary hearing, the evidence against the accused is presented and a judge decides whether it’s enough to warrant a trial.
Lindsey has a record of violent sex crimes, according to officials.
Lindsey was convicted of a rape-murder in Indiana in 1968.
“He’s a three-striker,” Hatami said, meaning he planned to seek a life sentence in the case because it was his third felony offense.
“(Lindsey) pleaded no contest to not being registered as a sex offender (on May 18, 2005),” said Jane Robison, of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. “He was sentenced to four years in state prison.”
Lindsey moved to Southern California in 1998, after he was released on parole for his murder sentence.
Lindsey’s most recent registered address was 10645 Soledad Canyon Road, Apartment A, in Acton, according to California’s Megan’s Law website.
Lindsey was deemed a “low-to-moderate risk,” according to a Feb. 1, 2011, scoring on the Megan’s Law website.
A report of stolen weapons in at the Valencia Commerce Center prompted an investigation by Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies, who claim they discovered an arsenal in Edmonds’ Simi Valley home.
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At Edmonds’ Royal Avenue home, deputies alleged they found numerous weapons, some of which were illegally modified, and some of which are illegal to own, according to Sheriff’s Station officials.
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies and detectives worked with the Sheriff’s Department’s Major Crimes Bureau’s Fugitive Task Force, which is comprised of members of the U.S Marshall’s Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force, in making the arrest, according to Deputy Josh Dubin of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.
Edmonds was arrested in September and has been free in lieu of $250,000 bail.
Edmonds was arrested on charges of grand theft, impersonating a peace officer and possession of illegal weapons, according to officials.
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Source: Santa Clarita News