Littlerock Teen’s murder trial set
Psych evaluation possible for Liner
LANCASTER, Calif.—Lonnie Liner, the 16-year-old boy accused of fatally stabbing his 11-year-old cousin, Dahlia Lenaris, and critically wounding her 14-year-old sister in a Littlerock home, pleaded not guilty last Thursday at the Antelope Valley Superior Court. He has been charged with one count each of murder and attempted murder.
Lenaris, whose throat was slashed, was pronounced dead by paramedics sent to the home in the 10300 block of East Avenue R-14 about 7:45 a.m. Aug. 3.
If convicted, Liner could face a maximum of a two life sentences in prison. Bail is set for $2.04 million.
Detective Bill Marsh, one of two lead investigators in the case, said this particular murder is especially “unusual and tragic.”
“This is one of the worse (cases), meaning the family ties makes it one of the worst. We’re talking about cousins,” Marsh said. “All murders are terrible. I don’t like to place them on a hierarchy, but this was extremely difficult to understand in many ways. There is no logic behind it.”
According to Marsh, Liner was under the care of his maternal grandmother, at the time of the crime. His biological mother is deceased. A motive has not been released, pending further investigation and trial. The family commented early in the investigation that there were no signs Liner displayed that would indicate this sort of behavior was possible.
James Monahan, associate criminal justice professor at University of New Haven and clinical psychologist, says a number of factors may have contributed to Liner’s actions. He said that it is extremely rare that a child would murder another child, let alone a relative in this way.
“I put no faith into families who say, ‘Well, we didn’t see any signs of this coming.’ It’s extremely difficult to look objectively into your own family,” explained the Connecticut professor, adding that the teen needs to be evaluated by a mental health professional.
Monahan suggested the death of his mother may have factored into the equation, however, due to the lack of undisclosed information surrounding the case, only professional speculation can be made.
“The other thing is, I have no idea of what his diet is like. Oftentimes, kids who ingest too much sugar are prone to impulsive acts,” the professor explained.
Monahan also asserted that a possible factor could be that a family member sexually or physically abused Liner.
“I think of regardless of what happens in the future, this is going to devastate the family, certainly his own relatives,” he said. “I would probably suggest, when it comes to prison or if he is sent to a mental hospital, the other family members be afforded some sort of counseling to get through this emotionally.”
Det. Marsh said a psychological evaluation is possible, but that is up to the defense to carry out the action. Liner’s public defender, Rosario Corona, has not returned calls regarding the case.
City News Service contributed to this story.
LANCASTER, Calif. — Former Raiders defensive end Anthony Wayne Smith pleaded not guilty today to murder charges stemming from four killings nearly a decade apart.
On Oct. 12, Lancaster Superior Court Judge Lisa Chung found sufficient evidence to require the 45-year-old ex-pro football player to proceed to trial in connection with the Nov. 10, 1999, slayings of Kevin and Ricky Nettles, the June 25, 2001, killing of Dennis Henderson and the Oct. 7, 2008, death of Maurilio Ponce.
LANCASTER, Calif.—A 34-year-old man—charged along with two other people, including former Raiders defensive end Anthony Wayne Smith, in an October 2008 killing—was convicted today of first-degree murder.
The Lancaster Superior Court jury deliberated about two days before returning its verdict against Dewann Wesley White, who is facing 25 years to life in state prison, according to Deputy District Attorney Taly Peretz.
Anthony Wayne Smith, the former defensive end for the Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders who was already awaiting retrial for the 2008 murder of Maurilio Ponce, is back in the spotlight after being charged with three additional murders. Wednesday he entered a plea of not guilty on all charges.
LANCASTER, Calif.—Former Raiders defensive end Anthony Wayne Smith pleaded not guilty today to murder charges stemming from four killings nearly a decade apart.
The 45-year-old ex-pro football player is charged with murder and kidnapping to commit another crime—robbery—in the Nov. 10, 1999, slayings of Kevin and Ricky Nettles; the June 25, 2001, killing of Dennis Henderson; and the Oct. 7, 2008, killing of Maurilio Ponce.
PALMDALE, Calif.—Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies arrested 12 men suspected of staging or participating in dog fights and seized eight animals in a raid in the high desert, a lieutenant said today.
The arrests came in response to a tip that led deputies to a home in the 8900 block of Avenue T-12 in the Littlerock area near Palmdale on Saturday evening. Deputies raided the property about 7:30 p.m. “just as they were getting ready to weigh dogs,” Lt. Larry Gregg said. “It’s nice to (stop it) before they get to fighting.”