Richmond Police Outraged At Hinton Verdict
July 16, 2008
[Excerpts] VALLEJO, Calif. -- A Vallejo man on trial for the shooting death of an off-duty Richmond police officer was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter Tuesday after being acquitted of the more serious charge of murder, a verdict that has upset the victim's colleagues on the force. Quartus Hinton, 29, was charged with the murder of Kaliah Harper, 28, outside a Fairfield memorial service on Nov. 24, 2006. The jury also found him guilty of personal use of a firearm, according to Gerry Smith, the judicial assistant for Judge Allan Carter. The jury deliberated more than three days... Everyone at police headquarters in Richmond knew this was a possibility, but no one thought it would really happen. After all, the suspect had confessed to the killing and even admitted to it on the witness stand in court. Many of officer Harper's colleagues are disappointed and they say they're not the only ones unhappy with the verdict... Hinton is now looking at anything from probation to a maximum sentence of 38 years in prison for the manslaughter conviction. Sgt. Peixoto doesn't believe that's nearly enough. "I'd like him to get 75-to-life for the first degree murder, because that's what he was looking at, and that's what he deserves," said the police sergeant. [Full article here]
- [CA] Richmond Police Officer
Harper has been murdered by ex-boyfriend - ...Hinton's former wife, who annulled their marriage in 2002, said she learned about the killing Monday. She has not been in touch with the suspect and declined to talk about him. "I don't want to discuss him," Kalanah Clark said. "He's been out of my life for years now"...
- [CA] Trial date set for dv-killing of Officer Kaliah Harper - ...Hinton was arrested later in Vallejo, apparently after having tried to bluff police officers into shooting him during a confrontation near the Vallejo Marina...
- [CA] Ex boyfriend on trial for murder of Officer Kaliah Harper - Attorneys made opening statements Tuesday in the trial of a man charged with the 2006 gunshot slaying of an off-duty Richmond police officer...
- [CA] Awaiting the verdict for dv murder of Officer Kaliah Harper -