Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Two men convicted in 2016 gang shooting

Two gang members were convicted Monday for a 2016 shooting that killed one man and wounded two women.

A jury found 26-year-old Quaid Cornell and 22-year-old Andre Haynes, both of San Bernardino, guilty of First Degree Murder, two counts of First Degree Attempted Murder, and found true gang and gun allegations.

On August 27, 2016, the two defendants and another subject approached a San Bernardino apartment complex to carry out a retaliation shooting against a rival gang.

No members of the rival gang were at the apartment complex. Instead, Dawn Sutton, her fiancée Harold Cook and their neighbor Ellen Wimbish were sitting in the parking lot in front of the apartment complex talking.

According to Deputy District Attorney Reza Daghbandan, who prosecuted the case, the defendants and a third member of their gang shot a combined 31 rounds at the victims.

“Dawn Sutton was hit once in the thigh with the bullet travelling up her leg and into her pelvis nearly killing her,” said DDA Daghbandan. “Harold Cook, who was disabled and needed a cane to walk, was shot in the back of the neck and killed almost instantly, and Ellen Wimbish was shot twice in the leg.”

None of the victims had gang ties. Cornell and Haynes each face 114 years to life in state prison when sentenced Aug. 27.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Two defendants in 2000 cold case murder sentenced to state prison

Two defendants convicted in the shooting death of Timothy Morris have been sentenced to state prison.

John Cory Broyles, 41, of Illinois, was sentenced to 45 years to life, and Carmen Worthy, 40, of Texas, was sentenced to 25 years to life. On May 30, a jury found Broyles guilty of one count of first degree murder and found true a firearm allegation. The jury found Worthy guilty of first degree murder.

In March 2000, Timothy Morris’ body was found in Lytle Creek.

“He was shot once in the head, his body was burned and he had been stabbed multiple times,” said Deputy District Attorney Denise Yoakum, who prosecuted the case. “A bloody knife was located in the area where his body was found.”

Broyles was arrested soon after Timothy Morris’ death. However, he was let go due to a lack of evidence. In 2017, members of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Cold Case Unit reinvestigated the case and uncovered further evidence linking Broyles and Worthy to the murder.

According to DDA Yoakum, Worthey wanted her cousin Timothy Morris dead because she knew he was possibly coming into some money.

Prior to sentencing today, the victim’s niece, Shauraye Holloway gave the following impact statement. Holloway—who said she was “extremely close” to her uncle--was 14-years-old at the time when the murder took place.

Tim’s murder, at the hands of his own blood cousin is sickening. To think that your own family member would orchestrate something so heinous, to kill an innocent man for absolutely nothing should be punished to the full extent. My Uncle had his whole life ahead of him and it was snatched away in an instant. He suffered in that trunk and not one person sought out medical care. The burning, stabbing, and beating were completely evil and unnecessary. I break down in tears when I think about how he must have been fighting for his life that night. Ultimately to only lose the battle.

His killer attended the funeral as if nothing happened, even rode in the family limo, with Tim’s mother. There was never any remorse for what either defendant did, as they continued living their lives for 17 years, while we still were left with unanswered questions and a life without Tim’s presence.

This case was investigated by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Cold Case Unit, which consists of Sheriff’s Detectives, District Attorney Investigators and Prosecutors.