Among the many cases that will move through the court in the new year, the one involving Jon David Guerrero, who is accused of killing four people in 2016 — all but one of whom were homeless men — is at the top of my list of cases to watch.
Guerrero, who has pleaded not guilty to charges including murder, attempted murder, arson and assault, was sent to a state hospital in July, after questions were raised for at least the second time about his ability to stand trial.
So, for now, his criminal case remains suspended until doctors determine that he is mentally competent.
Aside from Guerrero’s case, there are several others to look for in 2018. Here are just a just of few of them:
Head-on collision that killed two UCSD medical students
A Jan. 3 trial is scheduled in San Diego Superior Court for Jason Riley King, a Marine accused of drunken driving and causing a wrong-way crash that killed two UC San Diego medical students in May 2015.
The collision happened on state Route 163 north of Interstate 8, when a pickup hit a Toyota Prius, killing Madison Elizabeth Cornwell, 23, from Mission Viejo, and Anne Li Baldock, 24, of La Jolla and injuring three other people.
King, 24, is charged with vehicular manslaughter and felony DUI.
The disappearance of Jahi Turner
A Superior Court trial is scheduled for Jan. 25, for Tieray Jones, 39, who is charged in the 2002 disappearance of his stepson Jahi Turner.
Jahi was just 2 years old when Jones reported him missing in San Diego. Jones told authorities he walked away from the boy at a playground in Golden Hill to get him a drink from a vending machine. When he returned, Jahi was gone.
The child’s body was never found.
Chicano Park fatal DUI case
Trial is scheduled for May 3 in downtown San Diego for Richard Sepolio, who is accused of driving drunk and plunging off the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, killing four people.
Sepolio, an aviation technician stationed at Naval…