State v. Salvador Lopez was tried between April 23rd through April 29th, 2019. The prosecutor was Deputy Cole Chase with defense counsel being Angela Lee-Mandlin from Bend, Oregon.
The facts developed were that Mr. Lopez sexually abused his victims multiple times over a period of years. The jury returned guilty verdicts on all seven counts, to include: Sex Abuse in the First degree, five counts and two counts of Sodomy in the First Degree. A status check is set out a month as defense counsel has conflicting scheduled events. We anticipate the sentence to be a lengthy hearing. Mr. Lopez was remanded to custody with no bail. Lopez faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 300-months for each of the two Sodomy counts ad 75-months for each of the Sex Abuse counts, with the court to determine which sentences will be concurrent and which will run consecutively.
State v. Daniel Mull was tried on April 30th through May 2nd, 2019. The prosecutor was Deputy Cole Chase with defense counsel being Sammy Sanchez.
The facts were that on June 9, 2017, after a series of arguments with his girlfriend, Mr. Mull fired 5 shots towards her residence. At the time of the shooting there were four people inside the house. Two .45 caliber slugs were pulled from the wall of the garage. Officers later found that Mull had hidden a stolen 1911 style handgun, .45 caliber ammunition and latex gloves at the residence of his cousin.
After deliberation, a jury of Mr. Mull’s peers returned not guilty verdicts on the charges of Attempted Murder and Burglary in the First Degree. They returned guilty verdicts on two counts of Unlawful Use of a Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Theft I, Tampering with Physical Evidence, four counts of Recklessly Endangering, and a lesser included count of Burglary II.
Mr. Mull’s sentencing is set for May 14th at 10 a.m.
We want to extend our thanks to the jurors who provided their service to our county. We know the subject matter is often disturbing. We respect their donation of time and their considered decisions.
Klamath County District Attorney