A high-profile, emotionally charged murder case is about to enter the sentencing phase, where a young manâ€™s future will be decided for his alleged role in the death of a relative.
After a month-long trial, Bishop resident Edward Keller, Jr. was found guilty of second-degree murder by an Inyo County jury on Friday.
Keller was charged with killing his 29-year-old cousin, James Eugene Williams, at a party on Thanksgiving Day 2009. Attorney Thomas Hardy acted as Kellerâ€™s public defender and Joel Samuels prosecuted the case for the District Attorneyâ€™s Office.
Mary Roper may have retired from public service in January, but her presence will be felt in the county seat for decades to come, thanks to the planting of a tree in her honor last week.
Former colleagues and friends gathered on the lawn of the historic Inyo County Courthouse Friday to plant a young Colorado Spruce in recognition of the retired county clerk-recorderâ€™s many years of service to Inyo and its citizens.
County officials are working to positively identify three different sets of human remains found in remote areas of southeast Inyo County over the past five months.
Assistant Coroner Jeff Mullenhour has been collaborating with local and out-of-the area forensics experts to match DNA and dental records of the remains to missing persons reports.
Mullenhour is investigating a set of bones located in the Anvil Springs Canyon area, believed to belong to one of four missing German tourists who disappeared in Death Valley in 1996.