Brief Madera hearing held
Allegations of prosecutorial misconduct by a Madera County deputy district attorney temporarily brought a high profile murder case back from Modesto to Madera on Friday. It also brought an attorney from the California Attorney General’s Office.
The movement of the murder trial of Dustin Gran, accused of the 2008 killing of Krista-Rae Pike, to the Madera County Superior Court of Judge James Oakley came as the result of a stormy court session in Modesto on May 2.
On that date, Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Maria Silveria heard a motion by John Garvin, Gran’s attorney, to dismiss the murder charges against his client based upon prosecutorial misconduct by Deputy District Attorney Edmund Gil.
Silveria denied the motion for dismissal, but she ruled that prosecutorial misconduct had indeed occurred. However, she chose not to order a remedy for the misconduct at that time...