D.A.: No Death Penalty for Jacobo Ruelas

Now he is referred to as “A Soledad Father?” The sooner he becomes a “Soledad Prisoner” the better..

Prosecutors announced this morning they are no longer seeking the death penalty for Jacobo Ruelas, a Soledad father charged with the 1997 murder of Pacific Grove teenager Kristopher Olinger.

The brothers are charged with stabbing Olinger to death during a carjacking and robbery. The Monterey High School student’s body was found by a jogger near the Pacific Grove Recreation Trail the morning of Sept.. 19, 199

D.A.: No Death Penalty for Jacobo Ruelas

Acting Stupid Will Not Save Angel Ruelas

Being stupid may reduce his lifespan, though

A judge has ruled that a former Soledad man charged with the 1997 slaying of Monterey High School student Kristopher Olinger is competent to stand trial.

Judge Mark Hood ordered a mental evaluation for Angel Ruelas on May 4 after a bizarre verbal standoff over Ruelas’ efforts to represent himself in trial as a “sovereign citizen.”

Ruelas, who is in Salinas Valley State Prison on an unrelated carjacking conviction, somehow latched onto the theories and has had a series of nonsensical exchanges with Hood in recent months.

Acting Stupid Will Not Save Angel Ruelas

Ruelas Claims Evidence Missing

Grasping..

A Soledad man charged in the 1997 slaying of a Peninsula youth told a judge Thursday that his defense has been hampered by the release of evidence by the Pacific Grove Police Department.
(Angel) Ruelas objected Thursday that there was no remedy for him to pursue sanctions against the police department for his inability to have the car tested for his defense.

He alleged that the police department and FBI missed some “basic tire impressions” at the scene of the crime.

“What else did they miss?” he said.

Ruelas Claims Evidence Missing

Yet Another Judge Taking Olinger Murder Case

After a closed-door hearing, Presiding Judge Russell Scott named retired Judge Philip Sarkisian to hear the case.

Ruelas and his younger brother, Angel Ruelas, are charged with stabbing 17-year-old Olinger and dumping him near the Pacific Grove Recreation Trail, where he was found dead on Sept. 19, 1997.

Prosecutors cannot seek capital punishment for Angel Ruelas, who was 17 at the time of the killing. He faces life in prison without possibility of parole if convicted in a separate trial before Curtis in October.

Yet Another Judge Taking Olinger Murder Case