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Old 09-02-2008, 07:48 PM
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Wow, this is pretty harsh ..... especially considering she can't defend herself and died after being shot in the back.

http://www.thecalifornian.com/apps/p...EWS01/80902021

Defense witnesses testified today that Elizabeth Grimes was dishonest and aggressive, and described the man who fatally shot her last year as an exemplary man.
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Dr. Gregory S. Tapson, a physician who practices in Carmel Valley, testified today that Elizabeth Grimes formerly worked for him as an office manager for a year.

“Over time, it became clear she was a very dishonest person,” Tapson said.

The prosecution and defense attorneys did not ask him to elaborate on that statement.
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Old 09-03-2008, 02:29 PM
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http://www.montereyherald.com/local/ci_10369378

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In a move that seemed to backfire on the defense, co-counsel Daniel Olmos called to the stand two of Kenney's fellow church members who gave different accounts of an incident in which Elizabeth Grimes interrupted a men's Bible study group.

One of the men, David Hughes, said the "neighbor from hell" was shouting, questioning Kenney's Christianity and had to be escorted from the building.

The second witness, Norman McBride, said she entered the room and apologized for the interruption. She asked for the groups' help in smoothing the problems with Kenney, he said, and left asking for their prayers.
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Old 09-10-2008, 11:37 AM
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Testimony ended yesterday.

Highlights included:

Nurse who testified that Kenney told her he didn't own a gun. (He did and lied)

Undersheriff testified she was present when Kenney asked the Sheriff if the Grimes had turned in their firearms as was required by both parties. (He's claiming now that it was just a paperwork mistake when he affirmed that he didn't own a gun and didn't know he was supposed it over to LE)

Prior property owner says that he had the property graded prior to the Grimes purchase (in '88) and that he used the area of contention as a parking spot. Kenney is claiming that the grading and parking issues are what kicked off his dispute with the Grimes.

Kenney misrepresented the timeline to his attorney which led the attorney to believe that it was still within 5 years to dispute prescriptive easement. If the attorney had known that it was long past 5 years, I'm sure he would have never recommended the boulder.

A pathologist refuted evidence presented that Elizabeth Grimes was in a crouched position when shot. Interesting he didn't dispute that she was shot in the back.

http://www.montereyherald.com/local/ci_10425965

I think that the prosecution did a really good job refuting the defense testimony. Basically Kenney's defense now boils down to his neighbors were SOBs and bullies, but I'm not sure that could be considered a defense to murder. It'll all hang on if the jury believes that Kenney was defending himself.
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Old 09-10-2008, 02:00 PM
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Kenney sounds like a plain old evil man. He still doesn't seem to have any remorse for murdering the Grimes. I'm sure they'll find him guilty of murder. He deserves prison time.
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Old 09-11-2008, 07:53 PM
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It's in the juror's hands now ... info on closing arguments here: http://www.montereyherald.com/ci_104...ce=most_viewed
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Old 09-11-2008, 09:15 PM
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He sounds crazy. I totally agree he should spend a very long time in jail but I also believe the neighbors provoked the situation.
I believe she huffed into the bible meeting and made a butt of herself because she was frustrated with the situation.
So many ways both sides could have dealt with this. Its crazy! Now 3 lives are ruined over nothing.
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Old 09-14-2008, 09:25 PM
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Raw audio of Elizabeth's 911 call: http://www.ksbw.com/video/17269907/index.html
OMG, that man shot 4 times and then shot a 5th time seconds later. That was deliberate. Dang.
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Old 09-17-2008, 02:57 PM
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I just heard, he was found guilty. I'll post details once I get them in case anyone's interested.
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Old 09-17-2008, 02:59 PM
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http://www.ksbw.com/news/17496204/detail.html

John Kenney was found guilty of the first-degree murder of Elizabeth Grimes and guilty of the second-degree murder of Mel Grimes.

Kenney was also found guilty of discharging a firearm causing death in both killings.

Judge Stephen Sillman said jurors had reached a unanimous decision for all charges shortly after 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.
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Kenney could face up to life in prison for both murder charges.

Sentencing was scheduled for Nov. 3.
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Old 11-04-2008, 07:06 AM
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http://www.thecalifornian.com/articl...EWS01/81103020

John Franklin Kenney was sentenced this morning to life in prison without the possibility of parole, two months after being convicted of murdering his next-door neighbors in Carmel Valley.

Kenney, 74, was found guilty by jurors in September of first-degree murder in Elizabeth Grimes’s death and second-degree murder in her husband Mel Grimes’s death outside their homes off Southbank Road. The conviction includes a gun enhancement, as he used a semi-automatic .45-caliber gun in the fatal shooting.

Kenney received life in prison without parole because he was convicted of multiple murders — one of them in the first degree. In Mel Grimes’s murder, Monterey County Superior Court Judge Stephen Sillman ordered a minimum of 65 years to life in prison.
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As he has done since his arrest, Kenney remained steadfast in declaring his innocence.

“I maintain the same position,” he said at his sentencing. “I’ve neither broken God’s sixth commandment nor (the laws) of the state of California.”
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Old 11-04-2008, 07:09 AM
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http://www.montereyherald.com/news/ci_10894176

Then he stood and proclaimed he was an "innocent man" who has "not broken God's Sixth Commandment," thou shalt not kill.

"The record is there," he said of testimony in his monthlong trial.

"The jury," responded Judge Stephen Sillman, "reached a very much different view of the facts of the case."
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Kenney's defense attorney, Thomas Nolan of Palo Alto, made no comments during the hearing, noting that the life sentence was mandated. He said he would file a notice of appeal on Kenney's behalf, but would not represent him during that appeal process.

Kenney has signed over his Carmel Valley home to Nolan, who has listed it for sale for more than $600,000. The attorney said he did not know how Kenney would pay the nearly $30,000 in fines and restitution that the judge ordered.

Prosecutor Berkley Brannon told Judge Sillman that Kenney's statements in court were evidence of the petroleum scientist's continued arrogance, his "unbridled self-righteousness" and his "desire for absolute control." His crimes, he said, "left a wake of destruction that is more significant than anything he's ever done in his life."
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A whole bunch of guests are logged in looking at this thread.

I wonder what's going on.
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John Kenney alleges errors in appealing conviction in Carmel Valley slayings
(originally from Feb 13, 2011)
http://www.montereyherald.com/ci_173...nclick_check=1
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