Three of the city's most-watched court cases, Kathia Maria Davis, Adam Hall and Dominic John Augustus Witter are moving forward, according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office.
Hockey Mom, Davis is now set for trial on July 9.
"If both of us are able to answer ready, then we will get sent to a trial court to do pre-trial motions, pick a jury and conduct the jury trial," said D. A. Jennifer Walker.
Davis, the 44-year-old hockey mom who was on suspicion of seducing two of her son's former teammates, was back in court on April 30 and her attorney requested a trial-setting conference on May 25.
Davis is charged with four felony counts of lewd acts on a child under 14, four felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse, four misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and a sentencing enhancement for substantial sexual conduct with a child, the D.A.'s office said.
“This means that if we are not able to resolve the case, we will move forward and set a trial date," said Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Walker. “I believe that we have enough evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that she is guilty as charged.”
Walker said Davis faces a minimum of three years in prison because of the substantial sexual conduct allegation.
“This case has brought more exposure to this type of conduct and hopefully parents will become more alert as to what can happen out there,” Walker said.
If convicted, Davis faces a maximum sentence of 16 years and eight months in prison. She is free on $100,000 bail.
According to prosecutors, in 2005 or early 2006, the Laguna Niguel mother allegedly plied one of her son's 13-year-old teammates with alcohol during a sleepover, then kissed and masturbated the boy after her son and daughter fell asleep on the floor nearby.
In 2010 and 2011, Davis allegedly had intercourse four times with another of her son's hockey friends, a 16-year-old boy. Alcohol was also involved in those encounters, prosecutors allege.
It is also alleged that Davis gave alcohol to or encouraged the consumption of alcohol and marijuana by minors in her home.
She was arrested in September, after the second boy told his mother about the alleged incident, authorities said.
On March 14, Walker filed formal charges and on March 19, Davis was arraigned and pleaded not guilty.
Dominic John Augustus Witter
As the case stands now, Witter was arraigned on the charges filed and a pre-trial is set for July 13, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 27.
Walker who is also the D.A. on the Witter case, said the high school teacher, 25, of Laguna Niguel, was charged on May 4, for texting nude pictures of himself to a 15-year-old female student and arranging to meet her for sex.
Witter was charged with one felony count of attempted contact with a child with intent to commit lewd acts with the minor, one felony count of meeting a minor with intent to engage in lewd conduct, and one misdemeanor count of arranging to meet a minor for lewd purposes. If convicted of all charges, Witter faces a maximum sentence of four years and eight months in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration.
Witter was out of custody on $100,000 bail and scheduled for continued arraignment on May 25 at 8:30 a.m.
At the time of the crime, Witter is accused of being a teacher at Crean Lutheran High School in Irvine. On April 4, Witter is accused of texting nude photos of himself to 15-year-old Jane Doe, a student at the school where he taught, and asking the victim to send back nude photos of herself.
On April 5, Witter is accused of texting Jane Doe again and arranging to meet her at a restaurant later that evening with the intent to take her to his house to have sex. The Orange County Sheriff's Department, who investigated this case, arrested Witter at the restaurant.
If convicted, Witter's lifetime sex offender registration would bar him from entering county recreational areas and city parks which have passed the Sex Offender Ordinance.
Hall's pretrial or trial was held on Friday, March 23. Hall plead not guilty on March 6. After months of postponments and a , a jury trial for Hall is now set for Sept. 4.
Hall, 27, of Placentia, was arrested on May 24, 2011 in connection with the death of community activist Mara Feb. 13 while trying to rescue a dog that had been running in traffic.
Orange County Sheriff's Department deputies arrested Hall in a phone booth at a Walgreens in Yorba Linda. He has been in jail ever since.
The good Samaritan's death made national news and earned a nod from which presented her husband, John, daughter Hannah and son Jonathan with a posthumous certificate in her name called The Compassionate Action Award.
Hall, who had two prior convictions for driving under the influence, has been charged with murder in the drug-induced crash, the Orange County District Attorney's office said. (After his second conviction, authorities warned Hall he could face a murder rap if he killed someone while driving under the influence.)
He was also charged with one felony count of driving under the influence causing bodily injury. If convicted, Hall faces a maximum 21 years to life in state prison.
On the , according to authorities, Hall had a virtual pharmacy of drugs coursing through his veins. Driving north on Moulton Parkway in a Ford sport utility vehicle, he allegedly sailed through a red light at Nueva Vista Drive and rammed a Toyota SUV passing legally through the intersection.