Court Roundup


More charges coming for atty. who disappeared

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) -- Prosecutors plan to file more charges against a Breckenridge lawyer accused of stealing up to $1 million from his clients and then fleeing.

Royal "Scoop" Daniel appeared in court in Breckenridge on Thursday to be advised of the charges he already faces.

KUSA-TV reported that District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said that more victims have come forward since Daniel was arrested last week as he tried to cross into California from Mexico. He said more charges would be filed but he didn't say how many more people had come forward or how much more money was at issue.

Daniel was widely regarded as a humanitarian when he disappeared in April 2007. Less than two weeks later, police obtained a warrant for his arrest after clients told investigators he owed them money.


Records show link between slaying suspect, victim

DAMASCUS, Ore. (AP) -- A man arrested in a Clackamas County slaying is married to the former wife of the victim, court records show.

Jonathan David Waldorf, 34, was divorced from Stevanie Pico in 2007, and they were involved in a custody dispute earlier this year, The Oregonian reported.

Pico's husband, 29-year-old Marcos Andres Pico, was to be arraigned Thursday on a murder charge in Waldorf's death. Pico is being held without bail.

Waldorf was found late Tuesday dying in the driveway of his rented home in Damascus.

Neighbors Jeff and Anna Bateman were awakened by a girl screaming that her step-father had been attacked. They raced outside, called 911 and stayed with him until officers and paramedics arrived. But Waldorf died soon afterward.

Investigators haven't said what they think was the motive for the killing or released many details of the investigation.

Deputies searched the place where Marcos Pico was staying and gathered evidence that provided cause to arrest him late Wednesday afternoon.

Neighbors said Waldorf and his fiancee had a blended family of seven children and moved into the five-bedroom, 3 1/2-bath home in May. It's in a neighborhood of big houses and broad lots. Neighbors said the family members were friendly but generally kept to themselves.

Published: Fri, Dec 16, 2011