Case # 13CF0463

Date: February 18, 2016


WHO: Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three

WHAT: Denied a petition for a writ of habeas corpus by defendant Lonnie Kocontes, challenging an order of the Superior Court of Orange County to allow the People to refile the murder case in Orange County. The Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three, found that the Orange County District Attorney (OCDA) had the right to refile the case. To read the most updated press release about this case, please visit our website at and select the Press Releases and Media Advisories tab underneath the Media Center pull-down menu to search for, “Inmate Awaiting Murder Trial Facing Additional Charges For Solicitation To Commit Murder And Bribing Witness.”

Assistant Head of Court Susan Price, formerly a Senior Deputy District Attorney in the Homicide Unit, is prosecuting this case. Deputy District Attorney Seton Hunt of the Appellate & Training Unit argued the OCDA’s position in this matter.

WHEN: Today, Feb. 18, 2016

WHERE: To read the court’s opinion, please visit our website and select, “The People v. Lonnie Kocontes Court of Appeal Denies Petition,” in Reports under the Reports pull-down menu.