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GROUP HOMICIDE: Prominent Attorney, Wife Daughter, Two Liquor Store Owners AND Three California Cops All Arrested For Murdering Theif

August 15, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
GROUP HOMICIDE: Prominent Attorney, Wife Daughter, Two Liquor Store Owners AND Three California Cops All Arrested For Murdering Theif

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A prominent criminal defense attorney who once ran for public office and three cops are among nine people who have been arrested in connection with the murder of a scrap metal thief.

Frank Carson, 60, and his wife Georgia Defilippo, 63, were arrested in connection with the death of Korey Kauffman who disappeared in Modesto, California, three years ago.

The 26-year-old’s body was discovered in August 2013 in rural Mariposa County near Yosemite National Park.

Carson, who entered the district attorney’s race in the area last November, has been charged with first degree murder and is accused of orchestrating the killing and enlisting the help of two brothers who own a liquor store.

His daughter Christina Defilippo, 36, also been accused of conspiracy and being an accessory to his death.

California Highway Patrolman Walter Wells has also been charged with murder while colleagues Scott McFarlane and Eduardo Quintanar have been accused of obstructing the investigation.

Two liquor store owners Baljit Athwal and Daljit Atwal are also facing murder raps.

Kauffman disappeared on March 29, 2012 after he he and friend Michael Cooley discussed sneaking onto Carson’s property to steal irrigation equipment.

Cooley had a long-running dispute with Carson. Even police have had to deal with their past confrontations, according to reports seen by the Turlock Journal.

After seeing people at the house, Cooley backed out of the heist at the last minute, but Kauffman went through with the plan.

That was the last time Kauffman was seen. He made his living selling scrap metal, that was sometimes stolen.

His father Tony didn’t approve of his lifestyle but insisted he did not deserve to die.

He told the Modesto Bee: ‘The whole scrapper life, I didn’t approve of it.

‘You know how fathers are with their sons. We tend to be harder on them. But he chose his own path. He was a good kid with a good heart and he didn’t deserve what he got.’

Carson believed Kauffman and others were stealing valuable antiques from storage containers on his property and that he wanted to stop the thefts by sending a message, investigators said.

Carson’s attorney, Percy Martinez, said his client is innocent and his arrest was politically motivated.

Carson ran unsuccessfully for district attorney last year. He has been under investigation since Kauffman disappeared, Martinez said. Investigators searched Carson’s property in 2012.

Robert Lee Woody, also charged with murder, was arrested in 2014. He has been in custody since.

‘The entire department and I are appalled at the mere thought that one former and two current employees played any role in this incident,’ CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said.

Wells left the CHP several weeks ago, and the other two officers have been placed on administrative leave, Farrow said.

All of the suspects remained jailed Friday.

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