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Court of Appeal Affirms Dismissal of Complaint

California v. Watkins Docket: G059966 (Fourth Appellate District), Opinion Date: May 16, 2022. Respondent Michael Watkins, Jr., and a codefendant were charged with second degree robbery and two counts of identity theft based on purchases they allegedly made at a Best Buy store in Los Angeles County. At Watkins’s preliminary hearing, the State presented evidence that the victims’ wallets had been stolen from parked cars in Orange County, and that later that day, two men had used the victims’ credit cards at a Best Buy in West Covina to purchase laptop computers; a detective had identified Watkins as one of those men based on a still shot taken from Best Buy’s surveillance video. A magistrate refused to hold Watkins to answer, finding there was insufficient evidence to establish that Watkins had taken the wallets from the vehicles or committed any other relevant act in Orange County that would support venue in Orange County Superior Court.

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