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- 12/16/14--19:25: Case of Bryan Oliver: Jury Choices
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- 12/17/14--15:01: Attorney releases statement on Bryan Oliver case
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- 12/18/14--11:48: KHSD meeting tonight to discuss funding
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- 12/18/14--12:16: TUHS meets to discuss superintendent's employment
- 12/18/14--14:10: Taft city school board accepts superintendent's resignation
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The first count is for shooting Bowe Cleveland and the other count for shooting at another student Jacob Nichols, who was not injured.
The prosecution had the burden of proving Bryan Oliver guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and apparently didn't convince all the jurors.
To convict Bryan Oliver of attempted murder, the prosecution had to prove Oliver took at least one ineffective step toward killing someone and had the intent to kill him.
The jury also had the option to convict Oliver of a lesser count of attempted voluntary manslaughter of Cleveland. That's because Judge John Lua determined there was substantial evidence the shooting of Cleveland could be considered a crime of passion, because it is possible Cleveland bullied Oliver shortly before the shooting.The difference in this lesser count is the finding that Oliver was provoked and that provocation may have led to a crime of passion. Criminal Defense Attorney Kyle Humphrey said, "It is a passionate, heat of the moment, sudden quarrel type behavior. You intend to kill, but you're enraged or berserk you don't even think about the consequences or weight at all." Humphrey said the maximum sentence for attempted murder is life in prison with the possibility of parole and attempted voluntary manslaughter carries a penalty of 18 months to five-and-a-half years in prison.
Oliver has been in custody and already served almost 2 years. Judge John Lua ordered he stay in custody at least until the new trial.
After four full days of deliberations, jurors told the judge no matter how much information they received, it wouldn't help.
Judge John Lua declared a mistrial.
Family members of both Oliver and Bowe Cleveland were in court as they judge declared a mistrial Tuesday afternoon.
Oliver's mom hugged supporters and cried, while Cleveland's family remained emotionless to the news.
A gag order is still in place, so we can't speak with family, witnesses, attorneys-- anyone still tied to the case.
But we could speak to jurors, once they were released. 61-year-old Al Miller said he doesn't believe Oliver is a killer.
Al Miller said, "you don't take matters into your own hands, but I'll tell you who I think the perpetrator of this is.. the whole ordeal... is the Taft school. They didn't step up and do a lot more. This boy was crying out for help, and I don't think they really gave it to him."
Juror number two, the foreman, would not tell us his name but he said the jury voted six times. During those votes, jurors said they were no where near a unanimous decision.
There was no question Oliver shot classmate Bowe Cleveland in the chest with a 12 gauge shotgun. Oliver admitted he pulled the trigger, jurors had to decide why.
Oliver testified that he was gay and he was relentlessly bullied about his sexual orientation.
He said he blacked out before and during the shooting on that Thursday, January 10, 2013.
On that day authorities say, then, 16 year old Bryan Oliver, came to school with a 12 gauge shotgun and a pocket full of more than two dozen shells, and took to the stairs to first period science class.
Teacher Ryan Heber and campus supervisor Kim Fields talked Oliver into putting the gun down to surrender.
And almost two years later some residents of Taft say they don't see Oliver as a criminal. Instead, like one of the jurors, they question why he didn't receive help from the school district.
One resident still uses this case as an example for her own children. Starla Lopez has two sons that attend Taft Union High School.
She said, "I tell them 'you know, if somebody's picking on you, you're going to have to stand up for yourself now. You can't depend on somebody else, the school district or the teachers. The only way they'll get out of it is if they just confront the person that's harassing them."
Another trial is scheduled to begin January 26.
Oliver is accused of shooting Bowe Cleveland at Taft Union High School in January 2013. Rodriguez represents Bowe Cleveland in a civil case against the Taft Union High School District. Oliver's criminal trial is set to resume in January 2015.
Media statement from Attorney Daniel Rodriguez.
Trials are hard on everyone.
They’re hard on the jurors.
They’re hard on the witnesses.
But, most of all, they’re hard on the victims.
And, this trial was especially hard on the victim.
A victim that needed protection and love.
But, instead what the victim was given was rejection.
Instead, he was made out to be a bully.
And, some people even went so far as to make him the villain in the case.
And, despite what the criminal defense lawyer may have claimed.
When we drilled down; when we took a hard look at the evidence, this is what we got:
Straight from the horse’s mouth, straight from Bryan Oliver’s mouth:
He said that Bowe Cleveland “annoyed” him.
So, let me ask this:
Does that excuse Bryan Oliver from taking a 12 gauge shotgun and blasting Bowe Cleveland in the chest at almost point blank range?
That’s why the Cleveland family feels so disappointed.
It’s hard for them to feel that any kind of real justice was done in this case.
Hall ambulance and County Fire are also on scene.
No injuries have been reported.
Bryant's future with the district had been uncertain, after he was sentenced for two DUIs. He pleaded no contest to the DUIs on August 27 and November 15, these were Bryant's second and third DUIs within 14 months.
He is currently on unpaid leave from the district.
After removing his pay at the last meeting, the board decided to hear from Bryant, and meet again to determine his future with the district.
DATE:December 18, 2014
FROM:Les Clark, President
Taft City School District Board of Education
The Board of Trustees took action today to accept the resignation of Superintendent Ron Bryant, effective January 31, 2015. We will continue to move forward to ensure continued educational progress for our students. Julie Graves will continue in the capacity of Acting Superintendent while the District considers next steps.
Police believe the suspect removed a bicycle that was secured to the rear bumper bicycle rack. The victim, who is from out of town and had pulled over to sleep, was inside the vehicle at the time of the theft.
The victim heard the suspect and ran after him as he rode away on the bicycle. Police describe the man as White, in his early 20’s, 5’8 – 5’10, medium build, black baseball cap, tan hooded sweatshirt with horizontal stripes, dark jeans, and dark shoes.
If you have information regarding this case, call the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111 or Detective Luera at (661) 326-3947.