Man’s conviction upheld for deadly crash in Palmdale

Palmdale Accident

Jeffrey Cole Brooks is arrested after the Sept. 26, 2014 crash. Contributed image of victim Daniel Eduardo Orellana.  Main: The two vehicles after the early morning crash at Avenue S and Sierra Highway in Palmdale.

LOS ANGELES – A state appeals court panel Tuesday upheld the conviction of a Lancaster resident who was on probation for alcohol-related reckless driving at the time of a DUI crash in Palmdale that killed a motorist who was stopped at a red light.

The three-justice panel from California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal rejected the defense’s contention that the jury which heard the case against Jeffrey Cole Brooks should not have seen two photographs of the 21-year-old victim, Daniel Eduardo Orellana, at the crash scene and during an autopsy in light of videos it was shown of the crash scene and the victim’s vehicle in flames.

In a 19-page ruling, the appellate court justices found that the photographs were “unpleasant but not unduly gruesome for a murder case of this kind.”

“Further, the evidence of defendant’s extreme intoxication, his acknowledgment he was drunk and should not have been driving, his prior conviction for alcohol-related reckless driving, his court-ordered education, his friend’s warning and attempt to prevent him from driving, and the severity of the fatal collision forcefully established his guilt. There is no chance the two photographs at issue inflamed the jury and swayed it to convict,” the panel ruled.

The justices also turned down the defense’s claim that jurors should have heard about Brooks’ statement to a sheriff’s deputy about 25 minutes after arriving at a hospital that he “didn’t remember what he was doing” and that he “intended to make a phone call” to his mother, noting again that there was “no chance” of a more favorable verdict if jurors had heard that evidence.

Brooks is serving a 15-year-to-life term in connection with the Sept. 26, 2014, crash, for which he was convicted of second-degree murder.

Orellana’s vehicle was stopped at a red light at Avenue S and Sierra Highway while he was on his way home from work.

The impact of the crash caused Orellana’s car to burst into flames and spin across the intersection, according to Deputy District Attorney Daniel Rochmes.

Brooks — who had taken a “party bus” to Los Angeles — had been warned by a friend that he was too drunk to drive, but got into the driver’s seat of his 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and left the Park and Ride lot on Avenue S in Palmdale, Rochmes said after the verdict.

Authorities determined that he was driving no less than 88.9 miles per hour with a blood-alcohol level of at least 0.27 percent.

Brooks was on probation in San Diego County for alcohol-related reckless driving at the time of the crash and had attended court-ordered DUI education classes that warned about the dangers of driving under the influence, Rochmes said.

Palmdale Woman convicted Tuesday of second-degree murder and child abuse

Palmdale Woman Charged with Murder

LANCASTER – A Palmdale woman was convicted Tuesday of second-degree murder and child abuse stemming from her son’s beating death at the hands of her live-in boyfriend, who was previously found guilty of killing the toddler.

Rosie Lee Wilson’s boyfriend, Brandon Jerel Williams, 27, was convicted last Friday of first-degree murder, torture and assault in the Oct. 5, 2014, death of her son, Anthony.

Victim Anthony Lee Wilson died at Children’s Hospital on Oct. 5, 2014, a week after his second birthday.

The toddler was beaten by Williams in July 2014 while Wilson was at a karaoke bar, and she failed to seek medical care or report what had happened, according to Deputy District Attorney Jon Hatami.

The toddler was beaten again the following month by Williams in an attack witnessed by Wilson’s 3 1/2-year-old daughter while Wilson was at a karaoke bar again in August 2014, the prosecutor said.

The couple took the boy to the hospital about 12:30 p.m. the following day, and claimed that he had been injured in a fall, the prosecutor said.

A nurse testified that the boy had caked-on make-up and baby powder all over him, with nurses noticing bruising when it was taken off, Hatami said.

Two doctors testified that the boy would have had a good chance of surviving his injuries if he had been taken to the hospital right away, according to the prosecutor.

The toddler remained hospitalized in critical condition for 41 days before he died.

Wilson, now 23, is facing at least 15 years to life in state prison in connection with her son’s death, while Williams is facing 32 years to life in state prison.

The two are due back in a Lancaster courtroom for sentencing July 21.

Antelope Valley & Southern California Church Directory


If you are in the local area and in need of a church home.


Living Water Worship Center
 1034 West Ave. L-12, Suite 105
Lancaster, CA. 93534

Worship Service:  8:00 AM
Bible Study: Tuesday 7:00 PM

Pastor Dwayne Jones


The Lord House of Refuge
456 East Avenue K-4 Suite 1
Lancaster CA 93535

Worship Service: 10:30 A.M.
Bible Study: Wednesday 7:00 PM

Pastor Tina Johnson


Galilee Baptist Church
542 East Avenue G
Lancaster CA 93535

Sunday School: 9:30 A.M.
Worship Service:  11:00 A.M.

Pastor BillyZone


Wayside Christian Center
44219 10th Street West
Lancaster CA 93534

Worship Service: 11:00 A.M.
Tues. Bible Study: 7:00 P.M.

 Dr. John Ward, Senior Pastor  


Temple Ministries  
43913 15th Street West
Lancaster CA 93534

Sunday School 9:00 A.M.
Sunday Worship 10:00 A.M.
Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 P.M.

George McIntyre, Pastor  

Agape Community Church
1722 East Lancaster Blvd.
Lancaster CA 93535

Sunday Service:  8:00 A.M. & 11:00 A.M.
Sunday School:  9:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.
Bible Study: Wednesday 7:00 P.M.

Bishop George Todd, Senior Pastor


Universal Church of God in Action
511 West Avenue H-8
Lancaster CA 93534

Sunday School:  10:00 A.M.
Morning Worship:  11:30 A.M.
Bible Study:  6:00 P.M. Wednesday
Women In Action:  12:00 P.M. Thursday
Youth Bible Study:  6:00 P.M. Friday
Saturday Prayer:  8:00 A.M.  Saturday

Robert L. Jones, Jr.  Senior Pastor

Bible Way Deliverance Ministry
205 Nugent Street
Lancaster CA 93534

Sunday School: 10:00 A.M.
Sunday Morning Service: 11:00 A.M.
Bible Study:  Wednesday: 6:30 P.M.
Women Ministry (WORCC): 3rd Saturday:  10:30 A.M.
Young Men’s Ministry: 1st Saturday:  10:30 A.M.

Pastor LeNeil & Pastor Venus Davis

LeNiel & Venus


St. John Holy Trinity A.M.E
9543 East Avenue Q-10
Littlerock CA 93550

Sunday School:  9:30 A.M.
Worship Service:  11:00 A.M.
Bible study Wednesday :  6:00 P.M.

Melanie Mays, Senior Pastor



True Vine Gospel Church
859 East Avenue Q
Palmdale CA 93550

Sunday School:  9:30-10:30 A.M.
Sunday Worship:  11:00 A.M.
Bible Study:  7:00-8:30 P.M. Wednesday


 Al January, Pastor/Teacher 

Los Angeles

Do Right Christian Church
9815 S. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles CA.  90044

Sunday School: 7:40 A.M.
Worship Service: 8:30 A.M.
Bible Study: Thursday 7:00 P.M.

Lonnie McNamee, Senior Pastor


Temple of Believers Community Church
11721 Avalon Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90061

Service Times
Sunday School:  9:30 AM
Morning Worship:  11:00 AM
Pastor Wilburn Liddell                 



World Wide Pastor Fellowship


World Wide Pastor’s Fellowship:  Established for over 17 years with a proven track record of success.  Our founder is Pastor  Lonnie McNamee. World Wide Pastor’s Fellowship is an organization that allows Pastors to fellowship to discuss the state of affairs in the universal church.

The organization meets four times a year (Quarterly).  Members of the organization varies from different denominations and churches.

World Wide Fellowship goal is to keep Pastors in the pulpit.  If there is ever a need for the Gospel to be Preach it is definitely now.

How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? Romans 10: 14.

If you are currently a pastor and want to become a part of World Wide Pastor’s Fellowship.  Please call 323-353-3529 for more information.

We cordially invite you to come and celebrate our Men on Father’s Day

St John Holy Trinity Fathers Day

Be Strong                                                                                                                      Fight Bravely

June 18th, 2017 at 11:00 A.M.
Pastor Danny Duplechan
World Faith Vision Church

“Be Strong, and let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God.  The Lord will do what is good in his sight.”  2 Samuel 10: 12

Pastor Melanie J. Mayes
St. John Holy Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Church
9543 East Avenue Q10
Littlerock, CA 93543


Pencilman: Paint N Snip

Pencilman Paint & Snip

Sol Plaza proudly presents an EXCLUSIVE Art Expose and Meet & Greet session with the artist Clarence “Pencilman” Pointer.

We invite you and your family to witness his unique art and purchase his work which will be showcased at Sol Plaza between 2 PM to 7 PM. It is a FREE event with a golden opportunity to meet the man himself.

The fun doesn’t end here, we will also have “Paint, Drink & Dine with your Family & Friends”, from 5 PM to 7 PM.

Paint a masterpiece while you sip on a drink and have fun!

Customers can make reservations by contacting Claudia at (323)786-3836 or at

Sol Plaza’s shops -Add-Vintage Styles, Naturally Ebony and House of Masego will be providing FREE samples and Exclusive discounts to the attendees.

Don’t forget to come on Jun 10 from 2 PM to 7 PM only at Sol Plaza Boutique Mall

Location: 1140 Commerce Center Dr, Lancaster, CA 93534

The Lord’s House of Refuge; 2017 Revolutionary Revival

Tina Thornton Revival

Come and Get Revived Again By The Word of God.

Pastor Rob Enos-Friday, June 2, 2017 @ 7:00 P.M.

Pastor Shanthra Sparks-Sunday, June 4, 2017 @ 4:00 P.M.

Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.

The Lord’s House of Refuge 2017 Revolutionary Revival.  456 East K-4, Suite 1 Lancaster, CA 93535.  For more information Please Contact:  Pastor Tina Thornton 661-949-7121