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T.R.G death penalty trial

Unread postby YearZero » December 18th, 2008, 9:39 pm

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The family of Reuel Dishon Hulbert was called to testify in the convicted murderer's death penalty case and painted a picture of a deeply dysfunctional family that struggled with abject poverty and a history of physical, sexual and mental abuse.

The disturbing and at times graphic testimony seemed to lay the groundwork for the defense to claim mitigating factors heavily contributed to Hulbert's violent criminal history.

Hulbert, a local gang member, is facing the possibility of death for the murders of three young men and the attempted murder of a fourth victim, who survived Hulbert's 2003-2004 shooting spree.

Hulbert was convicted last week of three counts of first-degree murder for the shooting deaths of Daniel Chantha, killed Dec. 19, 2003, Woodtee Bunthong, killed Dec. 31, 2003, and Sakorn Phan, killed Jan. 1, 2004.

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Unread postby MiChuhSuh » December 21st, 2008, 10:34 pm

The full story is a lot more telling:

Killer's family tells of abuse
By Tracy Manzer, Staff Writer
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LONG BEACH - Molestation, incest, frequent beatings and absentee parents were all a part of a local murderer's childhood, a jury learned Wednesday.

The family of Reuel Dishon Hulbert was called to testify in the convicted murderer's death penalty case and painted a picture of a deeply dysfunctional family that struggled with abject poverty and a history of physical, sexual and mental abuse.

The disturbing and at times graphic testimony seemed to lay the groundwork for the defense to claim mitigating factors heavily contributed to Hulbert's violent criminal history.

Hulbert, a local gang member, is facing the possibility of death for the murders of three young men and the attempted murder of a fourth victim, who survived Hulbert's 2003-2004 shooting spree.

Hulbert was convicted last week of three counts of first-degree murder for the shooting deaths of Daniel Chantha, killed Dec. 19, 2003, Woodtee Bunthong, killed Dec. 31, 2003, and Sakorn Phan, killed Jan. 1, 2004.

Defense Attorney James Hallett sought to persuade the jury to chose life without the possibility of parole for his 28-year-old client.

Hulbert's mother, Doris Hulbert, was one of the first witnesses called and told jurors that her mother regularly whipped her with a belt or an extension cord and that she grew up to do the same with her children.

"So you observed the same disciplinary methods of your mother?" Hallett asked.

"Yes," Doris
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Hulbert said.

"Do you regret that now?" Hallett asked.

"Yes I do," the mother said.

Hallett questioned Doris Hulbert extensively about her own childhood - which included her having a baby at the age of 17 after she was impregnated by her mother's boyfriend, who began molesting her when she was 12 - she said. The in-depth questions about her past drew protest from the defendant.

"Will you stop and go somewhere else?" the defendant snapped.

Hallett also quizzed Doris Hulbert on how many children she had, how many different fathers were involved, if she received any help with raising the children, how many men came and went in their lives and how many hours she spent away from her kids as they were growing up.

Doris Hulbert described herself as a "workaholic" who would leave around 6 a.m. every morning and not return until 6 p.m. She said the children's fathers never gave her money or helped with the kids and that she qualified at one time for food stamps, but when she began to earn more money, the assistance vanished.

Doris Hulbert said the children's aunt, Patricia Webb, handled most of the rearing of the children while she worked and that she frequently spent weekends with one of her ex-husbands, leaving her kids with Webb.

The two women and their children all lived at Doris Hulbert's home for a period of several years, Doris Hulbert said. It was not clear, however, if Patricia Webb was a blood relation or a close family friend who the children called an aunt.

Doris Hulbert's twin sister, Deborah Webb-Carter, testified the sexual abuse she and Doris Hulbert suffered from their mother's live-in boyfriend began when Doris Hulbert was about 10 or 11, not 12.

Webb-Carter also testified she never trusted the aunt, whom she called manipulative, and said the ministry that Patricia Webb ran out of Doris Hulbert's home was a cult, not a church.

The defendant's brother, Du-Ron Hulbert, testified he and his siblings were regularly whipped for misbehaving, and that he also ran afoul of the law when he left home at the age of 18 and started doing drugs.

Sober for more than a year and working with at-risk youth, Du-Ron Hulbert said his brief stint in county jail and three years of probation for a series of purse-snatchings spurred him to turn his life around.

When the defense attorney asked Du-Ron Hulbert if he knew what his brother was there for and how he felt, the older brother sat silent, tearing up.

"I never thought he would be in the position that he's in," Du-Ron Hulbert said.

Through most of his brother's testimony, the defendant looked down at the table and glanced up only when his crying brother told him, "I love you, man."

Hulbert's younger sister, Brittany Hulbert, testified she and Hulbert spent months together home alone when they were off school for breaks. They attended year-round classes as children, she explained, and would go to school for two months and then be off for one.

"We didn't have a car, so our mom would have to take the bus to work every day," she said, noting the ride to work and home took an hour each way.

Once they lived with her aunt, she said, Webb often belittled her mother when Doris Hulbert was away. Brittany Hulbert said Webb told the children explicit details about their mom's sex life and accused Doris Hulbert of using her money to run around with men instead of spending it on her kids.

That made her lose respect for her mother, Brittany Hulbert testified, and lash out at her mother, which she now regrets.

Brittany Hulbert also described a home rife with abuse, saying her mother used electrical cords and phone cords - and even "two-by-fours" - to whip the kids.

The sister said one of her older brothers - not the defendant - began sodomizing her when she was 8 years old and that neither her mother nor her aunt did anything about it when it came to light a year later.

"My aunt was like, `Do you love your brother?' and I was like, `Yeah,' and my aunt was like, `Do you forgive your brother?' and I was like, `Yeah,"' the sister, who is four years younger than the defendant, said.

After that, she said, no one spoke about the abuse again. "It was swept under the rug," she said.

Brittany Hulbert, who works as a coordinator for public housing in Fresno, cried throughout her testimony but said she has undergone extensive therapy and is in a much better frame of mind than she was when she had a breakdown after leaving home at 18.

She is scheduled to return to the witness stand in Dept. D of the Long Beach Superior Court at 9:30 a.m. today.

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Re: T.R.G death penalty trial

Unread postby dubts » December 21st, 2008, 11:20 pm

somebody last name "Hulbert" is in TRG?

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Unread postby YearZero » December 22nd, 2008, 4:18 am

dubts wrote:somebody last name "Hulbert" is in TRG?


Yeah,whats wrong with that?

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Re: T.R.G death penalty trial

Unread postby dubts » December 23rd, 2008, 12:46 am

YearZero wrote:
dubts wrote:somebody last name "Hulbert" is in TRG?


Yeah,whats wrong with that?

thats an asian name?

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Re: T.R.G death penalty trial

Unread postby Cold Bear » December 23rd, 2008, 7:20 am

Sounds like it's one of their Black members. TRG got more members of other races than your typical gang.

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Unread postby YearZero » December 23rd, 2008, 12:21 pm

Cold Bear is correct.

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Re: T.R.G death penalty trial

Unread postby dubts » December 23rd, 2008, 1:42 pm

what kinda nigga joins an asian gang in long beach?

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Unread postby MiChuhSuh » December 23rd, 2008, 2:11 pm

dubts wrote:what kinda nigga joins an asian gang in long beach?

More than you think, especially in North LB.

TRG has white, black, and other members in addition to Asian members.

In the I.E./Riverside they even have Mexican TRGs believe it or not.

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Unread postby YearZero » December 23rd, 2008, 9:40 pm

dubts wrote:what kinda nigga joins an asian gang in long beach?


Alot of niggaz.Seems like you got a problem with that.

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Re: T.R.G death penalty trial

Unread postby dubts » December 24th, 2008, 3:24 pm

YearZero wrote:
dubts wrote:what kinda nigga joins an asian gang in long beach?


Alot of niggaz.Seems like you got a problem with that.

yeah what you wanna do about it though? thats the question...

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Unread postby YearZero » December 24th, 2008, 10:50 pm

Nothin,Its what you gonna do about it? you're the one that has a problem with niggaz joing Asian gangs so go do something about it.

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Re: T.R.G death penalty trial

Unread postby YearZero » December 25th, 2008, 6:39 pm

Shooter gets life sentence

By Tracy Manzer, Staff Writer

Posted: 12/23/2008 05:24:06 PM PST

LONG BEACH -- A jury on Tuesday recommended life in prison without the possibility of parole for a convicted killer who gunned down five people during a shooting spree spread out over three months.

The four-woman, eight-man jury first convicted Reuel Dishon Hulbert on Dec. 10 of three counts of first-degree murder for the shooting deaths of Daniel Chantha, killed Dec. 19, 2003; Woodtee Bunthong, killed Dec. 31, 2003; and Sakorn Phan, killed Jan 1, 2004.

Hulbert, a black member of one of the oldest Asian gangs in Long Beach, was also convicted of attempted murder for shooting a fourth man, on Nov. 27, 2003, who survived the attack. That man's wife was also hit by gunfire, but jurors rejected an attempted murder charge filed on her behalf.

That same jury deliberated over three days before returning with its verdict for life without parole late Tuesday afternoon instead of the death penalty.

The judge ordered Hulbert, who sat quietly next to one of his defense attorneys, to return to court for formal sentencing on Jan. 29.

During the penalty phase of the trial, the jurors heard from relatives of Hulbert's three slain victims.

Thom Phan, the older brother of Sakorn Phan, said his family thought they had fled violence and death when they left Cambodia for America during the Khmer Rouge's
genocidal reign.

"Every single week my family visits him (at his grave)," Thom said, unable to hold in his emotions and moving some jurors to tears.

"Children should go to the cemetery to visit their parents after (they've grown old and died) not their brother. We shouldn't have to be there!" he said emphatically.

Jurors also heard from the defendant's family, which described Hulbert's childhood as one rife with physical abuse and a deeply dysfunctional family history that included physical, sexual and emotional abuse over at least two generations.

Hulbert's mother, Doris Hulbert, was one of the first witnesses called and told jurors that her mother regularly whipped her with a belt or an extension cord and that she grew up to do the same with her children, including Reuel.

"So you observed the same disciplinary methods of your mother?" Defense Attorney James Hallett asked.

"Yes," said Doris Hulbert, who testified her first child was fathered by her stepfather, who began molesting Doris Hulbert when she was 12 years old.

"Do you regret that now?" Hallett asked.

"Yes I do," Doris Hulbert said.

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Re: T.R.G death penalty trial

Unread postby dubts » December 26th, 2008, 3:03 pm

YearZero wrote:Nothin

exactly , so shut the fuck up and lay down bitch

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Unread postby YearZero » December 26th, 2008, 3:46 pm

You a straight up internet tough guy.

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Unread postby 1santo » January 7th, 2009, 8:35 pm

Does it mention anywhere if his victims were bangin'? Just curious. By the way TRGs are nototrious for recruiting heavily from other ethnic groups. I'm convinced that's why they have been able to thrive and expand.

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Unread postby atm//TONE » January 9th, 2009, 12:34 pm

dubts wrote:
YearZero wrote:
dubts wrote:what kinda nigga joins an asian gang in long beach?


Alot of niggaz.Seems like you got a problem with that.

yeah what you wanna do about it though? thats the question...
taa haa yall crazy

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Unread postby VALERO » January 13th, 2009, 6:40 am

I think there's a black rapper named Kanouw that's a black TRG.

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Unread postby VALERO » January 13th, 2009, 6:40 am

VALERO wrote:I think there's a black rapper named Kanouw that's a black TRG.


I meant Kamouw.

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Unread postby YearZero » February 8th, 2009, 3:09 am

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LONG BEACH - A judge sentenced a 28-year-old murderer to life in prison without parole Thursday and was interrupted by the killer, who showed no remorse and took no responsibility for a shooting spree that left three dead and two injured.

Long Beach Superior Court Judge James Pierce remained calm and polite despite the outburst as he handed down the sentence, recommended by a jury that opted for the life term over the death chamber.

"These were ... deliberate hits, assassinations if you will, of rival gang members," the judge said before he was interrupted by Reuel Dishon Hulbert.

"Did you sit in through the same trial that I sat through?" the defendant called out.

"I can't believe I'm hearing this," Hulbert added.

Pierce stopped the defendant's tirade by telling him the reason he was there and the reason that his family and the victims' families had to suffer or deal with the tragedy was because of Hulbert's poor choices.

"You have made several mistakes (throughout life) ... you wanted to fire Mr. Hallett and Mr. Hallett saved your life," the judge pointed out.

James Hallett is one of two private practice defense attorneys assigned to represent Hulbert.

Hulbert was convicted Dec. 10 of three counts of first-degree murder for the shooting deaths of Daniel Chantha,
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killed Dec. 19, 2003; Woodtee Bunthong, killed Dec. 31, 2003; and Sakorn Phan, killed Jan. 1, 2004.

Hulbert, a black member of one of the oldest Asian gangs in Long Beach, was also convicted of attempted murder for shooting a fourth man, on

Nov. 27, 2003, who survived the attack. That man's wife was also hit by gunfire, but jurors rejected an attempted murder charge filed on her behalf.

Hallett relied upon heart-wrenching testimony from Hulbert's family about years of physical and mental abuse crossing several generations that helped contribute to his client's criminal behavior.

Pierce said the defendant's history offered an explanation, but not an excuse for what he did and noted that none of Hulbert's siblings - all of whom were raised in the same conditions - turned to murder.

In addition to the life term, the judge ordered a secondary sentence requiring prison time on each of the seven counts filed in the case. The secondary sentence would apply only if an appeals court were to throw out the life without parole sentence.

Additional sentences, all but one of which were ordered to be served consecutively, added up to more than

100 years to life in state prison.

The jury found several special circumstance allegations - including the personal use of a firearm and the charge that the slayings were carried out to benefit Hulbert's gang - true.

After court, Hallett said there wasn't much to say about the case, other than he was "joyful that (Hulbert) wasn't given death."

"I am personally against the death penalty, that's the whole reason I became a lawyer."

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Re: T.R.G death penalty trial

Unread postby streetsIswatchin » February 22nd, 2009, 2:48 am

who he kill? dudes from his own gang? sounds like he killed all asian dudes or does TRG beef with other asian gangs??

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Unread postby thonkoboy2000 » February 23rd, 2009, 12:08 am

TRG beefs with Asian Crips and Crazy Brothers Clan in Long Beach and with the Longos

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Unread postby MrDAC » February 23rd, 2009, 3:44 pm

So to get him off from murder charges, they are analyzing his MOTHER'S childhood????Yeah, she was a terrible mom. Yeah she did not foster a nurturing environment, and did I say she was a terrible mom? That is still no excuse to commit murder.....I work with REFUGEES who have seen worse....you dont see them going around murdering and torturing folks.

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Unread postby Triggeration » February 23rd, 2009, 8:08 pm

I wonder who this fool is gonna ride with in the pen

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Unread postby buLLetxx2 » May 20th, 2009, 2:45 pm

1santo wrote:Does it mention anywhere if his victims were bangin'? Just curious. By the way TRGs are nototrious for recruiting heavily from other ethnic groups. I'm convinced that's why they have been able to thrive and expand.



Woodtee RIP was the homie from ABZ.
I don't think that one of those fools(Thom) even banged.
Get sloppy dumpin on fools who got nothing to do with you and your hoods enemies and beef and thats how you get rolled up by the po.

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Unread postby FelonOne » May 30th, 2009, 10:45 pm

shitty dealz...but TRG are known to roll up rivals casket deep...

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Unread postby buLLetxx2 » May 31st, 2009, 12:13 am

FelonOne wrote:_____ dealz...but TRG are known to roll up rivals casket deep...



Yep but it'd just have been another gangland killing if he'd not have got sloppy and blasted the homeboy Thom how never claimed a set in his life. That was enough fuel to the fire to have the police actually looking to catch someone.

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Unread postby YearZero » June 2nd, 2009, 9:02 pm

buLLetxx2 wrote:
1santo wrote:Does it mention anywhere if his victims were bangin'? Just curious. By the way TRGs are nototrious for recruiting heavily from other ethnic groups. I'm convinced that's why they have been able to thrive and expand.



Woodtee RIP was the homie from ABZ.
I don't think that one of those fools(Thom) even banged.
Get sloppy dumpin on fools who got nothing to do with you and your hoods enemies and beef and thats how you get rolled up by the po.


Thom wasn't a victim his brother was.

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Unread postby jdm894g » June 5th, 2009, 8:30 pm

So who does he roll with in the joint? the blacks or the others? Seeing he aint crip or blood. Thats like almost like a black sureno in jail. But i guess most asian gangs roll with the blacks in prison most, not all of the time.

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Unread postby thonkoboy2000 » June 5th, 2009, 9:09 pm

asians dont roll with blacks in the pen i dunno where yall always get that from blacks think asians are pussies and little women in the pen thats why they always target them for rape ect


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