Thursday, November 12, 2009


What's THE REaction: 

Note: This will be appearing in Friday's Los Cerritos Community News. RIP Mr. and Mrs. Matthews!  Also, check out tonight's news from KCAL-9 here in Los Angeles for more details.
By: Randy Economy

NORWALK – A Norwalk Superior Court jury has convicted and recommended the death penalty for a 34-year-old Carson man for the 2004 double murder of an elderly Cerritos couple Ernestine and Lamar Matthews.

Anthony Deondrea Cain was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder. Jurors found "true the special circumstances of murder in the commission of a robbery and multiple murders."

Deputy District Attorney June Chung of the Norwalk Branch Office said jurors deliberated for two and a half days before returning the penalty phase verdict for Anthony Deondrea Cain. He will be formally sentenced on Jan. 15, 2010 in Department W of Norwalk Superior Court.

Cain also was convicted of two counts of residential robbery and one count of residential burglary. Jurors additionally found true the allegation that the defendant personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon, scissors, as to all but one count.

Judge Dewey Falcone ordered the jury to return on Nov. 2 to begin the penalty phase. Cain faces a maximum penalty of death or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The case was co-prosecuted by Ramadan and Deputy District Attorney June Chung.  Ernestine and Lamar Matthews, both 75, were found slain in their Cerritos home on Feb. 11, 2004. The case has been followed by many local and national news outlets for the past couple of years.

Sheriff's deputies arrested Cain, a felon and relative by marriage, just days after the murders.  Ernestine Matthews was a former teacher for the Compton Unified School District. Her husband Lamar was a retired probation officer.

Both were long time members of the Cerritos community. 
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Hews, Economy Featured on The Tim Conway Jr. Show on KFI Los Cerritos Community Newspaper Publisher Brian Hews and Reporter Randy Economy were featured on KFI AM 640 on the Tim Conway Jr. Show on Thursday, October 17 to discuss the arrest of Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez, Property Tax Agent Ramin Salari and Assessor Major Property Appraiser Mark McNeil on dozens of felony charges. The segment was broadcast live to millions of listeners throughout the Western United States. LCCN will post additional interviews by Mr. Hews and Mr. Economy in the future.

WATCH: LCCN, Randy Economy featured on Fox News

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Los Cerritos Community Newspaper’s exclusive groundbreaking coverage into the corruption probe at the Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office is now the focal point of a multi part series that began airing Wednesday night on Fox News 11 in Southern California.

LCCN was the first media outlet to break the story about the massive criminal investigation that has now gripped the entire Los Angeles County Hall of Administration. “We thank Fox News for recognizing featuring Los Cerritos Community Newspaper in their coverage,” said Brian Hews, President and Publisher of Hews Media Group.

“LCCN has been working with dozens of media outlets across the country on this massive scandal for the past eight months,” Hews said.

Featured in this report is LCCN Investigative Reporter Randy Economy who tells about how the community newspaper was able to “piece the puzzle together” that has resulted in the arrest of one former property appraiser, and the recent departure of Assessor John Noguez on a “paid leave of absence.”

Look for more segments on Fox News 11 during the next several days and weeks. Reporter Gina Silva is featured in this segment.

Randy Economy appears on NBC News Non Stop California with Colleen Williams

Randy Economy appears on California Non Stop with Colleen Williams from NBC News. Randy Economy appeared on NBC New's Non Stop California in June, 2012. This is what NBC said about Randy and Los Cerritos Community Newspaper. "Los Cerritos Community Newspaper recently published hundreds of e-mails between Los Angeles County Assessor John R. Noguez and several property tax agents. The emails were obtained by the newspaper through a series of public document requests. This is the second set of documents published by the community newspaper that has been at the forefront of reporting and exposing the alleged pay to play activities between tax agents and Noguez for the past two years. Reporter Randy Economy joins Colleen Williams on Nonstop News LA to discuss how their investigation began on June 25, 2012.”

Hear Randy Economy on the David Cruz Show!

Reporter Randy Economy on The David Cruz Show during the week of June 25, 2012 on KTLK AM 1150 in Southern California. The segment begins at the 56:00 part in this clip and lasts for thirty minutes.

Randy Economy on CBS 2 News KCAL 9 with Investigative Reporter Dave Bryan

Los Cerritos Community Newspaper featured CBS News with Investigative Reporter Dave Bryan CBS/KCAL Investigative Reporter Dave Bryan interviews Randy Economy and Brian Hews from Los Cerritos Community Newspaper the day more than 300 law enforcement officials raided 12 different locations in the political scandal that is consuming Los Angeles County. Thanks CBS News for acknowledging the hard work of LCCN!