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  • Trinity Hanna murder, TUHS shooting cases in court this week

  • Both cases scheduled to go to trial on January 21, but motion for delay has been filed in TUHS shooting
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  • Two high-profile criminal cases from Taft are scheduled to be in court this week.
    Readiness hearings are scheduled in both the trial of Eric Foster, the man accused of the molestation, torture and murder of 3-year-old Trinity Monique Hanna in 2012, and for Bryan Oliver, the teen accused in the Jan. 10, 2013 Taft Union High School shooting that critically injured Bowe Cleveland.
    Both defendants have pleaded not guilty to all charges.
    Both cases are scheduled to go to trial on January 21.
    However, a motion for a delay in the readiness hearing and trial date for Oliver has been filed and will be heard Wednesday in Kern County Superior Court.
    Foster has been held since his arrest on Jan. 25, 2012, the day after Trinity was taken by her mother, Angela Hanna, to a Bakersfield hospital where the little girl was pronounced dead.
    He is charged with willful cruelty to a child, torture, assault resulting in great bodily injury to a child under age 8, first-degree murder and lewd and lascivious acts with a child under age 14 with force.
    He is being held without bail in the Kern County Sheriff's Lerdo med-max facility.
    Angela Hanna was arrested in early May 2012 and charged with second-degree murder, assault on a child under age 8 resulting in great bodily injury and four counts of willful cruelty to a child.
    In a plea agreement reached in September 2012, the murder and assault charges were dropped and Hanna agreed to plead not contest to the four counts of cruelty to a child.
    She was sentenced to a maximum of 10 years in state prison.
    She also agreed to testify against Foster, who was her live-in boyfriend at the time of Trinity's death.
    Hanna, 31, is currently incarcerated at the California Institution for Women in Corona.
    Oliver is being tried as an adult over the strenuous objections of his defense attorney, Paul Cadman.
    Cadman said Oliver was the victim of bullying and the case belongs in the juvenile justice system.
    Oliver is accused of bringing a shotgun from his home on the 600 block of San Emidio onto the TUHS campus and into a second floor classroom, where he shot Cleveland and tried to shoot a second student before he was disarmed.
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