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Accused Buena Vista killer deemed too dangerous for bail

Isadore Diaz has a history of convictions for violent felonies

Editor's note: This article contains graphic descriptions of violence.

A Santa Clara County Superior Court judge on Monday decided that a man accused of stabbing a fellow Buena Vista Mobile Home Park resident to death and beating another one is too dangerous for release.

Isadore Christopher Diaz, who is charged with the murder of Timothy Wood, remained in a cell at the Palo Alto Courthouse and was not brought up to the courtroom for his initial appearance on that charge before Judge Charles E. Wilson. The judge continued Diaz's arraignment to July 12, but he said the facts and substantial evidence showed "a presumption of great bodily harm" and that releasing Diaz would present a "clear threat" of continued great bodily harm to others. The judge also denied bail.

Diaz, 31, has been charged with killing Wood, 63, and the separate assault of Alan Cochran, both of which occurred on the night of June 24. Court records show that Diaz previously served time in prison for assault and other charges stemming from cases in 2007, 2008 and 2012 in Merced County. He has two prior convictions for assault with a deadly weapon and three convictions for participating in a criminal street gang, among other charges.

In the 2012 case, he pleaded no contest to burglary, being a felon who was previously convicted of a violent felony, obstructing or resisting arrest on an executive officer and battery on a peace officer. He received a 40-month sentence in prison.

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He lived in Palo Alto with his grandmother, who told the Weekly last week that Diaz had turned his life around, was active in his church and helped the homeless. He was also once shot in the head and continued to suffer medical issues as a result of his injury, she said.

Court documents also show that Diaz allegedly attacked a third man on the night of Wood's death and Cochran's assault; the third man declined to file charges.

Palo Alto police initially responded to Wood's trailer at 3980 El Camino Real at 7:53 p.m. after his roommate called to report finding him on the floor. Wood had left the trailer at about 5 p.m. The roommate left about 10 minutes later to go for a two-hour bike ride. When he returned, he found the door to the trailer locked. He entered using his key and found Wood gravely injured. Police located two knives with blood in Wood's trailer, including one near his body.

Wood died at a local hospital. The Santa Clara County Coroner-Medical Examiner's Office later determined he'd been stabbed several times.

About an hour later, while police were investigating the stabbing, Cochran was in the mobile home park when Diaz allegedly approached and punched him. Diaz then allegedly kicked Cochran, who had fallen, in the face before returning to his apartment. Cochran said the two had never met and he did not know why he was targeted. Cochran needed eight stitches to his lips, he told the Weekly.

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As officers talked to Cochran, a police report states, Diaz jumped into a friend's car and allegedly told him, "Let's get out of here."

The man drove away and parked in front of a fence on Los Robles Avenue, which runs along the edge of Buena Vista. When he told Diaz to be careful getting out because the car was close to the fence, Diaz allegedly became angry and asked, "Do you think I'm fake?" the police report states.

Diaz was loud and he could not keep still, the man told police. The two men began walking back toward the mobile home park when Diaz allegedly put his friend in a headlock and punched him in the face three times. The man ran back to a friend's home, where he hid in the living room.

Diaz soon followed and knocked on the door. Entering the residence, he allegedly punched the man once more before exiting.

The victim told police he was afraid of Diaz and didn't want to press charges. He refused medical attention, according to court papers.

Diaz, after being read his Miranda rights, denied that he had struck anyone. But he allegedly told an officer that he made a mistake.

Asked why he struck Cochran, he said that "he just got that feeling and had to do it," the court documents state.

Police arrested Diaz three days later in connection with Wood's murder, based on several pieces of evidence, while he was in custody for alleged assault on Cochran, according to the court documents.

Police are basing their case in part on security camera recordings and blood-stained clothing.

Surveillance recordings show on June 24 a man who appeared to be Diaz walking toward and away from Wood's trailer. Wood is also seen on the video walking to a dumpster to toss out a large bag of trash and walking back toward his trailer. Police believe this was the last time Wood was seen alive.

About 20 minutes later, a person resembling Diaz, who has a distinctive tattoo on his left arm, returned to the area near Wood's trailer, according to the court documents.

The man whom police believe is Diaz was initially wearing a white tank top when he went toward the trailer, but when he left the area he had changed into a black T-shirt with a California logo on the front. All of the other articles of clothing the man wore were the same, the video showed.

Police later found the white shirt with blood on it, and detectives found the same style, brand and size of white tank tops in Diaz's residence with the same batch number. Police also found a white sock with blood in Diaz's bathroom hamper and the same mismatched shoes — a white one and a black one — that were the mates of the shoes Diaz was wearing at the time of his arrest for assaulting Cochran.

Diaz has been charged in Wood's killing with one count of murder, one count of using a deadly weapon and five counts of committing the crimes while having prior convictions for a violent or serious felony.

In the alleged assault on Cochran, he also faces charges of felony battery with serious bodily injury, felony assault with a deadly weapon or force likely to produce great bodily injury, an enhancement of causing great bodily injury, misdemeanor battery on a person and five counts of having a prior conviction of a violent or serious felony.

He is scheduled to return to court in the Cochran case on July 19.

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Accused Buena Vista killer deemed too dangerous for bail

Isadore Diaz has a history of convictions for violent felonies

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Tue, Jul 2, 2019, 9:50 am

Editor's note: This article contains graphic descriptions of violence.

A Santa Clara County Superior Court judge on Monday decided that a man accused of stabbing a fellow Buena Vista Mobile Home Park resident to death and beating another one is too dangerous for release.

Isadore Christopher Diaz, who is charged with the murder of Timothy Wood, remained in a cell at the Palo Alto Courthouse and was not brought up to the courtroom for his initial appearance on that charge before Judge Charles E. Wilson. The judge continued Diaz's arraignment to July 12, but he said the facts and substantial evidence showed "a presumption of great bodily harm" and that releasing Diaz would present a "clear threat" of continued great bodily harm to others. The judge also denied bail.

Diaz, 31, has been charged with killing Wood, 63, and the separate assault of Alan Cochran, both of which occurred on the night of June 24. Court records show that Diaz previously served time in prison for assault and other charges stemming from cases in 2007, 2008 and 2012 in Merced County. He has two prior convictions for assault with a deadly weapon and three convictions for participating in a criminal street gang, among other charges.

In the 2012 case, he pleaded no contest to burglary, being a felon who was previously convicted of a violent felony, obstructing or resisting arrest on an executive officer and battery on a peace officer. He received a 40-month sentence in prison.

He lived in Palo Alto with his grandmother, who told the Weekly last week that Diaz had turned his life around, was active in his church and helped the homeless. He was also once shot in the head and continued to suffer medical issues as a result of his injury, she said.

Court documents also show that Diaz allegedly attacked a third man on the night of Wood's death and Cochran's assault; the third man declined to file charges.

Palo Alto police initially responded to Wood's trailer at 3980 El Camino Real at 7:53 p.m. after his roommate called to report finding him on the floor. Wood had left the trailer at about 5 p.m. The roommate left about 10 minutes later to go for a two-hour bike ride. When he returned, he found the door to the trailer locked. He entered using his key and found Wood gravely injured. Police located two knives with blood in Wood's trailer, including one near his body.

Wood died at a local hospital. The Santa Clara County Coroner-Medical Examiner's Office later determined he'd been stabbed several times.

About an hour later, while police were investigating the stabbing, Cochran was in the mobile home park when Diaz allegedly approached and punched him. Diaz then allegedly kicked Cochran, who had fallen, in the face before returning to his apartment. Cochran said the two had never met and he did not know why he was targeted. Cochran needed eight stitches to his lips, he told the Weekly.

As officers talked to Cochran, a police report states, Diaz jumped into a friend's car and allegedly told him, "Let's get out of here."

The man drove away and parked in front of a fence on Los Robles Avenue, which runs along the edge of Buena Vista. When he told Diaz to be careful getting out because the car was close to the fence, Diaz allegedly became angry and asked, "Do you think I'm fake?" the police report states.

Diaz was loud and he could not keep still, the man told police. The two men began walking back toward the mobile home park when Diaz allegedly put his friend in a headlock and punched him in the face three times. The man ran back to a friend's home, where he hid in the living room.

Diaz soon followed and knocked on the door. Entering the residence, he allegedly punched the man once more before exiting.

The victim told police he was afraid of Diaz and didn't want to press charges. He refused medical attention, according to court papers.

Diaz, after being read his Miranda rights, denied that he had struck anyone. But he allegedly told an officer that he made a mistake.

Asked why he struck Cochran, he said that "he just got that feeling and had to do it," the court documents state.

Police arrested Diaz three days later in connection with Wood's murder, based on several pieces of evidence, while he was in custody for alleged assault on Cochran, according to the court documents.

Police are basing their case in part on security camera recordings and blood-stained clothing.

Surveillance recordings show on June 24 a man who appeared to be Diaz walking toward and away from Wood's trailer. Wood is also seen on the video walking to a dumpster to toss out a large bag of trash and walking back toward his trailer. Police believe this was the last time Wood was seen alive.

About 20 minutes later, a person resembling Diaz, who has a distinctive tattoo on his left arm, returned to the area near Wood's trailer, according to the court documents.

The man whom police believe is Diaz was initially wearing a white tank top when he went toward the trailer, but when he left the area he had changed into a black T-shirt with a California logo on the front. All of the other articles of clothing the man wore were the same, the video showed.

Police later found the white shirt with blood on it, and detectives found the same style, brand and size of white tank tops in Diaz's residence with the same batch number. Police also found a white sock with blood in Diaz's bathroom hamper and the same mismatched shoes — a white one and a black one — that were the mates of the shoes Diaz was wearing at the time of his arrest for assaulting Cochran.

Diaz has been charged in Wood's killing with one count of murder, one count of using a deadly weapon and five counts of committing the crimes while having prior convictions for a violent or serious felony.

In the alleged assault on Cochran, he also faces charges of felony battery with serious bodily injury, felony assault with a deadly weapon or force likely to produce great bodily injury, an enhancement of causing great bodily injury, misdemeanor battery on a person and five counts of having a prior conviction of a violent or serious felony.

He is scheduled to return to court in the Cochran case on July 19.

Comments

Aletheia
Registered user
Green Acres
on Jul 2, 2019 at 11:22 am
Aletheia, Green Acres
Registered user
on Jul 2, 2019 at 11:22 am
122 people like this

Immigration status?


@Aletheia
College Terrace
on Jul 2, 2019 at 11:59 am
@Aletheia, College Terrace
on Jul 2, 2019 at 11:59 am
12 people like this

Not every Hispanic is illegal.. With the name Aletheia. I should be asking you that.


eileen
Registered user
College Terrace
on Jul 2, 2019 at 12:13 pm
eileen , College Terrace
Registered user
on Jul 2, 2019 at 12:13 pm
22 people like this

My Problem is not immigration status or ethnicity. There are many wonderful people living there. Why bring that up? My problem is the fact that we have a known violent felon, with a long criminal past, living here in Palo Alto. There are families with children living in Buena Vista (an RV park owned by the city of Palo Alto) right next to this violent man. It is hard to believe that his grandmother was unaware of his drug use and violent behavior. Any way to screen who gets to live there?


Everyone out in the open - no exceptions
Green Acres
on Jul 2, 2019 at 12:37 pm
Everyone out in the open - no exceptions, Green Acres
on Jul 2, 2019 at 12:37 pm
2 people like this

@Aletheia: "Immigration status?"

And yours?

(I'm 6th generation, since we all have to know everything immediately, per Aletheia)


Keep PA Safe
Barron Park
on Jul 2, 2019 at 1:15 pm
Keep PA Safe, Barron Park
on Jul 2, 2019 at 1:15 pm
65 people like this

Diaz's past history and criminal background justifies the added precaution of not releasing him on bail.

It is immaterial whether Diaz is a US citizen or undocumented immigrant as a crime has been committed and it must be brought to trial.

However...in the event he is an undocumented immigrant, it should be brought to public attention & ICE should be notified in the event he is released.


Shawn
Crescent Park
on Jul 2, 2019 at 1:20 pm
Shawn, Crescent Park
on Jul 2, 2019 at 1:20 pm
11 people like this

How does a person with the name Aletheia have the nerve to ask about immagration status. ???


Aletheia Defined
Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jul 2, 2019 at 1:25 pm
Aletheia Defined, Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jul 2, 2019 at 1:25 pm
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> Not every Hispanic is illegal.. With the name Aletheia. I should be asking you that.
>> How does a person with the name Aletheia have the nerve to ask about immagration status. ???

^^^ Alethea is an English language female first name derived from the ancient and modern Greek feminine noun αλήθεια (pronounced "al-ee-thia"), meaning "truth". It is thus an equivalent of the name Verity, from the Latin feminine noun veritas, "truth".


A Record Of Crime
Downtown North
on Jul 2, 2019 at 2:09 pm
A Record Of Crime, Downtown North
on Jul 2, 2019 at 2:09 pm
55 people like this

From the PA Weekly reportage...
"Court records show that Diaz previously served time in prison for assault and other charges stemming from cases in 2007, 2008 and 2012 in Merced County. He has two prior convictions for assault with a deadly weapon and three convictions for participating in a criminal street gang, among other charges.

In the 2012 case, he pleaded no contest to burglary, being a felon who was previously convicted of a violent felony, obstructing or resisting arrest on an executive officer and battery on a peace officer. He received a 40-month sentence in prison.'

^^^ A lifetime criminal regardless of immigration status....and a very violent individual according the the PAPD arrest account.




Incarceration/Deportation If Undocumented
Barron Park
on Jul 2, 2019 at 5:12 pm
Incarceration/Deportation If Undocumented, Barron Park
on Jul 2, 2019 at 5:12 pm
55 people like this

^^^ That many priors indicates this individual is beyond rehab despite what his grandmother told The PA Weekly.

A leopard does not change its spots.


Incarceration/Deportation If Undocumented
Barron Park
on Jul 2, 2019 at 5:18 pm
Incarceration/Deportation If Undocumented, Barron Park
on Jul 2, 2019 at 5:18 pm
55 people like this

There are countless undocumented immigrants from Latin America who are law abiding and simply trying to make ends meet. I have no problem with them being in America.

On the other hand, the bad hombres (of which there always is a number of them) should be turned over to ICE immediately following an arrest for a VIOLENT crime.


Nayeli
Registered user
Midtown
on Jul 2, 2019 at 9:56 pm
Nayeli, Midtown
Registered user
on Jul 2, 2019 at 9:56 pm
15 people like this

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Public Awareness
Midtown
on Jul 3, 2019 at 6:36 am
Public Awareness, Midtown
on Jul 3, 2019 at 6:36 am
32 people like this

Nayeli....for names & general locations of registered sex offenders in PA go to:

Web Link

There is no database on violent criminals in PA...too broad a category.


winter dellenbach
Barron Park
on Jul 3, 2019 at 8:51 am
winter dellenbach, Barron Park
on Jul 3, 2019 at 8:51 am
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What a horrific recounting of this man's violent history and it's terrible consequence for Tim, Alan and the other man. I am grateful no one else was hurt that day.

The point isn't the accused's documentation status, it's the unspeakable violence he unleashed on innocent people at at Buena Vista. Remember that studies shows undocumented immigrants are more law abiding than the general population of citizens.

The irrelevant tangent about sex offenders is beside the point. It has nothing to do with anything germane and only hurts all residents at Buena Vista who have enough to contend with right now.

These maps are well known as being notoriously inaccurate which can be seen from the very website offered by one of the commenters. Nine offenders are shown in Palo Alto, yet it's noted there are actually 21:

"According to our research of California and other state lists there were 21 registered sex offenders living in Palo Alto as of July 03, 2019. The ratio of number of residents in Palo Alto to the number of sex offenders is 3,232 to 1. The number of registered sex offenders compared to the number of residents in this city is a lot smaller than the state average."

Rather than making them targets of fear and suspicion, residents at Buena Vista deserve our sympathetic support as we would have for any other neighbors in town.


Public Awareness
Midtown
on Jul 3, 2019 at 9:29 am
Public Awareness, Midtown
on Jul 3, 2019 at 9:29 am
30 people like this

> These maps are well known as being notoriously inaccurate which can be seen from the very website offered by one of the commenters. Nine offenders are shown in Palo Alto, yet it's noted there are actually 21:

^^^ Agreed to a certain extent as some of the registered sex offenders are listed as transients + the 3980 ECR location is the shopping center at San Antonio & ECR.

On the other hand and being residents of Midtown, a number of us are well aware of the 94303 listing as that happens to be a neighbor's grown son who resides in the immediate area within walking distance from the Safeway.


Ashley
Barron Park
on Jul 3, 2019 at 9:59 am
Ashley, Barron Park
on Jul 3, 2019 at 9:59 am
2 people like this

This is sad we know this guy and he has been telling us that he has been trying to tell social security he needs help and don't know where to turn because he has had his head injury (being shot in Merced walking out his door) and ever since he has been getting violent and he said to us he has been feeling like a different person but social security denied him help. Also sad for all people who got injured and for Timothy he was very nice except occasional drunk scenes. We remain to pray for everyone involved.


Discontent
Crescent Park
on Jul 3, 2019 at 10:59 am
Discontent , Crescent Park
on Jul 3, 2019 at 10:59 am
25 people like this

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In All Seriousness
Barron Park
on Jul 3, 2019 at 11:42 am
In All Seriousness, Barron Park
on Jul 3, 2019 at 11:42 am
43 people like this

> This is sad we know this guy and he has been telling us that he has been trying to tell social security he needs help and don't know where to turn because he has had his head injury (being shot in Merced walking out his door) and ever since he has been getting violent and he said to us he has been feeling like a different person but social security denied him help.


>> Court records show that Diaz previously served time in prison for assault and other charges stemming from cases in 2007, 2008 and 2012 in Merced County. He has two prior convictions for assault with a deadly weapon and three convictions for participating in a criminal street gang, among other charges.

In the 2012 case, he pleaded no contest to burglary, being a felon who was previously convicted of a violent felony, obstructing or resisting arrest on an executive officer and battery on a peace officer. He received a 40-month sentence in prison.


When did the alleged 'head injury' occur? Based on his criminal background, this shooting was most likely due to his prior gang affiliations and previous record of violence.

SSI cannot be blamed for what happened at BV Park and his excuse does not hold water. If anything, he should have been kept in prison.

Diaz was not reformed or rehabbed by any meaning of the word.


In All Seriousness
Barron Park
on Jul 3, 2019 at 1:10 pm
In All Seriousness, Barron Park
on Jul 3, 2019 at 1:10 pm
32 people like this

>> The irrelevant tangent about sex offenders is beside the point. It has nothing to do with anything germane and only hurts all residents at Buena Vista who have enough to contend with right now.

Fair enough but there are registered sex offenders residing in other parts of Palo Alto and the public has a right to know of their general whereabouts....especially in terms of proximity to schools and playgrounds.

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In All Seriousness
Barron Park
on Jul 3, 2019 at 1:26 pm
In All Seriousness, Barron Park
on Jul 3, 2019 at 1:26 pm
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Another day In Court At Taxpayer Expense
Barron Park
on Jul 3, 2019 at 3:49 pm
Another day In Court At Taxpayer Expense, Barron Park
on Jul 3, 2019 at 3:49 pm
25 people like this

No sympathy for Diaz whether he is here legally or illegally. And the head wound defense is not going to hold any water regardless of what his public defender alleges.

His past criminal history shows a pattern of violence, criminal activity and his arrest records speak for themselves.

He is what they call a lifer. Best he be locked-up for life with no parole or time-off for 'good behavior'.




Ashley
Barron Park
on Jul 3, 2019 at 5:40 pm
Ashley, Barron Park
on Jul 3, 2019 at 5:40 pm
4 people like this

The head injury happen way before his past Criminal history believe 2004 he mentioned. He talks about this openly how he tried to get help and everyone labeled him as some violent person when he says he blacks out. Now for the drugs they are saying he was on or what not I cant speak on because I did not notice it but I did notice he get upset fast as he recognized and a professional he seen helping him get Social Security even wrote in his report how the location of his injury is a part of the brain that if hit to hard in past can cause future anger problems. I have never did my research but to see this all unfold I most definitely am not going to judge as easy no more. FYI he is definitely a resident of the united states 3 generations (Grandma they speak of is American). He was a resident of this park a long time and was never this violent to anyone I seen he always would help people. Prayers as I said for them all because both sides are sad to see unfold especially when you know both parties and know the suspect was someone screaming since 2011 for help (I know because I started working at my job that year he mentioned him waiting on a appeal)


Public Awareness
Midtown
on Jul 4, 2019 at 6:34 am
Public Awareness, Midtown
on Jul 4, 2019 at 6:34 am
41 people like this

>> The head injury happen way before his past Criminal history believe 2004 he mentioned. He talks about this openly how he tried to get help and everyone labeled him as some violent person when he says he blacks out. Now for the drugs they are saying he was on or what not I cant speak...

^^^ Subject to speculation. The unfortunate shooting may have been tied to prior unrecorded criminal activity and/or gang associations. Alcohol abuse can often lead to blackouts and violent behavior. The drug use factor (possibly street meth) does not help his case and any combined use of alcohol + drugs only exacerbates the problem.

While self-medication is often the result of inadequate medical attention and access to proper treatment, it is also a recreational outlet for some and various combinations of alcohol and controlled substances can prove incendiary.

His inability to procure Social Security Disability benefits does not hold water as this is purely a moderate living stipend for those with verifiable physical or mental disabilities. There is no mention in your account of him ever seeking drug/alcohol counseling or even trying to check himself into a substance abuse treatment center where further medical diagnostics could be confirmed.

Instead, he chooses to blame everything on not receiving SSI benefits. Seriously?






Let's stick to the facts
another community
on Jul 5, 2019 at 11:27 am
Let's stick to the facts, another community
on Jul 5, 2019 at 11:27 am
4 people like this

Isadore Christopher Diaz was born in Merced County, CA on October 24 1987. This information was secured through public records available in CA. Let's stick to the facts and stop bashing immigrants.


Law & Order
Barron Park
on Jul 5, 2019 at 2:03 pm
Law & Order, Barron Park
on Jul 5, 2019 at 2:03 pm
20 people like this

Agreed. Immaterial whether he's an undocumented immigrant or US citizen.

So long as the guy is locked-up & put away for the rest of his life.

No need for SSI benefits in Del Norte, Soledad, Folsom or San Quentin.


Let's Stick to the Facts
another community
on Jul 5, 2019 at 9:53 pm
Let's Stick to the Facts, another community
on Jul 5, 2019 at 9:53 pm
1 person likes this

Just a reminder, accused are assumed innocent until proven guilty. That is still the system of justice in this country though we all benefit from an occasional reminder of this.


Public Awareness
Midtown
on Jul 6, 2019 at 6:26 am
Public Awareness, Midtown
on Jul 6, 2019 at 6:26 am
12 people like this

> Just a reminder, accused are assumed innocent until proven guilty.

Yes. In America, the burden of proof rests with the prosecution.

Defense (most likely a public defender) will probably try to run with an 'SSI defense' declaring that had the defendant been awarded early social security benefits, this crime would never have taken place.

Kind of like the 'Twinkie Defense' that Dan White's attorneys used in the Moscone/Milk murder trial...an defense based on a sugar rush.

Prosecution will cite defendant's background of violence, gang activity and prior prison time as indicators of his true make-up.


To be precise
Stanford
on Jul 6, 2019 at 9:18 am
To be precise, Stanford
on Jul 6, 2019 at 9:18 am
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The Twinkie defense was not based on a sugar rush. White had been a health food nut. It used White’s recent frequent eating of twinkies along with other evidence that White was suffering from depression. And that this depression gave him “diminished capacity,” which if proven made the killing a manslaughter.

This is not to say that the actual defense argument is valid. It is creating something from nothing. if White didn’t eat twinkies, the lawyer could have argued that being a health food nut was evidence of depression.

But it was effective.





Realistic Jurisprudence
Barron Park
on Jul 6, 2019 at 11:32 am
Realistic Jurisprudence, Barron Park
on Jul 6, 2019 at 11:32 am
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> ...this depression gave him “diminished capacity,” which if proven made the killing a manslaughter.
>> This is not to say that the actual defense argument is valid. It is creating something from nothing.

Common sense would seemingly dictate that a defendant not receiving early Social Security benefits + a history of drug abuse & criminal activity does not nullify a murder charge if the forensics and evidence prove guilt.


The Color Of Money VS Pro-Active Measures
Barron Park
on Jul 6, 2019 at 2:48 pm
The Color Of Money VS Pro-Active Measures, Barron Park
on Jul 6, 2019 at 2:48 pm
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Instead of (or in addition to) expending most of his efforts seeking early Social Security benefits (at 32), the defendant should have been pursuing medical treatment as he probably qualified for Medi-Cal being a US citizen.

His excuse/argument/defense doesn't hold any water.


M Bueno
another community
on Jul 6, 2019 at 10:14 pm
M Bueno , another community
on Jul 6, 2019 at 10:14 pm
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First, I’d like to thank Ashley for her comment setting the record straight regarding the statement of Diaz’s head injury due to a gunshot wound. This has altered his life, the cause and onset of his anger issues along with ongoing medical problems. Diaz’s criminal history did not begin until after his injury occurred in 2004, Diaz served his time for his past offences and should be taken into consideration. Due to the media’s comments stated and law enforcement releasing Diaz’s past criminal history in detail. And of course, they failed to mention Diaz’s earlier head injury causing the behavior of anger and violence. It is my opinion that Diaz does not stand a chance of a fair trial unless there is a change of venue. I personally, know Diaz as a loving, caring person who changed his life around and was recently baptized in his new life and religion. Diaz has shown my family and I much love and always lending a helping hand. We too reciprocate the same affection towards Diaz. I'm sure Mr. Woods has friends and family who care and feel for him as we do for Diaz. I pray for him and his family as well as for Diaz and his family. To those people who talk about the system they think they know but don’t. The system that is supposed to rehabilitate but doesn’t it just doesn’t happen. Inmates don’t get rehabilitated; they get worse the longer they stay the more institutionalized they become. Making it harder for them to make it out here in society. That’s your tax paying dollars down the drain because they don’t see any rehab counselors or get any type of counseling. You may say who cares lick him up and throw away the key but Diaz has a right to a fair trial. They say “innocent until proven guilty” my opinion on that expression is it should be changed to “guilty until proven innocent”. I know and can speak on this matter due the fact I am a retired CA State Dept of Corrections and Rehabilitation employee and my husband is a retired peace officer. So, we know the system all too well I’m not bashing the system just keeping it real. In closing I have to say; it’s already a sad situation don’t add racism to the injury Diaz was born in the US and very much a Mexican AMERICAN.


Diaz
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 6, 2019 at 10:17 pm
Diaz, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 6, 2019 at 10:17 pm
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JFirst, I’d like to thank Ashley for her comment setting the record straight regarding the statement of Diaz’s head injury due to a gunshot wound. This has altered his life, the cause and onset of his anger issues along with ongoing medical problems. Diaz’s criminal history did not begin until after his injury occurred in 2004, Diaz served his time for his past offences and should be taken into consideration. Due to the media’s comments stated and law enforcement releasing Diaz’s past criminal history in detail. And of course, they failed to mention Diaz’s earlier head injury causing the behavior of anger and violence. It is my opinion that Diaz does not stand a chance of a fair trial unless there is a change of venue. I personally, know Diaz as a loving, caring person who changed his life around and was recently baptized in his new life and religion. Diaz has shown my family and I much love and always lending a helping hand. We too reciprocate the same affection towards Diaz. I'm sure Mr. Woods has friends and family who care and feel for him as we do for Diaz. I pray for him and his family as well as for Diaz and his family. To those people who talk about the system they think they know but don’t. The system that is supposed to rehabilitate but doesn’t it just doesn’t happen. Inmates don’t get rehabilitated; they get worse the longer they stay the more institutionalized they become. Making it harder for them to make it out here in society. That’s your tax paying dollars down the drain because they don’t see any rehab counselors or get any type of counseling. You may say who cares lick him up and throw away the key but Diaz has a right to a fair trial. They say “innocent until proven guilty” my opinion on that expression is it should be changed to “guilty until proven innocent”. I know and can speak on this matter due the fact I am a retired CA State Dept of Corrections and Rehabilitation employee and my husband is a retired peace officer. So, we know the system all too well I’m not bashing the system just keeping it real. In closing I have to say; it’s already a sad situation don’t add racism to the injury Diaz was born in the US and very much a Mexican AMERICAN.


M Bueno
East Palo Alto
on Jul 6, 2019 at 10:29 pm
M Bueno , East Palo Alto
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Correction: lock not lick


Jerry99
Barron Park
on Jul 7, 2019 at 8:39 am
Jerry99, Barron Park
on Jul 7, 2019 at 8:39 am
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This incidence is just another reason that the Trailer Park should have been sold and shut down years ago instead of an endless crusade of harassment of the owner by the City Council and ignoring Barron Park Palo Alto residents who waned it shut down for decades. A new apartmnent building for professionals who work at the local technical companies would have been a much better use of the property. The City Council has turned Barron Park into a dumping ground with all the low income housing and apartments that are here now.


BV Is A Palo Alto Problem Area
Barron Park
on Jul 7, 2019 at 9:18 am
BV Is A Palo Alto Problem Area, Barron Park
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> The City Council has turned Barron Park into a dumping ground with all the low income housing and apartments that are here now.

Agreed. Though intended as a humanitarian gesture to provide below low-income housing provisions, BV has become an ongoing source of aggravated issues & added visual blight to the Barron Park neighborhood.

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As for Mr. Diaz, a very unfortunate incident that perhaps speaks volumes of the BV environment.


The Color Of Money VS Pro-Active Measures
Barron Park
on Jul 7, 2019 at 12:06 pm
The Color Of Money VS Pro-Active Measures, Barron Park
on Jul 7, 2019 at 12:06 pm
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So let's see now...according to winter dellenbach, ashley & Diaz/M Bueno, the defendant is an OK guy whose prior criminal record can be attributed to a previous head injury and the inability to collect early Social Security disability benefits at age 32. In others words, his past criminal record would have been zilch had he succeeded in collecting early SSI retirement benefits.

First of all, it can often take 2-3 years of red tape for an applicant to verify & qualify for SSI and the process often involves the assistance of a labor attorney as well as contacting one's local legislative representative to get the ball rolling.

Did the defendant actually explore all of the proper channels or is this just another questionable alibi designed to trivialize his prior arrest/conviction record and get escape a murder conviction?


Kat
Greenmeadow
on Jul 7, 2019 at 12:07 pm
Kat, Greenmeadow
on Jul 7, 2019 at 12:07 pm
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Palo Alto Weekly has not shutdown comments to this story like they did last week... not fair journalism! Great use of tax dollars for buying Buena Vista mobile home park, if this was in North Palo Alto, this trailer park would have been closed. Why, Why does the city constantly insert itself and why were the owners not allowed to sell the land they owned to whom ever they wanted. [Portion removed.] Buena Vista was dressed-up and flaunted in the local papers as an idyllic community... as the old saying, can't put lipstick on a pig. Funds would have been better used to help the residents in East Palo Alto.

Same with the tax dollars used to build the shelter next to Palo Alto Medical Foundation.. loitering, issues, not safe to walk in the area.


A Troublesome PA Locale
Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 7, 2019 at 12:22 pm
A Troublesome PA Locale, Adobe-Meadow
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Anon
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 7, 2019 at 12:34 pm
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BV Then & Now
Barron Park
on Jul 7, 2019 at 2:38 pm
BV Then & Now, Barron Park
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Los Robles Blight
Charleston Meadows
on Jul 7, 2019 at 6:09 pm
Los Robles Blight, Charleston Meadows
on Jul 7, 2019 at 6:09 pm
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Kind of ironic that in an upscale community like Palo Alto, the BV trailer court is reflective of those in other more impoverished crime-ridden CA areas.

The trailer courts in Sunnyvale and San Jose are far nicer and less problematic. Go figure.

The residents with adjacent properties in Barron Park have every reason to be perturbed.


You Be The Judge
Barron Park
on Jul 7, 2019 at 7:17 pm
You Be The Judge, Barron Park
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> It is my opinion that Diaz does not stand a chance of a fair trial unless there is a change of venue. I personally, know Diaz as a loving, caring person who changed his life around and was recently baptized in his new life and religion.

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>>"A Santa Clara County Superior Court judge on Monday decided that a man accused of stabbing a fellow Buena Vista Mobile Home Park resident to death and beating another one is too dangerous for release." (PA Weekly)

^^^^Hmmm. Do we run with M Bueno's assessment OR Judge Wilson's decision?


M Bueno
another community
on Jul 7, 2019 at 8:20 pm
M Bueno , another community
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To "The color of money"... I never stated Anything about SSI OR Diaz using that as a crutch because he didn't. One person commented that he tried and failed. He never mentioned anything about that to me personally. However, Diaz has tried other avenues for help to no avail. It's not as simple for people with challenges and mental health issues to receive help. Unfortunately Diaz's head injury has caused mental health issues and are very real. Whether are not Diaz uses that towards his defense is his porogitive and justifiable. No one knows his life and just feeds off social media and until it hits close to home you or anyone else will know what he goes through on a daily basis. Dealing with his injury, pain, confusion...
I will stand by Diaz no matter what and how anyone thinks or feels! I would never judge anyone unless I knew all the facts and could speak on it. No one has the right to play judge and jury!


And Now You Be The Jury
Stanford
on Jul 7, 2019 at 9:27 pm
And Now You Be The Jury, Stanford
on Jul 7, 2019 at 9:27 pm
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If traumatic brain injury is used as a defense:

(1) The prosecution will argue that...

Sociopathy, alcoholism, and drug abuse are the types of psychiatric disorders associated with criminal behavior, not traumatic brain injury..

While substance abuse, traumatic brain injury, and crime are indeed interconnected, it cannot be concluded that traumatic brain injury causes criminality and violence.


(2) The defense will counter with...

Traumatic brain injury patients should be expected to commit crimes because they have poor cognitive skills, impulsivity, and increased aggression, as well as low tolerance for frustration and poor judgment.


Anon
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 8, 2019 at 9:36 am
Anon, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
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Posted by And Now You Be The Jury, a resident of Stanford

>> If traumatic brain injury is used as a defense:

>> (2) The defense will counter with...

We've seen speculation. If it is correct that the defendant attempted to seek help for mental illness and incapacity, or, that others knew the situation but were unable to help, then, we can chalk up this pathetic situation as more lives lost and ruined due to our "de-institutionalized" non-system for dealing with mental illness and disability. Chalk up another one for Lanterman-Petris-Short. Web Link


No Place For Our Kids To Be
Barron Park
on Jul 8, 2019 at 2:54 pm
No Place For Our Kids To Be, Barron Park
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No Place For Our Kids To Be
Barron Park
on Jul 8, 2019 at 2:58 pm
No Place For Our Kids To Be, Barron Park
on Jul 8, 2019 at 2:58 pm
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Parental common sense would dictate that you'd NEVER let your children wander over there (BV) to play with other children. Too dangerous.


Concerned Parent
Barron Park
on Jul 8, 2019 at 5:19 pm
Concerned Parent, Barron Park
on Jul 8, 2019 at 5:19 pm
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I'd never let my kids go over to this trailer park to play even if I was there to watch over them.

Sounds like asking for trouble...too many questionable people residing there.


A Logical Assessment
Barron Park
on Jul 9, 2019 at 9:26 am
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A Logical Assessment
Barron Park
on Jul 9, 2019 at 6:43 pm
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Same Old...Same Old
Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 10, 2019 at 1:18 pm
Same Old...Same Old, Adobe-Meadow
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> A review (when BV was under private ownership). Maybe things have changed.

Apparently not.

Blight is blight & the area should have been redeveloped towards something more PA appropriate.


Nothing Has Changed
Barron Park
on Jul 10, 2019 at 6:27 pm
Nothing Has Changed, Barron Park
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Another World On Los Robles Avenue
Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 11, 2019 at 2:18 pm
Another World On Los Robles Avenue, Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 11, 2019 at 2:18 pm
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> Hardly. It is amazing that when an opportunity presents itself for below-poverty level residents to reside in a city like Palo Alto, the inhabitants merely accept the offering and do absolutely nothing to improve its surroundings ON THER OWN.

> Still the same old run-down shanty-town. Don't these folks take any pride in their surroundings?

^^^ Possibly attributable to a lack of personal/community interest in one's own neighborhood combined with substance abuse and mental health issues.

BV is essentially a homeless encampment with trailers & it is understandable why some Barron Park residents are not too keen on its presence.


Anon
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 11, 2019 at 3:30 pm
Anon, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
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Posted by A Logical Assessment, a resident of Barron Park

>> Proximity to Buena Vista trailer park also decreases the value of surrounding homes in the adjacent area

Would the current Barron Park neighbor homeowners have been able to purchase the homes they did if the trailer park hadn't been there depressing the value of surrounding homes? Perhaps many in BP have BV to thank for the fact that they were able to afford those houses.

Posted by Same Old...Same Old, a resident of Adobe-Meadow

>> Blight is blight & the area should have been redeveloped towards something more PA appropriate.

I see. It is no longer "appropriate" to live in PA if you are not rich.

Posted by Nothing Has Changed, a resident of Barron Park

>> It's got to come from within & I suspect that living in squalor (albeit in PA) is a pervasive mindset for the majority of them & totally acceptable.

I see. You think that wanting to live in squalor is probably genetic.

Posted by Another World On Los Robles Avenue, a resident of Adobe-Meadow

>> BV is essentially a homeless encampment with trailers & it is understandable why some Barron Park residents are not too keen on its presence.

Since it is essentially a homeless encampment, why not push them out into a real homeless encampment, right? Is this what some folks refer to as "the homeless problem"?

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I guess July 11th must be "National Uncharity Day".


Since We're Neighbors...
Barron Park
on Jul 11, 2019 at 3:43 pm
Since We're Neighbors..., Barron Park
on Jul 11, 2019 at 3:43 pm
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>> Would the current Barron Park neighbor homeowners have been able to purchase the homes they did if the trailer park hadn't been there depressing the value of surrounding homes? Perhaps many in BP have BV to thank for the fact that they were able to afford those houses.

^^^ I'm sure the Barron Park residents adjacent to BV are feeling deeply grateful to their trailer park neighbors for enabling them to purchase a home in PA. Seriously?

> It is no longer "appropriate" to live in PA if you are not rich.

^^^ During pre-Prop 13 one did not necessarily have to be rich. Today...you have to be pretty well-off to afford/buy a home in PA.

> You think that wanting to live in squalor is probably genetic.

^^^ Not genetic. More indicative of lack of personal pride.

> Since it is essentially a homeless encampment, why not push them out into a real homeless encampment, right?

^^^ No one is advocating that extreme. However the BV residents could strive to be better PA neighbors by keeping the place picked-up & not creating unnecessary disturbances of the peace...regardless of their 'personal issues'.


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