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Woman charged with murder in 3rd husband's death

EL DORADO COUNTY, CA - It's a déjà vu murder case in El Dorado County court.

A Placerville woman acquitted almost 30 years ago for killing her second husband is now charged with killing her third husband.

Colleen Ann Harris, 70, made her first court appearance Wednesday charged with homicide and the enhancement of use of a firearm, according to her assistant defense attorney Dane Weiner. Weiner's father, David Weiner, represented Harris in her first murder trial in 1985 and will represent her in this case.

El Dorado County sheriff deputies arrested Harris Sunday after her husband Robert Harris, 72, was found dead inside her Wilderness Court home.

Robert Harris was a retired law enforcement officer and was active in EDSO's STAR volunteer program, in which retired officers assist the sheriff's office. Robert Harris was well-liked and respected, according to his peers and supervisors.

Man shot, killed by El Dorado Co. deputies identified

POLLOCK PINES, Calif. - El Dorado County sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a home on the 2900 block of Kimberly Lane in Pollock Pines Wednesday night, in response to a call of a suicidal man armed with a gun.

The El Dorado County Sheriff's Department said deputies arrived at the scene around 9:30 p.m. but the man had already left the home.

According to the Sheriff's Dept., deputies canvassed the area and located an armed man standing in the middle of the 6000 block of Pony Express Trail. At some point during the encounter, gunfire was exchanged and the man, later identified as Christopher Michael Sheldon, 38, of Pollock Pines, was fatally wounded. 

The incident is currently being investigated by Sheriff's Coroner investigators and a team of investigators working under the El Dorado County Officer Involved Critical Incident Protocol.

Suspect arrested in Placerville casino murder

EL DORADO COUNTY, CA - A man has been arrested in a fatal stabbing at the Red Hawk Casino Nov. 21.

Gene McArn, 19, of El Dorado County, died from injuries when he was stabbed at the Placerville casino around 10:30 that Wednesday night.

Monday, sheriff's Sgt. Phil Chovanec said the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office received information that suspect Estephan Juarez, 33, was at a residence on Cothrin Ranch Road in the county. Juarez was positively identified and ordered to come out. He was arrested without incident, Chovanec said.

During the apprehension, a dog inside the home ran out and attacked a sheriff's K-9. Deputies shot the aggressive dog which died, Chovanec said.

Placerville nurse ordered to trial for felony elder abuse

PLACERVILLE, CA (AP) - The former head nurse at a California nursing home is facing trial for felony elderly abuse in the death of an Alzheimer's patient.

Investigators say 77-year-old Johnnie Esco was supposed to be constantly monitored by nurses at Placerville's El Dorado Care Center. But she died of fecal impaction in 2008 after 13 days in the nursing home.

The Sacramento Bee says a judge on Tuesday ordered trial for 58-year-old registered nurse Donna Darlene Palmer.

Prosecutors say neglect led to Esco's painful and unnecessary death.

Palmer was one of two nurses charged in the woman's death.

Prosecutors say 39-year-old Rebecca Smith agreed to plead no contest to felony elder abuse in exchange for a possible suspended jail sentence and her willingness to help prosecutors in the Palmer case.