BREAKING: DUI offender who struck, killed CHP officer on I-15 convicted of murder

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Following a week of deliberations, a Murrieta jury returned the unanimous verdict against Michael Joseph Callahan of Winchester, also finding him guilty of a sentence-enhancing allegation of causing great bodily injury in the death of CHP Officer Steve Lawrence Licon, pictured, of Perris. Valley News/Courtesy photo
A 39-year-old drunken driver who struck a California Highway Patrol officer writing a ticket on the shoulder of Interstate 15 in Lake Elsinore was convicted Friday, Aug. 27, of second-degree murder. Following a week of deliberations, a Murrieta jury returned the unanimous verdict against Michael Joseph Callahan of Winchester, also finding him guilty of a sentence-enhancing allegation of causing great bodily injury in the death of 53-year-old Steve Lawrence Licon of Perris. “The verdict has factual basis. It is supported by the evidence,” Riverside County Superior Court Judge Timothy Freer said. The judge acknowledged that jurors were locked in “intense” discussions before reaching a decision, and he expressed his sympathies, saying all the factors in the case made it a dif
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