Press Releases


September 18, 2017- Bill Olson Appointed New Chief Investigator for Merced DA Office

Bill Olson has been promoted to the Chief Investigator position with the Merced County District Attorney's Bureau of Investigations, announced District Attorney Larry D. Morse II... Read more about Bill's promotion.

September 7, 2017- District Attorney Announces Conviction Review Unit

District Attorney Larry D. Morse II announced today that he has designated a Conviction Review Unit to review post-conviction claims of actual innocence and has formalized a process to review such claims...Read more about the Conviction Review Unit. 

September 5, 2017- Ten Parents Arrested for Failing to Send Their Kids to School

Ten parents were arrested last week and charged with failing to send their kids to school as part of a countywide truancy sweep coordinated by the Merced County District Attorney's office and the Merced County Office of Education... Read more on the SARB Sweep

August 22, 2017- Three Men Indicted on Murder Charge by a Merced County Grand Jury

A Merced County Grand Jury indicted three validated gang members on Friday morning for the June 11 savage jail house murder of Aaron Bonilla, who was beaten and stomped to death while in custody for auto theft... Read more about Aaron Bonilla's murder.

August 9, 2017- Two Men Convicted of First Degree Murder

William White, 38, of Antioch, and Victor Hernandez, 27, of Modesto, were both convicted of first degree murder and two counts of home invasion robbery, with all gun enhancements found to be true, on Tuesday by a Merced County jury... Read more about White and Hernandez' convictions.

August 1, 2017- Felony and Misdemeanor Charges Filed in 2016 Fatal Bus Crash Near Livingston

The Merced County District Attorney's office filed four felony counts of vehicular manslaughter and five misdemeanor vehicle code violations against Mario David Vasquez of Los Angeles on Monday in connection with an early morning bus crash on August 2nd of 2016 outside of Livingston...Read more about the bus crash

August 1, 2017- New Artist is Featured in Merced County District Attorney's Lobby

Angela Holmes us the latest artist displaying her paintings in the Merced County District Attorney's office lobby. Her paintings, featuring different jungle animals and abstract pieces will be on display through December... Read more about Angela Homes.

June 5, 2017- Man Convicted of Two Separate Homicides

Dionicio Gutierrez-Salazar, 38, of Atwater, was found guilty by a Merced County jury of two counts of first-degree murder with special circumstances on Friday June 2, announced District Attorney Larry D. Morse II...Read more about Gutierrez-Salazar's conviction.

May 17, 2017- New Attorney Sworn in at Merced District Attorney's Office

Jeremy Toscano, 29, a native of Los Banos, was sworn in as a new attorney yesterday by District Attorney Larry D. Morse II at the Merced County District Attorney’s Office... Read more on Jeremy's Swearing in.

May 10, 2017- "Massive" Sweep in Merced County Nets More Than 50 Sureno Gang Members

Nearly 500 federal, state and local law enforcement personnel hit the streets at dawn in Merced County on Wednesday executing search warrants and completing arrests of the more than 50 Sureno criminal street gang members targeted as part of a massive multi-agency gang interdiction effort dubbed “Operation Scrapbook"... Read more about Operation Scrapbook.

April 18, 2017- Charges Filed in Connection with Merced Homicide

The Merced County District Attorney’s Office filed murder charges today against 50-year-old William Li of San Francisco, in connection with the murder of 30-year-old Lijun Wang, whose body was found in a dumpster in February, announced Merced County District Attorney Larry Morse II... Read more about Charges Filed.

April 7, 2017- Man Arrested on $600,000 Warrant Issued by Merced County

Edward Mitchell Jr., 47, was arrested on Wednesday April 5, 2017 at his residence in Eureka, as a result of a $600,000 warrant issued out of Merced County for 14 felony counts of obtaining money, labor or property by false pretenses and 14 felony counts of diversion of construction funds... Read more about Mitchell's Arrest.

March 27, 2017- Merced County District Attorney's Office Celebrates Victims' Rights Week

Marylene Riley, who lost both of her sons to violence in Merced County, will be the featured speaker at the Merced County District Attorney's annual Victims' Rights Week ceremony held at noon on Thursday, April 6, at the Courthouse Park... Read more about Victims' Rights Week.

March 22, 2017- Anna Hazel Named First Woman Supervising Investigator

Anna Hazel has been promoted to the Supervising Investigator position with the Merced County District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigations... Read more about Anna Hazel's Promotion.

February 27, 2017- Repeat Scammer Gets Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison

The Honorable Jeanne Schechter, Commissioner of the Merced Superior Court sentenced Jesse Munoz of Merced to 11 years in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation... Read more about Scammer Sentencing.

February 10, 2017- Court Issues Final Judgment and Injunction Against the Siesta Motel

Merced County Superior Court Judge Brian McCabe issued a Permanent Injunction this week against the Siesta Motel, its owners and operators and ordered that they abate and illegal activities occurring on the premises... Read more about the Injunction on the Siesta Motel.

February 8, 2017- A Credit Scam Has Made Its Way to the Central Valley

Following the recent arrest of two women who tried to use bogus paystubs to gain “pre-approval” for financing at a car dealership, the Merced County District Attorney’s Office is advising local businesses to be extra vigilant in processing credit applications... Read more about the Credit Scam.

February 1, 2017- Dangerous Cockroach Powder Sold at Los Banos Flea Market

An illegal cockroach powder that has been sold recently at the Merced Spring Flea Market is not safe for humans or animals and should not be used in the home, District Attorney Larry Morse II announced today... Read more about the Dangerous Cockroach Powder.

January 10, 2017- District Attorney Announces Victim Services Grant

The Merced County District Attorney's Office has been selected to receive $373,000 through the federal Victims of Crime Act... Read more about Victim Services Grant.

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