September 21, 2020 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Pretrial Hearing This Morning For Man Charged In 1998 Santa Monica Murder Of German Tourist:

Paul Edmond Carpenter, the man charged in the 1998 Santa Monica shooting death of a German tourist during a botched robbery near a beachfront hotel is scheduled for a pretrial hearing this morning.

Carpenter is facing charges of murdering Horst Fietze, the tourist who had been visiting California from Germany with a group of friends. Today’s pretrial hearing will be held at the LAX branch courthouse.

According to Santa Monica police at the time, Carpenter, his girlfriend, and two others attempted to rob a group of German tourists with whom Fietze had been traveling with in Santa Monica on Oct. 12, 1998. During the robbery, Fietze was shot to death.

Based on an investigation by detectives with the Santa Monica Police Department at the time, Carpenter’s girlfriend and two friends were arrested and convicted for the crime.

However, an outstanding warrant remained for Carpenter’s arrest. On Feb. 9, 1999, Carpenter was charged with murder and attempted robbery by the Los Angeles District Attorney in Municipal Court of Santa Monica.

The FBI obtained a federal arrest warrant on February 12, 1999 when detectives with Santa Monica PD determined that Carpenter had fled the state of California. The warrant, filed in United States District Court, Central District of California, was obtained after Carpenter was charged federally with Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution. After the murder, investigators believe Carpenter traveled within the U.S., possibly by bus, before fleeing abroad.

In 2009, the FBI received information that led to Carpenter’s location in Jamaica, where he had been employed for several years. Carpenter, a U.S. citizen, had been living there using false identification, and was deported to the U.S. by Jamaican authorities.

Follow The Mirror on Twitter: twitter.com/SMMirror

Follow The Mirror on Facebook: facebook.com/SMMirror

in News
Related Posts

4.6 Quake Felt in Santa Monica

September 19, 2020

September 19, 2020

4.6 magnitude quake recorded Friday night By Sam Catanzaro A 4.6 magnitude earthquake struck the San Gabriel Valley Friday sending...

Edify TV: Miramar Santa Monica Redevelopment

September 18, 2020

September 18, 2020

The Santa Monica skyline may look different in the future with a major redevelopment of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel &...

‘Fresh Prince Of Bel Air’ Mansion For Rent On AirBnb

September 18, 2020

September 18, 2020

Today on Westside Cribz, 30th anniversary of “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” Airbnb is renting out the mansion for...

SMMUSD Kindergarten Enrollment Down 20% : Santa Monica Beat – September, 17, 2020

September 17, 2020

September 17, 2020

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * SMMUSD Kindergarten Enrollment Down 20% * As Covid-19 Cases Drop Will...

Edify TV: Sit-down Dining Safety?

September 17, 2020

September 17, 2020

Despite a recent CDC report stating the risks of in-person dining, many Westside restaurant patrons feel the experience is safe....

Sur La Table Closing Santa Monica Location

September 16, 2020

September 16, 2020

1930s building listed for lease By Sam Catanzaro Sur La Table, the popular kitchenware retail chain, is closing its downtown...

Death by Suicide at Santa Monica Place

September 16, 2020

September 16, 2020

Man dies by suicide Wednesday morning By Sam Catanzaro A man died by suicide at Santa Monica Place mall Wednesday....

Santa Monica Partners With Local Elementary Schools to Provide More Outdoor Spaces

September 16, 2020

September 16, 2020

Playground Partnership agreement goes live By Toi Creel The City of Santa Monica and local schools are working together to...

Charges Filed Against Man for Sexually Assaulting Elderly Victims

September 16, 2020

September 16, 2020

Juan Victor Mendoza faces four felony charges Prosecutors have filed charges against a man for sexually assaulting elderly victims at...

COVID-19 Continues to Decrease in County but Air Quality Reducing Testing

September 15, 2020

September 15, 2020

Smoke advisory in effect through Wednesday By Sam Catanzaro While COVID-19 cases continue to decrease in Los Angeles County, health...

Edify TV: Westsiders Working out Amid Poor Air Quality

September 15, 2020

September 15, 2020

With poor air quality due to wildfire smoke, local health officials are urging the public to avoid outdoor activity but...

COVID-19 Could Have Been in Area as Early as Last December

September 15, 2020

September 15, 2020

UCLA study reports significant increase in coughs and acute respiratory failure prior to first official cases of COVID-19 By Sam...

Willy California Wants Men to Rethink Their Closet

September 15, 2020

September 15, 2020

Local clothing line reimagines athleisure By Toi Creel With ranges in styles for men’s clothing from suits and professional clothing...

Police Searching For Robbery Suspects: Santa Monica Beat – September, 14, 2020

September 14, 2020

September 14, 2020

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Police Searching For Robbery Suspects * Should School Board Representatives Have...