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Orange County Man Charged with Murdering His 72 Year Old Wife

Posted by Courtney Pilchman | Oct 16, 2009 | 0 Comments

Kenneth Joseph Leake, 75, a resident of Costa Mesa will be arraigned today on charges of murdering his wife, Doris Leake, 72. Kenneth Leake was initially charged with attempted murder after allegedly firing four shots to her head using a .32 caliber handgun. Doris Leake was transported to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana and underwent surgery to remove the bullets. Mrs. Leake never regained consciousness and died October 8, 2009 from swelling to her brain as a result of the gunshot wounds.

Initially, Kenneth Leake was charged with attempted murder in the September 17, 2009 shooting, however when his wife died, prosecutors amended the complaint to charge him with murder. Kenneth Leake will be arraigned in Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach this morning and is currently being held on $1 million bail.

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Courtney Pilchman was a Deputy District Attorney for over six years prior to becoming a criminal defense attorney. She was a member of some of the most elite prosecution units including crimes against children, family violence, and sexual assault. She prosecuted very high profile cases and had a ...


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