by Virginia McCullough 12/21/09

An amended complaint naming special allegations of multiple murder under Penal Code 190.2(a)(3) was filed against defendant James “Jimmy” George Hughes by Deputy Attorney General Michael T. Murphy on Friday, December 18, 2009 in the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Riverside, Indio Branch.

This particular code section reads as follows:

190 (a) The penalty for a defendant who is found guilty of murder in the first degree is death or imprisonment in the state prison for life without
the possibility of parole if one or more of the following special circumstances has been found under Section 190.4 to be true:

     (3) The defendant, in this proceeding, has been convicted of more than one offense of murder in the first or second degree.

The three victims killed on or about June 29, 1981 and named in the amended complaint are Fred Alvarez (Count 2 – Murder), Patricia Castro (Count 3 – Murder) and Ralph Boger (Count 4 – Murder).

In Count 1, Conspiracy to Commit a Crime, it is alleged “that on or about June 27, 1981, in the County of Riverside, State of California James Hughes did unlawfully conspire with John Nichols, John Paul Nichols, Glen Heggstad and other persons whose identities are unknown, to commit the crime of Murder, in violation of Penal Code section 187, subdivision (a), a felony”.

These allegations remain the same as stated in the original complaint.

The alleged motive behind the triple execution remains the same as in the original complaint “to prevent Fred Alvarez from exposing the illegal activities of John Philip Nichols, occurring at the Cabazon Reservation”

The next hearing, in Riverside referred to as a settlement conference, will be held on April 9, 2009 at 1:30 pm in Department 3P.

In the interim Jimmy Hughes is being held no bail at the Riverside County Jail in Indio, California and he can receive mail at the following address:

James George Hughes
Booking Number 200954932

Riverside County Jail
Post Office Box 1748
Indio, California 92202

Hughes is represented by Florida Attorney Rene Sotorrio and Riverside attorney Steven L. Harmon in

People of the State of California
James Hughes - Case No. INF066719
Defendant #754056

Virginia McCullough © 12/12/09