EUREKA- The preliminary hearing for double-homicide suspect Jason Warren continued Thursday. He is the man accused of killing a Hoopa woman and running down three joggers, one of which was also killed. In the courtroom Thursday we learned more about the second crime in which Warren is allegedly tied to.
Police said former HSU instructor Suzanne Seemann was jogging with two friends along Old Arcata Road just after 5 a.m. Sept. 27, 2012 when a car allegedly driven by Warren hit all three of them.
The prosecution called several witnesses to the stand Thursday morning; one of them was the woman who called 911. She said she was traveling southbound on Old Arcata Road when she noticed a car ahead of her driving in the wrong lane, then she saw an injured person lying in the middle of the road.
Later on that same morning around 7 a.m. officers said they were called to the Adult Day Health Center in Eureka for an abandoned suspicious vehicle found in the parking lot, possibly tied to the earlier hit and run. According to police testimony the car had a broken windshield, front-end damage, and what appeared to be blood and hair found on the windshield. The car is suspected to be Dorothy Ulrich’s, the woman who was killed inside of her Hoopa home earlier that same morning.
On Wednesday Warren’s wife testified and identified Warren as the voice captured on surveillance footage from victim Dorothy Ulrich’s Hoopa home the day she was killed. Ulrich’s sister-in-law testified Wednesday and identified Ulrich’s voice as the woman heard in that same video pleading for her life.
An evidence technician with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office testified that she found two items on Sept. 27, 2012, a small sword that she found in a bedroom of the home and a piece of a metal from the sword that she found near Ulrich's body. However, it is unknown if that was the weapon used in Ulrich's murder.
The hearing is expected to resume Friday morning.
Warren is facing two counts of Murder, two counts of Attempted Murder, and two special allegation charges for Lying in Wait, and Torture. If convicted, he could receive the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole.