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Lodi crash suspect Ryan Morales appears in court

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Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 2:37 pm | Updated: 7:03 am, Thu Nov 14, 2013.

With one leg in a thick cast, Ryan Christopher Morales was wheeled into a Stockton courtroom Wednesday afternoon to be arraigned on six counts of murder, two felony counts of DUI and multiple other criminal charges stemming from an October crash that killed six members of a Lodi family, including an unborn child.

The 28-year-old Lodi man sat confined to a wheelchair, wearing a red jumpsuit that marked him as a high-risk inmate, as a San Joaquin County Superior Court judge read each of the 15 counts during a hearing that lasted no more than 10 minutes.

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  • Scott Welk posted at 10:06 am on Fri, Nov 15, 2013.

    scottwelk Posts: 1

    Something is wrong with the court system. The small amount of time spent for some of the crimes he was charged with blows me away. I think he used up all of his mercy requests over the last 10 years.

    100 mph on Ham Lane, I don't get it. I've never driven drunk but if it were me I think I would drive a mile or two under the speed limit and concentrate on staying between the lines. Lock him up throw away the key, and his family needs to get ready to put money on his books every month so he can have Oreo's and cup o soup

  • Doug Chaney posted at 6:14 am on Fri, Nov 15, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 502

    Just more of racist Lodi.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 6:13 am on Fri, Nov 15, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 502

    Don't judge a book by its color.

  • Elise Middlecamp posted at 12:03 pm on Thu, Nov 14, 2013.

    Elise Middlecamp Posts: 20

    The Morales family needs to face the music. The community will never forgive this human for what he did. He could serve the rest of his life cleaning up the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan and we'd still condemn him for what he is, for what he's shown us he is.

    In fact, that may be the only way he could trick people into thinking he's a decent being. Too bad he'll never get that chance.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 7:29 am on Thu, Nov 14, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 502

    Where was the outpouring from the Caucasian community over this tragedy involving the Latino family? I only see you name calling. I saw none of you at the school for the remembrance and ceremony.

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 4:29 pm on Wed, Nov 13, 2013.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2304

    "Meanwhile, a man who only identified himself as Ryan Morales’ uncle, pleaded the public to have mercy on his nephew.

    “He had an accident. Everybody makes mistakes,” he said. “He’s loving, he’s caring, and he’ll help anybody. He just had an accident."

    IF I could uses stronger l would. This is cow feces. This was NOT an accident, this was NOT a mistake. This was a deliberate and callous action than cost 6 people their life. This was a son, who drank himself into a stupor, and used a vehicle that did not belong to him as a weapon on public roads. That the family is DEFENDING Morales as a good and decent man is nauseating. He had a pattern of not caring about other people lives and the family still defends him.

  • Jerry Bransom posted at 4:22 pm on Wed, Nov 13, 2013.

    Jerry Bransom Posts: 365

    This SOB has been arrested 16 times and his family says "He had an accident. Everybody makes mistakes, He’s loving, he’s caring, and he’ll help anybody. He just had an accident."
    There has to be a standard for stupidity and I think these people are below the acceptable level.

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