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Officers who cracked Mittelman case honored

Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills President Jeff England and Det. Sgt. Tom Hoagland honor Det. Paul Hadjes, Det. Mike Lensing, deputy Steven Fulton and Det. Ken Barber, left to right, as the club's Officers of the Year. Not pictured, deputy Simon Brown. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

They said it was a suicide. It wasn’t. Shortly after arriving at the home of victim Valerie Rita Mittelman in June 2010, El Dorado County sheriff’s officers knew things weren’t right and an investigation began that ended with Steven Howard Mittelman’s first-degree murder conviction earlier this year. Wednesday, the five key players in the investigation — […]

Comments Off / November 16, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Mittelman sentencing continued

The sentencing of convicted killer Steven Howard Mittelman was continued last month. Mittelman, 56, of El Dorado Hills, was found guilty in September of fatally shooting his ex-wife, Valerie Rita Mittelman, in their apartment on the evening of June 17, 2010. Mittelman, who is facing 50 years to life in prison, had been set for […]

Comments Off / November 04, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Guilty: Mittelman convicted of first-degree murder

MURDER DEFENDANT Steven Howard Mittleman and his attorney, Bob Banning, confer before Judge Proud enters the chambers and the guilty verdict is read. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Steven Howard Mittelman was convicted of the June 2010 first-degree murder of ex-wife Valerie Rita Mittelman Thursday morning, less than 24 hours after jurors began their deliberations. A jury of six men and six women found Mittelman, 56, guilty of murdering his ex with a single gunshot to the head on the evening June 17, […]

Comments Off / September 29, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Mittelman trial: Ex-wife’s slaying manslaughter, attorney says

Steven Howard Mittelman always wanted to be a father. Wife Valerie, already with children from a previous relationship, was against the idea of starting a family with a husband eight years her junior. Only several years after the fact did Mittelman learn that Valerie, in 1979, had an abortion while they were still a couple. […]

Comments Off / September 28, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Mittelman trial: Former flame called to testify; prosecution rests

ACCUSED MURDERER Steven Mittelman, right, talks with his attorney Robert Banning before proceedings Tuesday. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

Needing an escape from the two women in his life, Steven Howard Mittelman sought out a third. It had been more than 30 years since Mittelman last spoke to Judy Fuellenbach, but when the stresses of his home and work lives became too much, Mittelman tracked his former lover down. “He wanted to be free,” […]

Comments Off / September 27, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Mittelman murder trial: Living dynamic explored; stories change

Jilted and broke, Valerie Rita Mittelman called her ex-husband and pleaded for financial help in November 2008. By Thanksgiving that year, she traded her life in Georgia for a tiny El Dorado Hills apartment occupied by Steven Howard Mittelman and then-wife, Gail. Valerie worked tirelessly at Mittelman’s Placerville liquor store, taking home $30 a week […]

Comments Off / September 26, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Mittelman murder trial: Ex-wife’s autopsy results revealed

A litany of health problems threatened a premature end to the life of Valerie Rita Mittelman. But it was a single gunshot wound to the head that ultimately killed the 63-year-old El Dorado Hills woman on June 17, 2010. El Dorado County jurors Tuesday learned that Valerie Mittelman suffered only one injury on the evening […]

Comments Off / September 23, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

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