Fullerton triple homicide
In September, 2016, a triple homicide occurred in Fullerton, California, USA. Several of the people involved were active within the furry fandom, and knew each other through La Habra Fur Bowling, a fursuit bowling social group.
On September 19, 2016, Frank "Entey" Felix messaged fellow furry Cody Dunn on Facebook that he was stressed about things he couldn't talk about, and "might be assisting someone in murder". When asked for more details, he claimed he had only been talking about "killing an animal".
At 8:26 a.m., police officers responded to a house in the 400 block of South Gilbert Street in Fullerton, and found three adults (two men and a woman) dead inside. All of the bodies had "obvious signs of trauma", and later reports elaborated that all three were shot.
Police also located two children inside, ages six and nine. The six-year-old had been the 911 caller. The children were provided with counselling services and taken into the care of relatives.
The victims were eventually identified as Jennifer Goodwill Yost ("Jen-ma" in the furry fandom), her husband Christopher Yost (no relation to Chris "Foxx" Yost), and friend of the family Arthur William Boucher. The two young children found in the house were the children of Christopher and Jennifer.
Police immediately began searching for the children's older sister, 17-year-old Katlynn Goodwill Yost ("Daydreamer Foxwolf" in the furry fandom), who was described as a "missing/at-risk person". She was eventually found safe.
At 8:45 a.m. on Sunday September 25, police arrested two males in connection with the crime. They were identified as 21-year-old Josh Acosta ("Josh Lennon" in the furry/brony fandom) of Fort Irwin and 25-year-old Frank Felix ("Entey Felix" in the furry fandom) of Sun Valley.
A 17-year-old girl was also detained, but state law prevented officers from disclosing the identity of juveniles placed into police custody. Acosta and Felix were held on $1 million bail each, whilst the girl was held in custody at the Orange County Juvenile Hall.
On Tuesday September 27, Acosta and Felix were charged with three counts of murder, "with the charges including the special circumstance allegation of committing multiple murders". No charges were filed against the 17-year-old girl.
On October 28, the arraignment hearing began at the Santa Ana jail. Prior to getting started, Judge Craig E. Robinson asked the defendants' counsels if a request to have media present in the courtroom would be granted, but neither side agreed to have coverage, "given lack of notice". After that, Felix was heard first, and his counsel - speaking on his behalf - requested an alternate arraigment date. This was granted and set for January 13, 2017, at 10 a.m. The same request was granted for Acosta.
On January 13, Felix and Acosta both pleaded not guilty, and were ordered back to court for a pre-trial hearing on March 24.
October 22, 2018 Jury trial for Acosta begins.
OC Register reports Katlynn is receiving immunity for her testimony.
November 8, 2018 Jury finds Acosta guilty of; 3 counts Murder - first degree (187(a) PC), 3 counts of special circumstances due to more than single murder victim (190.2(a)(3) PC), 3 counts discharging firearm causing bodily injury or death (12022.53(d) PC).
December 14, 2018 Joshua Acosta was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences with no possibility of parole, along with an additional 75 years to life for the special-circumstance murder charges.
The relatives of the Yosts set up a GoFundMe campaign to help with funeral expenses and support the two young girls.
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- "Case number: 16NF2644" - California Supreme Court website case access. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
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- "The Yost Family" page on GoFundMe
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