Suspect Faces New Charges in Arcata Stabbing Death

Humboldt Justice with John Chiv

John Chiv covers the local legal system for his blog. He shares his observations on some of the more high profile trials with us in our Humboldt Justice guest column.

On October 25, 52-year-old Arcata resident Anthony Michael Pennucci was found dying from multiple stab wounds outside his apartment in Courtyard Circle. In spite of treatment being immediately started, he succumbed to his wounds in the hospital later.

Yesterday, the suspect in his death, 18-year-old Richard Dean of Hoopa, was arraigned in court on five new charges.

Chiv describes yesterday’s court proceedings:


Richard Dean already facing charges in the stabbing of 52-year-old Anthony Michael Pennucci was arraigned on new charges, two felonies and three misdemeanors.

Dean appeared in court in front of Judge John Feeney. He was shackled in chains and dressed in a red jumpsuit which means that the inmate is in “administrative segregation.”


Richard Dean

Count 1 attempted second degree robbery, Count 2 criminal threats with a special allegation that Dean used a deadly weapon in the commission of the crime, a knife, Count 3 is vandalism and Counts 4 and 5 are petty theft. Counts 3, 4 and 5 are misdemeanors.

Bail in this new case was set at $140,000.

Deputy District Attorney David Christiansen was present for the People.

Public Defender Casey Russo entered not guilty pleas and denial of the special allegation on behalf of Dean. A 10 day time waiver was entered for the preliminary hearing. The date for that hearing in this case is December 14, with an intervention hearing scheduled for December 13.


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