Orange County prosecutors won't seek charges in fatal shooting of bail bondsman
Prosecutors will not charge a man in the shooting death of a Newport Beach bail bondsman during an argument in Rancho Santa Margarita last year.
After a five-month investigation, Orange County district attorney's investigators determined there was "insufficient evidence" to file criminal charges against Brian Scott Ostrom for killing Dean Patrick Maldonado on July 17, 2010, according to a letter from prosecutors dated Dec. 8. The letter did not say if prosecutors considered the shooting self-defense.
Maldonado, 49, owned Dean Maldonado Bail Bonds in Newport Beach. He was killed when he showed up at Linda Shaw's home in Rancho Santa Margarita just before midnight.
Orange County Sheriff's Department investigators said Maldonado and Shaw had an off-and-on relationship for years.
-- Joseph Serna