• Man Found Guilty in 1981 Carmel Valley Murders

    El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson today announced the conviction of serial killer Joseph Michael Nissensohn for the 1981 Monterey County murders of 13 year old Tammy Jarschke and 14 year old Tanya Jones, and for the 1989 South Lake Tahoe murder of 15 year old Kathy Graves.

    On October 31, 2013, a South Lake Tahoe jury found Defendant Nissensohn guilty of three first degree murders, and also found true additional special circumstances allegations – including the prior 1989 Washington murder of Sally Jo Tsaggaris. The guilt phase of the trial started with jury selection over five months ago on May 14, 2013. The Defendant is facing the death penalty, with the penalty phase of the trial scheduled to start on November 12, 2013 in South Lake Tahoe.

    Defendant Nissensohn was convicted of the Washington murder in 1991 and was due to be released at the end of his sentence in 2008. At that time, in agreement with the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office, El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office consolidated all three murders to be tried at the same time. District Attorney Vern Pierson stated “A very bad person is finally being held to account for his actions as the direct result of a dedicated team. The victims and their families are entitled to nothing less.”


    posted to Cedar Street Times on November 7, 2013

    Topics: Police Log


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