SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today offered rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction in a California court of the person or persons responsible for the following unsolved murder cases in California.The following is a brief description of each crime and the reward amount offered:
On October 31, 2008, 18-year-old Colin Reid was standing in the courtyard of an apartment complex in Sacramento when the suspect approached him and shot him in the head with a handgun. The Governor is offering a reward in the amount of $50,000. It was requested by Sacramento Police Chief Rick Braziel.
On February 11, 2009, 42-year-old Hongguang Zhu was shot and killed while he slept in his vehicle, which was parked behind the restaurant where he worked in Irvine. The Governor is offering a reward in the amount of $50,000. It was requested by Irvine Police Chief David L. Maggard, Jr. Under the Governor’s Reward program, 260 rewards have been offered since 1967 and 19 have been paid. The reward process is initiated when the Governor receives a written request from the chief of the law enforcement agency with investigatory jurisdiction over the matter.
This request informs the Governor that (1) those responsible for the investigation have pursued all leads and believe, in their independent judgment, that a reward will help them in their efforts, (2) the crime is one for which a reward may be offered under California law and (3) the victims’ families support the reward. The Governor’s legal affairs unit processes the request and ensures statutory compliance. The Governor makes the final determination regarding the request.
Rewards may be offered for specified crimes under the California Penal Code and subject to statutory maximums. Rewards do not expire and are only paid if the information leads to the arrest and conviction in a California court of the individual or individuals charged with the crime.