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Crime Q&A

What happened to the woman from Rancho Cordova who disappeared in the mid-’90s before her wedding?

– Anonymous, Sacramento

Doris Inzunza disappeared from her Rancho Cordova home in August 1997 and has not been found.

According to stories in The Bee, Inzunza, 41, was last seen about 12:30 a.m. Aug. 26 by a neighbor on Mayo Court. The neighbor reportedly spoke for more than an hour with Inzunza, who was excited about plans to remarry.

Inzunza failed to show up the next day for her job at United Services Auto Association. She left behind her purse and four children, leading to fears that she had been kidnapped.

Stormy relationships in the past had led her to obtain restraining orders against two men and prompted her to co-found a stalking survivors group.

Extensive search efforts by family, friends and law enforcement officers, launched after Inzunza disappeared, failed to turn up any solid leads. Sacramento County sheriff’s detectives eventually classified the case a homicide.

What happened to the defendant Anthony King, who was accused in the 1987 Knights Landing murders?

– Shirley, Sacramento

Anthony King was convicted of first-degree murder in the slayings of three people in September 1987 and was sentenced to 52 years to life in prison.

According to stories in The Bee, King, a Woodland High School student from Knights Landing, was 16 when he and companion Kenneth Bivert, 17, shot three people along the Sacramento River to steal their vehicles.

Steve Patton, a 33-year-old carpenter from West Sacramento, was killed Sept. 6 as he was fishing near Knights Landing. King and Bivert reportedly chatted and shared beers with Patton before Bivert shot Patton, and King helped dump the body into the river. Two days later, Bivert and King killed Dawn Rogers and her husband, Raymond.

King and Bivert were arrested in Oregon a few days later in the Rogerses’ car.

In a plea-bargain agreement, Bivert pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree murder and was sentenced to 53 years to life in prison. He is on death row at San Quentin State Prison for the 1997 murder of Leonard Swartz at Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad. According to testimony, Bivert targeted Swartz because he was a convicted child molester. The California Supreme Court upheld Bivert’s death sentence in 2011.

King, now 43 years old, is at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran.

What happened in the case of Shauna Burton, who is accused of killing an elderly couple in November 2013?

– Concerned Citizen, Sacramento

Shauna Burton remains in Sacramento County jail awaiting trial on murder and robbery charges. Her next court date is March 28.

Burton, 36, was arrested Nov. 4 on suspicion of murdering Melvin Bain, 78, and brutally beating his wife, Jean Bain, 78, in their Rancho Cordova mobile home the previous day. Jean Bain died of her injuries several days later.

The attack on the Bains allegedly was part of a series of crimes that began early Nov. 3. Investigators allege that sometime before 7 a.m., Burton stole a maroon Cadillac Eldorado from a neighbor on Aries Way and drove to a CVS Pharmacy on Zinfandel Drive,where she claimed to have a gun and demanded cash. The robbery was reported to police at 7:12 a.m.

The Cadillac was found abandoned about 9:30 p.m., but sheriff’s officials said detectives believe Burton used the car to visit the Bains’ home sometime between the robbery at the pharmacy and the time the Bains were found. Detectives have said that Burton was acquainted with the Bains and that Melvin Bain occasionally gave her money.

– Cathy Locke