Awards & Media
Aleida is an attorney, true crime writer, and legal analyst of criminal cases. She has appeared as an expert on true crime shows and network news, provided legal commentary on high-profile criminal trials, and been honored for her award-winning stories.
A Deadly Crash: The Richard Sepolio Trial
On October 15, 2016, a pickup truck fell out of the sky, twisting midair as if in a movie, before nosediving to the ground, crushing all life beneath it. It was 3:33 in the afternoon and worlds were shattered. Richard Sepolio, a 25-year-old Navy petty officer had just crashed his truck off the world-famous Coronado Bridge into Chicano Park, killing 4 people and seriously injuring 7 others. Over a thousand people were in the park that day enjoying a festive motorcycle rally when without warning death fell on them from above. Was Richard Sepolio under the influence of alcohol that terrible day or was there some other cause? As his trial began on January 14, 2019, Aleida covered this heartbreaking, gripping, and complicated trial gavel to gavel, providing legal analysis on Fox 5, ABC 10, and KUSI News.
Aleida appeared on the national true crime reality series Snapped, which profiles the riveting true stories of individuals accused of shocking crimes.
Snapped, Season 24, Episode 7
A contentious divorce and custody battle lands one father in the crosshairs of a sniper.
Winner of Best Brief
University of San Diego School of Law
Alumni Tort Competition
Winner of True Crime: Case Files’ true crime writing contest. “The Murder Trial of Regina Johnson: She Killed Her Husband, But Did She Kill the Daughter She Loved?”
What really happened in the Johnson home on a terrible May day that left two people dead? According to the prosecution, Regina Johnson ambushed and executed her daughter and husband, and then “left them to rot for three days while she thought about how to get away with it.” The defense maintained Regina shot her husband, but only after he killed their daughter during a violent family argument. Did Regina love her daughter way too much to ever harm her?
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Winner of True Crime Writing Contest
True Crime: Case Files Magazine
“The Murder Trial of Regina Johnson: She Killed Her Husband, But Did She Kill the Daughter She Loved?”
Aleida appeared on the popular paranormal investigative series The Dead Files to talk about the brutal murder of a 13-year-old girl. Who would want to harm a sweet junior high school girl and why?
The Dead Files, Season 9, Episode 12
Evil Descends – Murrieta, California