On Friday morning, around 11 a.m., in Department 19 of the South County Justice Center in Porterville, Adel Hussein sat in the designated inmate seating waiting for his case to be called by presiding judge Antonio Reyes.
Hussein is accused of murdering Brittney Steenbergen of Plainview on or around New Year’s Eve. It was reported he then left her body near the border and fled to Mexico, where he was apprehended by other law enforcement agencies.
On Friday, after Reyes called his case, Hussein stood and was joined by his public defender who greeted Reyes with a “Good morning your honor.”
Hussein’s public defender then stated there’s a considerable amount of discoveries in the case, and for that reason Hussein was waiving his time. He requested the court push his preliminary hearing confirmation back by 60 days. The prosecution had no objections to this request.
A small discussion about what dates would work for all parties involved ensued, before March 27 was agreed upon.
Reyes then read Hussein’s rights to him, and clarified he was waiving them. Hussein agreed.
Hussein is being charged with murder and the special circumstance of torture, corporal injury to a spouse, false imprisonment by violence, and torture. The charges are enhanced by special allegations of strike and felony priors, use of a deadly weapon, and that the crimes inflicted great bodily injury under the circumstance of domestic violence. Hussein faces the death penalty or life without the possibility of parole if convicted.
Hussein will be seen in court again on March 27, in Department 19 of the South County Justice Center at 8:30 a.m.