The case of the shattered windshield, a dead fish and a rose is finally moving forward.
Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano and his alleged hired hand, Alexander Proctor, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that they threatened reporter Anita Busch in 2002 to scare her off a story.
Pellicano and Proctor, both 65, were charged four years ago in the threat on Busch's life. Busch, who was then working for the Los Angeles Times, found the fish with a rose in its mouth on the broken windshield of her car along with a sign reading "Stop," court documents allege. The windshield was punctured and made to appear like a bullet hole, prosecutors wrote in the complaint against the two men.
Los Angeles County district attorney's spokeswoman Jane Robison said the case was called for arraignment this week because Proctor, who is serving a 10-year sentence on an unrelated federal drug conviction, made a demand for a speedy trial. Pellicano, who is acting as his own attorney, as he did in his two federal criminal trials, showed up in court wearing an orange prison jumpsuit and a pair of sunglasses because of an eye condition, Robison said.