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November 30, 1990 | TAMMERLIN DRUMMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Municipal Court judge ordered an 18-year-old Stanton man to stand trial on felony assault charges Thursday for allegedly throwing a piece of glass that slashed Amber Jefferson's face during a brawl last August. After four days of pretrial testimony, Judge Michael Beecher ruled that there was ample evidence to bring Kurt David Wimberly to trial on the felony mayhem charges, although no one has admitted to seeing him throw the glass. The trial is scheduled to begin Dec. 13.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 1991
After reading Tammerlin Drummond's column ("Reporter's Notebook: Tragic Case Left Its Scar on Everybody," March 24) about the Amber Jefferson case, I have a question. The story makes it clear that, following the incident, many people, including "Hollywood celebrities and civil rights activists" vilified the Orange County Sheriff's Department regarding the initial investigation. These people accused the Sheriff's Department of covering up the incident and that the investigation was "just another example of the racism prevalent in Orange County."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 1990 | Dana Parsons
If this were New York City, 15-year-old Amber Jefferson would be a cottage industry by now. Pictures of her swollen, slashed face would have done wonders for tabloid newspapers. Her name would be spray-painted on tenement walls. You can almost picture the slogan: "Remember Amber." The phone lines on call-in radio would be lit up all night. Film at 11. Amber wouldn't be a kid anymore; she'd be a cause.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 1991 | TAMMERLIN DRUMMOND
As a reporter, you're afforded a window seat to many of the bizarre, sad, uplifting and unusual stories that make up our society. But I have found few as strange as the tragic Amber Jefferson case, which I have covered for this newspaper. It all began seven months ago with a morning telephone call to The Times from a black woman named Katie Jefferson in Los Angeles.
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December 13, 1990 | TAMMERLIN DRUMMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The trial of a Stanton man accused of throwing a piece of glass that disfigured 15-year-old Amber Jefferson in a brawl four months ago gets under way today in Superior Court. Kurt David Wimberly, 18, stands accused of felony mayhem in connection with the Aug. 6 fight that left the Garden Grove cheerleader with a scar down the left side of her face. If convicted, Wimberly could face up to nine years in prison.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1990 | TAMMERLIN DRUMMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 19-year-old who was credited with saving the life of a high school cheerleader during a highly publicized brawl four months ago is a woman who has been impersonating a man, sheriff's officials said Thursday. Sheriff's Department spokesman Lt. Richard J. Olson said investigators discovered Lewis Jones' true identity--Teresa Jones of Anaheim--on Wednesday after she was taken to Orange County Jail in Santa Ana on suspicion of burglary.
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September 12, 1990 | JERRY HICKS and TAMMERLIN DRUMMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Orange County prosecutors Tuesday filed assault and weapons charges against a white teen-ager, two white men and one black man as a result of a street fight that resulted in near-fatal head injuries to a 15-year-old black Garden Grove girl. However, they ruled out race as a motive for the violence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 1990 | TAMMERLIN DRUMMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County Juvenile Court judge gave prosecutors the go-ahead Wednesday to try a 17-year-old white youth as an adult for allegedly throwing the piece of glass that disfigured 15-year-old Amber Jefferson in what her supporters claim was a racially motivated crime. As Amber's mother sobbed, Judge C. Robert Jameson ordered Kurt David Wimberly held in lieu of $50,000 bail in connection with the Aug. 7 brawl outside the youth's Stanton home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 1990 | TAMMERLIN DRUMMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A witness to a brawl that left a 15-year-old girl seriously injured in August testified Tuesday that the girl told him that he could make $1,000 if he told police that the fight was racially motivated. The testimony came from Matt Stewart, 17, who was with Amber Jefferson the night she was cut by a shard of glass during a fight between two groups of young people outside a Stanton apartment complex.
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September 7, 1990 | TAMMERLIN DRUMMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
FBI officials announced Thursday that they have reviewed the case of a 15-year-old Garden Grove cheerleader who was beaten and slashed last month in what some activists allege was a racially motivated incident and have decided not to pursue an investigation. The news dealt a blow to the victim's family, which had been calling for an independent federal inquiry into the case, alleging that the Orange County Sheriff's Department had mishandled the investigation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 1991 | TAMMERLIN DRUMMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Stanton man was released from jail Monday after pleading guilty to felony assault in the slashing of 15-year-old Amber Jefferson during a highly publicized brawl last August. Orange County Superior Court Judge Theodore E. Millard sentenced 18-year-old Kurt David Wimberly to three years' probation in an agreement worked out between his attorney and prosecutors. Wimberly, who has been in custody since shortly after the Aug. 6 incident, was released from Orange County Jail Monday evening.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 1991 | TAMMERLIN DRUMMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Based on a recommendation by prosecutors, an Orange County judge Tuesday dismissed criminal charges against a Stanton man charged with assault and battery in connection with a highly publicized brawl that left a Garden Grove teen-ager disfigured. Municipal Judge Daniel J. Didier dismissed the charges against Earl Wimberly, 42, who was charged with striking Ralph Jones, 17, with a baseball bat during a melee involving more than a dozen people. It was during that Aug.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 1990
I have just finished reading your latest mumbo-jumbo on Orange County et al trying to clean up the obscene and overt racism case of Amber Jefferson. After the who saids and what saids and when saids, you are still left with the word nigger and a brown-skinned child's face, from mixed parents, badly scarred for life. More important than the physical scar on her face is the scar left in her mind and in the minds of so many others. Will America meet her challenge?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1990 | TAMMERLIN DRUMMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 19-year-old who was credited with saving the life of a high school cheerleader during a highly publicized brawl four months ago is a woman who has been impersonating a man, sheriff's officials said Thursday. Sheriff's Department spokesman Lt. Richard J. Olson said investigators discovered Lewis Jones' true identity--Teresa Jones of Anaheim--on Wednesday after she was taken to Orange County Jail in Santa Ana on suspicion of burglary.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1990 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two teen-agers who were with a 15-year-old Stanton girl the night her face was slashed during a well-publicized brawl were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of burglary, law enforcement authorities said. Lewis Jones, 19, and a 16-year-old boy, both of Anaheim, were arrested by sheriff's deputies about 3 p.m. at an Anaheim motel in connection with a residential burglary that occurred Monday. The name of the 16-year-old was not released because of his age. Orange County Sheriff's Lt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1990 | DANA PARSONS
On Sept. 11, Dist. Atty. Michael R. Capizzi said no hate-crime charges would be filed in the Amber Jefferson case. The 15-year-old high school sophomore had already become something of a cause celebre, with some people claiming that an attack on her a month earlier had been racially motivated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1990
What happened to Amber Jefferson was a barbaric, savage, disgusting incident, and the fact that the Orange County Sheriff's Department has not made any arrests makes me fighting mad. Regardless of how the confrontation started, it is obvious that Amber had nothing to do with it, was an innocent bystander and was trying to get away when she was attacked. If an arrest and prosecution of the assailants does not occur, I will only have to come to the conclusion that there is no such thing as "equal protection under law."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1990 | TAMMERLIN DRUMMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Stanton man was arraigned in Superior Court on Thursday for allegedly throwing a piece of glass that left Amber Jefferson, a 15-year-old Garden Grove cheerleader, with a deep gash down one side of her face. Judge Myron Brown ordered that Kurt David Wimberly, 18, stand trial Feb. 25. Wimberly is charged with felony mayhem and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to inflict great bodily harm stemming from an Aug. 6 fight between two groups of young people outside his home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 1990 | TAMMERLIN DRUMMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The trial of a Stanton man accused of throwing a piece of glass that disfigured 15-year-old Amber Jefferson in a brawl four months ago gets under way today in Superior Court. Kurt David Wimberly, 18, stands accused of felony mayhem in connection with the Aug. 6 fight that left the Garden Grove cheerleader with a scar down the left side of her face. If convicted, Wimberly could face up to nine years in prison.
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