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November 8, 2000 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 15-year-old boy was ordered to stand trial as an adult Tuesday in the slayings of two boys on a La Crescenta schoolyard. After a preliminary hearing, Glendale Superior Court Judge Barbara Lee Burke ruled prosecutors had sufficient evidence to try Michael Hrayr Demirdjian on two counts of murder, with the special circumstances of torture and robbery, in the July deaths of Blaine Talmo Jr., 14, and Christopher McCulloch, 13. Demirdjian is also charged with two counts of robbery.
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November 8, 2000
A 15-year-old boy was ordered to stand trial as an adult Tuesday in the slayings of two boys at a La Crescenta schoolyard. After a preliminary hearing, Glendale Superior Court Judge Barbara Lee Burke ruled prosecutors had sufficient evidence to try Michael Hrayr Demirdjian on two counts of murder, with the special circumstances of torture and robbery in the July deaths of Blaine Talmo Jr., 14, and Christopher McCulloch, 13. Demirdjian is also charged with two counts of robbery.
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November 7, 2000
More than one killer may be responsible for the gruesome playground slayings of two teenage boys in La Crescenta, and the crime may have been gang-related, a police investigator said Monday. Michael Hrayr Demirdjian, a 15-year-old boy charged as an adult with the murders of the two boys, is linked to the notorious Crips gang, testified Dennis Smith, a robbery-homicide investigator for Glendale Police Department, during the first day of preliminary hearings in Glendale Superior Court.
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April 30, 2003 | Hilda M. Munoz, Times Staff Writer
An appeals court on Tuesday upheld a teenager's conviction for killing two youths on a school playground in La Crescenta nearly three years ago. Michael Demirdjian argued that there was insufficient evidence to support his conviction and that two life sentences without the possibility of parole are cruel and unusual punishment. But the 2nd District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles concluded that evidence gathered from the youth's home and cuts on his hands confirmed Demirdjian's involvement in the killings.
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August 26, 1997 | RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A woman who authorities said fired a handgun into a Pasadena law office Monday died of multiple wounds from gunshots, apparently fired by police. Authorities received a call from neighbors at 7:05 p.m. that a woman was firing shots into the building, in the 500 block of South Marengo Avenue, police said. The woman, described as being dressed in black, "was asked repeatedly to drop the weapon, said Pasadena Police Cmdr. Mary Schander.
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August 27, 1997 | RICHARD WINTON and KEN ELLINGWOOD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Around the converted Pasadena bungalow that houses the law offices of Charles T. Mathews, something had gone terribly wrong. Mathews, a lawyer who has tangled in court with some of Hollywood's biggest names, feared for his life. It was his former legal secretary. They'd had a "dating or engagement relationship," Mathews said in court papers, and now she was threatening to kill him.
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March 24, 1991
A 67-year-old retired airline mechanic from Hawthorne who was convicted of fatally shooting his girlfriend and another woman was sentenced Friday to two concurrent life terms in prison without possibility of parole. Before sentencing Hoyt Conway Watkins, Torrance Superior Court Judge Francis Hourigan rejected defense attorney Charles T. Mathews' motions asking for either a new trial or a reduction of the charges from murder to manslaughter.
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November 7, 2001 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former news helicopter pilot Robert Pettee has been arrested on suspicion of illegally providing two machine guns to a friend who later sold them to undercover federal agents, the U.S. attorney's office said Tuesday. Officials said Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents and Los Angeles police officers took Pettee, 51, into custody near his Mount Washington home at 8:15 a.m. Monday.
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April 23, 2002 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former KNBC Channel 4 helicopter pilot Bob Pettee was convicted by a federal jury in Los Angeles on Monday of selling two illegally altered weapons through an intermediary to an undercover federal agent. After deliberating more than two days, the jury found Pettee guilty on two counts of unlawful transfer of a machine gun and one count of possession of an unregistered firearm. "I certainly believe it's the wrong verdict," Pettee, 51, said as he left the courthouse with his lawyer, Charles T.
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September 18, 2000 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He said his name was Billy, Billy St. John, and he dealt meth, and handled machine guns and teetered in dark, violent bars, pulling at bottled beer and winning the trust of men he would later betray in the name of the law. He said he wanted to join the Mongols, an East L.A. motorcycle gang that was desperate for new members. With a Willie Nelson beard and a face mapped with wrinkles, Billy looked the part.
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