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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 1989
Jurors considering the fate of convicted killer David Lucas will resume their discussions Monday. The jury of seven women and five men did not reach a verdict Thursday. Deliberations began July 17 in the penalty phase of the Spring Valley carpet cleaner's murder trial. Jurors can recommend the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole. Lucas was convicted June 21 of three murders.
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SPORTS
April 19, 2005 | Chris Foster, Times Staff Writer
Two football teams filed into the Civic Auditorium here Monday, with noticeable differences and one distinct similarity -- Al Lucas. The Avengers, wearing suits and ties, arrived in an air-conditioned bus with reclining bucket seats. The Northeast High football team, clad in game jerseys, rolled up in a super-sized school bus, one of those big yellow beasts, outfitted with vinyl bench seating.
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NEWS
August 3, 1989 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, Times Staff Writer
David Allen Lucas, convicted of the throat-slashing murders of three people and the attempted murder of another after one of the longest trials in San Diego history, should die in the gas chamber, a jury recommended Wednesday. Lucas, 34, a carpet cleaner from Spring Valley, showed no emotion as the jury delivered its recommendation, reached after seven days of deliberation, to San Diego Superior Court Judge Laura Palmer Hammes.
SPORTS
April 13, 2005 | Chris Foster, Times Staff Writer
Avenger players returned to football Tuesday, remembering Al Lucas and carrying with them the words of his father. "He told us that it was a tragedy that he had to be here today, but that there was still a practice to go to, still a game to be played," kicker Remy Hamilton said. "He said that Al would have wanted us to go on." David Lucas, a state representative in Georgia, came to California to take his son home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 1989
A jury Monday began deciding the punishment of convicted murderer David Lucas, but stopped after two hours and will resume its deliberations today. The San Diego Superior Court jury is deciding whether Lucas, 34, a carpet cleaner from Spring Valley, should be put to death or sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murders of two women and a small child. The jury heard closing arguments Monday in which the prosecutor called Lucas "a butcher" who had "a lust for death." Deputy Dist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 1989
A prosecutor described David Lucas as "a killing machine" with "a lust for death" as final arguments in Lucas' murder trial began Wednesday. Lucas, 33, is accused of killing six people, all of whom had their throats slashed. He could face the death penalty if convicted. Deputy Dist. Atty. Dan Williams dramatically recounted the gruesome deaths of the four adults and two children who were killed between 1979 and 1984, and he repeatedly told jurors that it was no coincidence the victims were killed in the same way. Williams described how Gary Fisher took his 3-year-old daughter, Amber, to baby-sitter Rhonda Strang, 24, on Oct. 23, 1984, at her Lakeside house.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1989
Jurors deciding the fate of multiple murderer David Lucas went home for the weekend Friday without reaching a decision on whether to sentence him to death. The jury is expected to resume deliberations Monday morning. It apparently was dismissed about 11 a.m. Friday. Reporters and the public were excluded from the courtroom by Superior Court Judge Laura Hammes, and it was not known what occurred during the closed hearings attended by lawyers in the case.
SPORTS
April 13, 2005 | Chris Foster, Times Staff Writer
Avenger players returned to football Tuesday, remembering Al Lucas and carrying with them the words of his father. "He told us that it was a tragedy that he had to be here today, but that there was still a practice to go to, still a game to be played," kicker Remy Hamilton said. "He said that Al would have wanted us to go on." David Lucas, a state representative in Georgia, came to California to take his son home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 1989
A lawyer for murder suspect David Lucas told jurors Thursday that they must consider each murder charge separately from the others and criticized the prosecutor's final argument as trying to "inflame" the jury. Steve Feldman, who presented his final argument all day Thursday, is expected to finish his presentation today. Also today, Alex Landon, another attorney for the 33-year-old carpet cleaner from Spring Valley, will give his closing argument. Deputy Dist. Atty. Dan Williams will then give a rebuttal and San Diego Superior Court Judge Laura Hammes will then instruct the jury, which is not likely to begin deliberations until Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 1989
A psychologist who examined convicted killer David Lucas told jurors Tuesday that Lucas harbors "a great rage" toward women. Dr. Alvin Marks testified as a defense witness for Lucas, 34, whose attorneys are trying to persuade a jury to recommend a life sentence without possibility of parole rather than the death penalty. Lucas of Spring Valley was convicted June 21 of three throat-slashing murders--of two women and a child--and of the attempted murder of another woman.
SPORTS
April 12, 2005 | Chris Foster, Times Staff Writer
A state of disbelief stretched from Los Angeles to Macon, Ga., a day after Avenger lineman Al Lucas died during an Arena Football League game. His family in Georgia and teammates at the Avenger practice site at West Los Angeles College tried to cope with emotions brought on by the tragedy, while team and league officials sought to understand what happened and look for ways to help provide for Lucas' wife and daughter.
NEWS
August 3, 1989 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, Times Staff Writer
David Allen Lucas, convicted of the throat-slashing murders of three people and the attempted murder of another after one of the longest trials in San Diego history, should die in the gas chamber, a jury recommended Wednesday. Lucas, 34, a carpet cleaner from Spring Valley, showed no emotion as the jury delivered its recommendation, reached after seven days of deliberation, to San Diego Superior Court Judge Laura Palmer Hammes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 1989
Jurors considering the fate of convicted killer David Lucas will resume their discussions Monday. The jury of seven women and five men did not reach a verdict Thursday. Deliberations began July 17 in the penalty phase of the Spring Valley carpet cleaner's murder trial. Jurors can recommend the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole. Lucas was convicted June 21 of three murders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1989 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, Times Staff Writer
A San Diego Superior Court judge booted one of the jurors deciding the fate of convicted murderer David Lucas off the case Monday, replaced that juror with an alternate, and ordered the jury to begin its deliberations all over again.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1989
Jurors deciding the fate of multiple murderer David Lucas went home for the weekend Friday without reaching a decision on whether to sentence him to death. The jury is expected to resume deliberations Monday morning. It apparently was dismissed about 11 a.m. Friday. Reporters and the public were excluded from the courtroom by Superior Court Judge Laura Hammes, and it was not known what occurred during the closed hearings attended by lawyers in the case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 1989
A jury Monday began deciding the punishment of convicted murderer David Lucas, but stopped after two hours and will resume its deliberations today. The San Diego Superior Court jury is deciding whether Lucas, 34, a carpet cleaner from Spring Valley, should be put to death or sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murders of two women and a small child. The jury heard closing arguments Monday in which the prosecutor called Lucas "a butcher" who had "a lust for death." Deputy Dist.
NEWS
June 22, 1989 | H.G. REZA, Times Staff Writer
After eight days of deliberations, a jury convicted a suburban carpet cleaner Wednesday of the throat-slash murders of three people and the attempted murder of another. The jury of six men and six women who convicted David Lucas, 33, of Spring Valley found that the murders were committed with special circumstance, which could mean the death sentence. The jurors will return to deliberate on the sentence next month. Lucas, originally accused of a string of six murders in the San Diego area, sat impassively as the verdicts were announced.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 1989
A psychologist who examined convicted killer David Lucas told jurors Tuesday that Lucas harbors "a great rage" toward women. Dr. Alvin Marks testified as a defense witness for Lucas, 34, whose attorneys are trying to persuade a jury to recommend a life sentence without possibility of parole rather than the death penalty. Lucas of Spring Valley was convicted June 21 of three throat-slashing murders--of two women and a child--and of the attempted murder of another woman.
NEWS
June 22, 1989 | H.G. REZA, Times Staff Writer
After eight days of deliberations, a jury convicted a suburban carpet cleaner Wednesday of the throat-slash murders of three people and the attempted murder of another. The jury of six men and six women who convicted David Lucas, 33, of Spring Valley found that the murders were committed with special circumstance, which could mean the death sentence. The jurors will return to deliberate on the sentence next month. Lucas, originally accused of a string of six murders in the San Diego area, sat impassively as the verdicts were announced.
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