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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2013 | By Kate Mather
The man accused in the fatal shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport was indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday on 11 felony counts, including murder and attempted murder, prosecutors announced. Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, was charged with the murder of Transportation Security Administration Officer Gerardo I. Hernandez and attempted murder of TSA Officers Tony Grigsby and James Speer, who were wounded in the Nov. 1 attack. Ciancia, a New Jersey native living in Sun Valley at the time, faces two additional counts related to Hernandez's death: knowingly using a semiautomatic rifle to murder and cause death, and committing violence at an international airport that resulted in death.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A father was found guilty Tuesday of the 2001 murder of his 2-month-old daughter in Riverside County. Her remains were later found in a plastic container at an Arkansas storage unit, authorities said. Vermont resident Jason Michael Hann, 38, was living in Desert Hot Springs when he killed his daughter, the Riverside County district attorney's office said.  The infant's remains were found in 2002 after Hann and co-defendant Krissy Lynn Werntz failed to pay the storage bill and the container was cleaned out, according to authorities.  Authorities said Werntz has been charged in the murder of the girl, who was her daughter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2013 | By Kate Mather
A documented gang member was ordered Friday to stand trial in the fatal shooting of a  6-year-old girl in Moreno Valley, prosecutors said. Keandre Narkie Johnson, 21, has been charged with one count each of murder, attempted murder and participation in a criminal street gang, along with special circumstance allegations. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Judge Larrie Brainard ruled Friday there was enough evidence for Johnson to stand trial and ordered him back in court Dec. 27. Prosecutors allege Johnson opened fire Sept.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
After Delbert Tibbs dropped out of a Chicago seminary in 1972, he went on the road, walking, hopping freight trains and taking odd jobs across the U.S. One day in early 1974, police stopped him near Ocala, Fla., and questioned him about a crime 220 miles to the south. The officers took some Polaroid snapshots of Tibbs and then, satisfied he wasn't involved, sent him on his way. About a month later, in Lee County, Miss., a highway patrolman stopped him again and arrested him for rape and murder.
WORLD
December 7, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - The moment would haunt Nelson Mandela all his life. It was 1948, and he was in a hospital watching his baby daughter struggle for life. The child, Makaziwe, or Maki, died as he watched. She was 9 months old. Mandela's life was Kennedyesque in its combination of great political achievement and heartbreaking personal tragedy. Mandela would also lose both his sons - in a car accident and to AIDS. And in 2010, on a day of great national pride, he missed the soccer World Cup opening after his great-granddaughter, 13-year-old schoolgirl Zenani, was killed in a car accident on the way home from the kickoff concert the previous night.
OPINION
December 4, 2013 | By Andrew Cohen
A murder trial is held and the defendant is convicted. After hearing the mitigating and aggravating circumstances of the crime during the sentencing phase of the case, the jury concludes that the death penalty is not an appropriate punishment for the crime. The jury votes instead for a life sentence. But after deliberations are over, the judge overrides the jury's verdict and sentences the defendant to death anyway. Afterward, on the campaign trail, the judge boasts that he is tough on crime, and a stoic supporter of capital punishment, and suggests the electorate should reward him for these positions with another term.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
The attorney for an accused Orange County serial killer who died after deputies discovered he was ill in his cell said his client died after swallowing some Ajax, an industrial cleaner. Michael Molfetta said investigators believe his client, Itzcoatl “Izzy” Ocampo, accumulated enough Ajax for a lethal dose that he then ingested. Deputies found Ocampo in his single-man cell about 6:35 p.m. Wednesday, shaking and vomiting. Ocampo, 25, was taken to a hospital, where he died in the intensive care unit about 1:40 p.m. Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
A man charged last year in a "serial thrill-kill" rampage in Orange County that left six people dead, including four homeless men and a woman and her son, died Thursday after being found sick in his jail cell, a sheriff's spokesman said. Deputies found Itzcoatl "Izzy" Ocampo, 25, ill in his single-man cell about 6:35 p.m. Wednesday at Central Jail in Santa Ana, said Lt. Jeff Hallock. Medical staff at the jail attended to him, and paramedics transported him to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, Hallock said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
The death Thursday of a man awaiting trial for the killings of four homeless men and two others means the relatives of victims will not have the chance to see him held accountable, a spokeswoman for the Orange County district attorney said. Itzcoatl “Izzy” Ocampo died after being found sick in his jail cell, authorities said. Ocampo, 25, was charged last year in a “serial thrill-kill” rampage in Orange County that left six people dead, including four homeless men and a woman and her son. Orange County prosecutors were seeking the death penalty against Ocampo, who was scheduled to appear in court for a pretrial hearing in January.
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