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May 13, 2000 | JEFF GOTTLIEB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County Superior Court judge Friday denied a motion to move the Biofem attempted murder case to a courtroom elsewhere in the state. The attorney for Los Angeles businessman Dino D'Saachs asked for the change of venue because of pretrial publicity. Judge Francisco P. Briseno denied the motion without prejudice, meaning the defendant can make the request again. Briseno set July 7 as the time a trial date will be set.
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June 30, 2001 | MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles businessman who drove the getaway car in the attempted murder of an Irvine drug company executive was sentenced Friday to 26 years to life in prison after last-minute negotiations aimed at getting him to identify the shooter failed. The sentencing of Dino D'Saachs, 58, ties up one cord of a tangled case involving high-stakes drug research, the South African military and a hired hit man. But authorities still do not know who shot James Patrick Riley, the CEO of Biofem Inc.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 2000
Health officials said Thursday that biological material found at Biofem Inc.'s Irvine headquarters contained tetanus bacteria. Authorities found no evidence, however, that the material was intended for biological weapons or any other use that might pose a public threat, said Dr. Mark Horton, Orange County health officer. Neither of two types of bacteria found at the company's office in March are on the national Centers for Disease Control's list of bio-terrorism agents, he said.
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April 14, 2001 | RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles businessman was convicted Friday of attempted murder in an elaborate plot to kill an Irvine drug company executive, even as investigators struggle to identify the gunman and sort out the mystery. The case, which involves high-stakes drug research, centers on last year's shooting by a masked gunman of Biofem Inc. Chief Executive James Patrick Riley as he walked into work at the Irvine Spectrum office complex. Police allege that Riley's business partner, Dr. Larry C.
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July 7, 2000 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Detectives hunting for a gunman who shot and wounded an Irvine drug company executive appealed for help Thursday in finding a Los Angeles man who disappeared the day of the shooting. Investigators have been unable to find Tony Rodriguez, who worked for a businessman charged with driving the gunman away from the shooting. Police said they want to question Rodriguez in connection with the case but stopped short of naming him a suspect. Rodriguez was last seen 1 1/2 hours after the Feb.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 2001 | MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles businessman who drove the getaway car in the attempted murder of an Irvine drug company executive was sentenced Friday to 26 years to life in prison after last-minute negotiations aimed at getting him to identify the shooter failed. The sentencing of Dino D'Saachs, 58, ties up one cord of a tangled case involving high-stakes drug research, the South African military and a hired hit man. But authorities still do not know who shot James Patrick Riley, the CEO of Biofem Inc.
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March 23, 2000 | JACK LEONARD and JEFF GOTTLIEB, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Detectives are examining whether two cell phone calls made by an alleged getaway driver offer key clues in the attempted murder of an Irvine drug company's chief executive, police said Wednesday. Investigators are trying to determine whether calls made to the company's office shortly before the shooting of James Patrick Riley were fielded by Dr. Larry C. Ford, the victim's business partner, said Irvine police Lt. Sam Allevato.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2001 | RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles businessman was convicted Friday of attempted murder in an elaborate plot to kill an Irvine drug company executive, even as investigators struggle to identify the gunman and sort out the mystery. The case, which involves high-stakes drug research, centers on last year's shooting by a masked gunman of Biofem Inc. Chief Executive James Patrick Riley as he walked into work at the Irvine Spectrum office complex. Police allege that Riley's business partner, Dr. Larry C.
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March 27, 2001 | RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The masked gunman who shot drug company executive James Patrick Riley at the Irvine Spectrum last year remains at large. And the alleged mastermind of the botched assassination, his partner Dr. Larry C. Ford, committed suicide. On Monday, the alleged getaway driver, Dino D'Saachs, went on trial for attempted murder in proceedings that could shed light on the bizarre series of events and international intrigue that followed the shooting outside the offices of Biofem Inc.
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July 17, 2000 | JACK LEONARD and JEFF GOTTLIEB, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A series of meetings at the Beverly Hills home of South Africa's trade attache are now the focus of the probe into February's attempted slaying of an Irvine drug company executive. The encounters, which took place in the mid-1980s, are under scrutiny because investigators have discovered that all three named suspects in the Irvine shooting conspiracy attended the events, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2001 | RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The masked gunman who shot drug company executive James Patrick Riley at the Irvine Spectrum last year remains at large. And the alleged mastermind of the botched assassination, his partner Dr. Larry C. Ford, committed suicide. On Monday, the alleged getaway driver, Dino D'Saachs, went on trial for attempted murder in proceedings that could shed light on the bizarre series of events and international intrigue that followed the shooting outside the offices of Biofem Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2000 | JACK LEONARD and JEFF GOTTLIEB, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A series of meetings at the Beverly Hills home of South Africa's trade attache are now the focus of the probe into February's attempted slaying of an Irvine drug company executive. The encounters, which took place in the mid-1980s, are under scrutiny because investigators have discovered that all three named suspects in the Irvine shooting conspiracy attended the events, police said.
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July 7, 2000 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Detectives hunting for a gunman who shot and wounded an Irvine drug company executive appealed for help Thursday in finding a Los Angeles man who disappeared the day of the shooting. Investigators have been unable to find Tony Rodriguez, who worked for a businessman charged with driving the gunman away from the shooting. Police said they want to question Rodriguez in connection with the case but stopped short of naming him a suspect. Rodriguez was last seen 1 1/2 hours after the Feb.
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May 13, 2000 | JEFF GOTTLIEB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County Superior Court judge Friday denied a motion to move the Biofem attempted murder case to a courtroom elsewhere in the state. The attorney for Los Angeles businessman Dino D'Saachs asked for the change of venue because of pretrial publicity. Judge Francisco P. Briseno denied the motion without prejudice, meaning the defendant can make the request again. Briseno set July 7 as the time a trial date will be set.
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May 12, 2000
Health officials said Thursday that biological material found at Biofem Inc.'s Irvine headquarters contained tetanus bacteria. Authorities found no evidence, however, that the material was intended for biological weapons or any other use that might pose a public threat, said Dr. Mark Horton, Orange County health officer. Neither of two types of bacteria found at the company's office in March are on the national Centers for Disease Control's list of bio-terrorism agents, he said.
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April 11, 2000 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles businessman accused of helping a hooded gunman flee after the shooting of an Irvine drug company executive in February must stand trial on attempted murder charges, a judge ruled Monday. During a 2 1/2-hour preliminary hearing, prosecutors tried to show that Dino D'Saachs spent at least three months helping plan the attempted murder of James Patrick Riley, chief executive of Biofem Inc. Riley was wounded in the face as he arrived for work the morning of Feb. 28.
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April 11, 2000 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles businessman accused of helping a hooded gunman flee after the shooting of an Irvine drug company executive in February must stand trial on attempted murder charges, a judge ruled Monday. During a 2 1/2-hour preliminary hearing, prosecutors tried to show that Dino D'Saachs spent at least three months helping plan the attempted murder of James Patrick Riley, chief executive of Biofem Inc. Riley was wounded in the face as he arrived for work the morning of Feb. 28.
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July 8, 2000 | From Associated Press
The alleged getaway driver in the botched murder conspiracy against an Irvine medical products company chief has been ordered to stand trial in September. Orange County Superior Court Judge Francisco P. Briseno on Friday set a Sept. 11 trial date for Dino D'Saachs, who pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder. A pretrial hearing was scheduled for July 28.
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March 23, 2000 | JACK LEONARD and JEFF GOTTLIEB, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Detectives are examining whether two cell phone calls made by an alleged getaway driver offer key clues in the attempted murder of an Irvine drug company's chief executive, police said Wednesday. Investigators are trying to determine whether calls made to the company's office shortly before the shooting of James Patrick Riley were fielded by Dr. Larry C. Ford, the victim's business partner, said Irvine police Lt. Sam Allevato.
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