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October 6, 2006 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
Jurors should believe dozens of Santa Monica residents who saw George Weller repeatedly turn the wheel, hit the brakes, and accelerate his car through a farmers' market three years ago, the prosecutor said Thursday. If Weller could see and steer, he could have stopped before killing 10 pedestrians, Deputy Dist. Atty. Ann Ambrose said in closing arguments in Weller's manslaughter trial. The prosecution closed its case against Weller, now 89, on Thursday.
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December 5, 2003 | Henry Weinstein and Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writers
Is George R. Weller simply the tragic victim of old age and circumstance? Or is the 86-year-old who sped from the scene of a traffic accident into the Santa Monica Farmers' Market in July, killing 10 people, a criminal? A preliminary report by the California Highway Patrol, obtained by The Times, says Weller's conduct was the sole possible cause of the 10 deaths July 16.
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October 7, 2006 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
Jurors were told to listen to the dead as they began deliberations Friday in the case of George Weller, on trial for 10 counts of manslaughter after he drove his car through an open-air market three years ago. "Dead bodies do speak," Deputy Dist. Atty. Ann Ambrose said in her closing arguments. "They do tell you something. They tell you where they were. They tell you of their injuries."
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November 22, 2006 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
A day after George Weller was placed on probation, his lawyers say his trial was a waste of time and money because their client was willing months ago to plead guilty to vehicular manslaughter in the deaths of 10 people at the Santa Monica Farmers' Market. But Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley said Tuesday that Weller still had not accepted responsibility for the highest number of pedestrian fatalities from a traffic accident in California history.
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October 10, 2006 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
As jurors begin their first full day of deliberations today in the Santa Monica Farmers' Market trial, they face an unusual twist: Key law enforcement officers testified for the defense of George Weller, the 89-year-old charged with manslaughter in the deaths of 10 shoppers.
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October 9, 2006 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
For more than three weeks, a jury has heard testimony about George Weller, the old man who plowed his car through the Santa Monica Farmers' Market in 2003. They saw gruesome photos and heard about the 10 people he killed with his maroon 1992 Buick. They saw a two-hour tape of Weller's interview afterward with police. What they have seen very little of is Weller himself, now 89, in a wheelchair and said to be in deteriorating health and under increasing stress.
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September 15, 2006 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
A skateboarder who had feared he would be run down by an elderly driver at an open air market in Santa Monica testified Thursday that George Weller looked intent and in control as he drove his car toward hundreds of pedestrians. Alexander Mercer, testifying in blue jeans and shirttails, told jurors that he had been talking to a homeless man on July 16, 2003, seconds before Weller ran the man down. "He was friendly, he was saying hello to people and asking for money," Mercer said.
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September 4, 2006 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
George Russell Weller told police he had no idea how the car he was driving accelerated through a crowded farmers market in Santa Monica more than three years ago. Nor, Weller said within an hour of the incident, did he know how his car came to a stop after leaving nearly 1,000 feet of carnage, 10 people dead and more than 60 injuries in its wake.
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October 30, 2012 | Steve Lopez
Have you heard the one about the blind man who walked into the Department of Motor Vehicles office in Santa Monica, took an eye test and left with a new driver's license? OK, that's not 100% accurate. He didn't walk out with his new license; it arrived in the mail two weeks later. The man, 72-year-old Mark Overland of Pacific Palisades, is legally blind, with 94% of his vision gone. When Overland first told me about his adventure, he said he didn't want anyone at the DMV to lose a job over this.
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March 19, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A judge Friday refused to dismiss manslaughter charges against an 88-year-old man whose car barreled through a farmers market in Santa Monica, killing 10 people and injuring 63. George Russell Weller stepped on the gas rather than the brake during the July 16, 2003, accident, according to federal safety investigators who ruled out mechanical failure. His attorneys argued Friday that he was not grossly negligent because he panicked.
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