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August 21, 1998 | From Associated Press
An elated Samuel H. Bowers boasted in 1966 that "my boys" in the Ku Klux Klan had carried out his orders to kill civil rights activist Vernon Dahmer, witnesses testified Thursday. The testimony came at the onetime Klan chief's trial on murder and arson charges as the prosecution and defense wrapped up their cases. Closing arguments are scheduled for today.
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September 10, 2010 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
Two Latino gang members were convicted Thursday of first-degree murder in a hate-crime trial involving the deaths of a 14-year-old black girl and a potential witness in the Harbor Gateway area of Los Angeles. The jury deliberated for less than two days before convicting Jonathan Fajardo, 22, and Daniel Aguilar, 23, members of the 204th Street gang, of all charges. Fajardo was found guilty of killing Cheryl Green, whose slaying the jury found was a hate crime motivated by her race.
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May 2, 2000 | From Associated Press
A white man was charged with murder and hate crimes on Monday in the shooting deaths of a Jewish woman, an Indian man and two Asian men in a rampage that targeted minorities. Richard Scott Baumhammers, who was arraigned Friday night in the killing of a black man at a karate studio, pleaded not guilty to all charges. Baumhammers' lawyer, William Difenderfer, said that he'll try to mount an insanity defense and seek to have Baumhammers moved to a mental hospital from jail.
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December 1, 2000 | Reuters
A teenage white supremacist who killed a 6-year-old black girl when he opened fire with an assault rifle on the home of a biracial family was sentenced to life in prison Thursday. Jessy Roten, 19, was convicted last month of murdering Ashley Mance on April 3, 1999, and wounding her twin sister, Aleesha, and a 4-year-old half-sister when he fired into the St. Petersburg home. Roten was found guilty of one count of second-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder.
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October 1, 1997 | THAO HUA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Deciding what is believed to be Orange County's first capital case involving a hate crime, a jury Tuesday convicted a 24-year-old leader of a fledgling white supremacist gang of fatally stabbing a Vietnamese American college student. The Superior Court jury deliberated two days before convicting Gunner Lindberg of murder during a robbery and while committing a hate crime--charges that make him liable to the death penalty.
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September 10, 2010 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
Two Latino gang members were convicted Thursday of first-degree murder in a hate-crime trial involving the deaths of a 14-year-old black girl and a potential witness in the Harbor Gateway area of Los Angeles. The jury deliberated for less than two days before convicting Jonathan Fajardo, 22, and Daniel Aguilar, 23, members of the 204th Street gang, of all charges. Fajardo was found guilty of killing Cheryl Green, whose slaying the jury found was a hate crime motivated by her race.
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December 1, 2000 | Reuters
A teenage white supremacist who killed a 6-year-old black girl when he opened fire with an assault rifle on the home of a biracial family was sentenced to life in prison Thursday. Jessy Roten, 19, was convicted last month of murdering Ashley Mance on April 3, 1999, and wounding her twin sister, Aleesha, and a 4-year-old half-sister when he fired into the St. Petersburg home. Roten was found guilty of one count of second-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 1994
Two white teen-agers pleaded not guilty to murder and hate crime charges Thursday in the killing of a black man. Jonathan Russell Kennedy, 19, of Huntington Beach, and Robert Wolford, 17, of Laguna Niguel, are charged with murder in the shooting death of Vernon W. Flournoy, 44, of Huntington Beach. Prosecutors amended the murder complaint Wednesday to add a separate hate crime count against the accused killers. Kennedy's attorney denied that the killing was racially motivated.
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October 29, 1997 | EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two self-proclaimed white supremacists were charged with hate crime murder Tuesday in the beating death of an African American homeless man behind a Lancaster fast-food restaurant two years ago. The case is only the second hate crime homicide to be prosecuted in Los Angeles County. Two of the defendants, Randall Lee "Randy" Rojas and Ritch Bryant, had been convicted of previous hate crimes involving assault and attempted murder.
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October 10, 1997 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In Orange County's first capital murder case involving a hate crime, a jury on Thursday recommended the death penalty for a 22-year-old Tustin man who randomly chose a victim to knife and rob based on the color of his skin. The jury's decision culminated a dramatic four-week trial that centered on the disturbing and graphic details of the killing of a young Vietnamese American honor student.
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November 30, 2000 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After reviewing psychiatrists' reports, a judge Wednesday suspended the criminal case against Marie Elise West, the first person charged with a capital hate crime in Los Angeles County, and declared her mentally incompetent to stand trial. The 35-year-old Hermosa Beach woman was charged with running down and killing restaurant worker Jesus Plascencia outside a Van Nuys bagel shop on Sept. 1, allegedly making anti-Latino slurs shortly afterward. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael S.
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May 2, 2000 | From Associated Press
A white man was charged with murder and hate crimes on Monday in the shooting deaths of a Jewish woman, an Indian man and two Asian men in a rampage that targeted minorities. Richard Scott Baumhammers, who was arraigned Friday night in the killing of a black man at a karate studio, pleaded not guilty to all charges. Baumhammers' lawyer, William Difenderfer, said that he'll try to mount an insanity defense and seek to have Baumhammers moved to a mental hospital from jail.
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August 21, 1998 | From Associated Press
An elated Samuel H. Bowers boasted in 1966 that "my boys" in the Ku Klux Klan had carried out his orders to kill civil rights activist Vernon Dahmer, witnesses testified Thursday. The testimony came at the onetime Klan chief's trial on murder and arson charges as the prosecution and defense wrapped up their cases. Closing arguments are scheduled for today.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1997 | EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two self-proclaimed white supremacists were charged with hate crime murder Tuesday in the beating death of an African American homeless man behind a Lancaster fast-food restaurant two years ago. The case is only the second hate crime homicide to be prosecuted in Los Angeles County. Two of the defendants, Randall Lee "Randy" Rojas and Ritch Bryant, had been convicted of previous hate crimes involving assault and attempted murder.
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October 10, 1997 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In Orange County's first capital murder case involving a hate crime, a jury on Thursday recommended the death penalty for a 22-year-old Tustin man who randomly chose a victim to knife and rob based on the color of his skin. The jury's decision culminated a dramatic four-week trial that centered on the disturbing and graphic details of the killing of a young Vietnamese American honor student.
NEWS
October 1, 1997 | THAO HUA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Deciding what is believed to be Orange County's first capital case involving a hate crime, a jury Tuesday convicted a 24-year-old leader of a fledgling white supremacist gang of fatally stabbing a Vietnamese American college student. The Superior Court jury deliberated two days before convicting Gunner Lindberg of murder during a robbery and while committing a hate crime--charges that make him liable to the death penalty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2000 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After reviewing psychiatrists' reports, a judge Wednesday suspended the criminal case against Marie Elise West, the first person charged with a capital hate crime in Los Angeles County, and declared her mentally incompetent to stand trial. The 35-year-old Hermosa Beach woman was charged with running down and killing restaurant worker Jesus Plascencia outside a Van Nuys bagel shop on Sept. 1, allegedly making anti-Latino slurs shortly afterward. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael S.
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April 25, 1997 | JOHN M. GONZALES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Reported hate crimes in Los Angeles County rose a dramatic 25% in 1996, a figure that human relations experts attribute to better law enforcement efforts and demographic shifts in several cities. Officials with the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations stressed that the figures are not cause for alarm and instead can be linked to better public awareness and a willingness to report crimes that in years past would have been overlooked.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 1994
Two white teen-agers pleaded not guilty to murder and hate crime charges Thursday in the killing of a black man. Jonathan Russell Kennedy, 19, of Huntington Beach, and Robert Wolford, 17, of Laguna Niguel, are charged with murder in the shooting death of Vernon W. Flournoy, 44, of Huntington Beach. Prosecutors amended the murder complaint Wednesday to add a separate hate crime count against the accused killers. Kennedy's attorney denied that the killing was racially motivated.
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