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December 20, 1994 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hooman Ashkan Panah clutched prayer beads, shook his head and kissed a copy of the Koran as a jury found him guilty Monday of first-degree murder in the sex-slaying last year of second-grader Nicole Parker. Then, in a strong, clear voice, the 23-year-old Panah unexpectedly expressed his displeasure to the jury: "There goes another innocent man down." The Van Nuys Superior Court jury found Panah guilty of first-degree murder with special circumstances that make him eligible for the death penalty.
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June 14, 1997 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's no easy job presiding over hotly contested, and often emotional, criminal trials. To win praise from both defense attorneys and prosecutors is twice as tough. But Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Sandy R. Kriegler manages to do both. This week, he became the first judge from the San Fernando Valley to be honored as Superior Court Judge of the Year by the prestigious 1,000-member Century City Bar Assn.
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April 9, 1994 | THOM MROZEK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Prosecutors announced Friday that they will seek the death penalty for Hooman Ashkan Panah, the Woodland Hills man accused of abducting and murdering an 8-year-old girl whose battered body was found in his closet. Panah, 22, has pleaded not guilty to seven charges, including murder, kidnaping and sodomy, in the Nov. 20 death of Nicole Parker. "I'm thrilled because I want him dead," said Lori Parker, mother of the victim. "If they could fry him next week, I'd push the button."
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March 7, 1995 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Van Nuys Superior Court judge sentenced convicted killer Hooman Ashkan Panah to death Monday, bringing a bitterly fought and wrenching child murder case to a close. As a dozen Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies ringed the courtroom, Judge Sandy R. Kriegler affirmed a jury's verdict that Panah, a 23-year-old former Pierce College student, should be executed for sodomizing and murdering Nicole Parker, 8, who disappeared Nov.
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June 9, 1994 | THOM MROZEK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Attorneys on both sides in the case of Hooman Ashkan Panah, the Woodland Hills man who faces the death penalty if convicted of sexually assaulting and murdering an 8-year-old Tarzana girl, vowed Wednesday that the case would go to trial in September. "This case is going to have top priority, given the nature of the charges," said Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Sandy Kriegler, who will oversee the case.
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December 15, 1994 | ANN W. O'NEILL
Attorneys are expected to begin closing arguments today in the capital murder case of Hooman Ashkan Panah, a 23-year-old Woodland Hills man charged with the 1993 sex murder of an 8-year-old girl. Earlier this week, Superior Court Judge Sandy Kriegler dismissed two kidnaping charges against Panah, including a special circumstance that carried a possible death penalty.
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December 9, 1994 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The key prosecution witness against an alleged child rapist and killer testified at his trial Thursday that he told her the missing girl was dead about 12 hours before police found the victim's battered body in his closet. Rauni Campbell said Hooman Ashkan Panah first indicated something was amiss when he telephoned her on Nov. 21, 1993, the day 8-year-old Nicole Parker disappeared.
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November 23, 1994 | ANN O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Woodland Hills man accused of kidnaping, raping and murdering an 8-year-old girl pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity Tuesday as lawyers began to pick a jury to hear his case. Hooman Ashkan Panah, 23, earlier had denied charges he killed Nicole Parker, whose body was found a year ago stuffed in a suitcase in Panah's closet a day after she disappeared. He was indicted by a grand jury in February, The insanity plea sets the stage for as many as three mini-trials in the case.
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May 3, 1994 | JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The attorney defending a Woodland Hills man accused of murdering an 8-year-old girl, whose body was found in the man's closet, on Monday assailed a decision by prosecutors to seek the death penalty against his client. Deputy Dist. Atty. Peter S. Berman announced his plans to seek capital punishment for Hooman Ashkan Panah, 22, during a hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court. Panah has pleaded not guilty to seven charges, including murder, kidnaping and sodomy in the Nov.
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December 6, 1994 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The father of an 8-year-old girl whose bruised and sexually battered body was found stuffed in a suitcase in Woodland Hills testified Monday that her alleged killer once admired his daughter's looks. "He commented on how beautiful my daughter was," Edward Parker said, referring to a brief conversation he had prior to Nicole Parker's death with his next-door neighbor, Hooman Ashkan Panah, her alleged killer.
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March 7, 1995 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Superior Court judge sentenced convicted killer Hooman Ashkan Panah to death on Monday, bringing a bitterly fought and wrenching child-murder case to a close. While a dozen Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies ringed the courtroom, Judge Sandy R.
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January 24, 1995 | ANN W. O'NEILL and JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Jurors recommended the death penalty Monday for convicted child killer Hooman Ashkan Panah, saying they were deeply moved but unswayed by his mother's suicide threats or by her testimony that she had abused him. After four days of deliberations, the jurors said they held Panah, 23, responsible not only for the murder of second-grader Nicole Parker, but also for the "vilification" of his own mother, Mehri Monfared.
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January 24, 1995 | ANN W. O'NEILL and JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Jurors recommended Monday that a convicted child-killer be put to death, saying they were deeply moved but unswayed by his mother's suicide threats and by her testimony that she had abused her son. The jurors deliberated for four days before finding that Hooman Ashkan Panah, 23, should receive the death penalty in the death of second-grader Nicole Parker.
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January 14, 1995 | LESLIE BERGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A defense lawyer for Hooman Ashkan Panah urged jurors Friday to spare the life of the convicted child-killer because of his youth and "wretched" upbringing by an over-controlling and abusive mother. "I cannot imagine we're going to kill this tortured boy," said defense attorney Robert Sheahen. Panah is 23.
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January 11, 1995 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They sit on opposite sides of the courtroom, acknowledging each other with cold stares. During breaks in testimony, they retire to different floors. Since the beginning, there have been hard feelings between the mothers of the child victim and the convicted killer in the trial of Hooman Ashkan Panah, who may face the death penalty for the November, 1993, sodomy-murder of 8-year-old Nicole Parker.
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January 7, 1995 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Taking the witness stand in a bid to spare her son from the death penalty, the mother of convicted child murderer Hooman Ashkan Panah portrayed herself Friday as a harsh and controlling mother who slapped and bit her son when he was a boy. She also admitted that she showered with him when he was 9, and slept in the same bed with him when he was about 13. Later, when Panah was a young man, she said, she broke off two of his romantic relationships by threatening suicide.
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January 4, 1995 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hooman Ashkan Panah, convicted last month of the sodomy-murder of an 8-year-old neighbor, withdrew his insanity plea Tuesday after learning he couldn't dictate the ground rules of his testimony. Later, as the legal maneuvering continued in this emotionally charged child murder case, Panah criticized his lawyers and called the victim's mother a liar. The move prompted Panah's own lawyer to rally to the woman's defense.
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December 7, 1994 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former department store clerk on trial for the sex murder of an 8-year-old girl was involved in a plot to kill the chief witness against him, prosecutors alleged in court Tuesday. Concerned about the safety of the witness, Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Sandy R. Kriegler refused a request by defense attorneys to reveal her whereabouts or force her to answer their questions in a pretrial interview.
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January 6, 1995 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Second-grader Nicole Parker was afraid of the darkness, her mother testified Thursday, but now--more than a year after Nicole's murder--Lori Parker says she, too, dreads the dark. "At night I have the worst time.
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January 4, 1995 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hooman Ashkan Panah, convicted last month of the sodomy-murder of an 8-year-old neighbor, withdrew his insanity plea Tuesday after learning he couldn't dictate the ground rules of his testimony. Later, as the legal maneuvering continued in this emotionally charged child murder case, Panah criticized his lawyers and called the victim's mother a liar. The move prompted Panah's own lawyer to rally to the woman's defense.
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