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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 2000 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After four days of emotional deliberations, a jury convicted a 20-year-old Hawthorne resident Wednesday of first-degree murder for helping two friends burn a man to death in the Ventura County back country in 1996. Defendant Matthew Ormsby fidgeted in his chair and stared at the jury as the verdict was read. In addition to murder, he was found guilty of kidnapping but not of torture.
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December 20, 2000 | AMBERIN ZAMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
At least 17 people were killed Tuesday when Turkish security forces stormed prisons across the country in a bid to end a widespread hunger strike. Most of the dead were inmates who set themselves ablaze to protest the raids. Justice Minister Hikmet Sami Turk said 15 of the dead were inmates who immolated themselves in the raids, which the government called "Operation Bring Back to Life." Two soldiers died in clashes with inmates in prisons in Istanbul and the northwestern province of Canakkale.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2000
Investigators are still trying to identify a middle-aged woman who apparently killed herself by dousing herself with gasoline, then setting herself on fire last month in Fullerton, authorities said. The woman was found near death lying in a drainage ditch beside an equestrian trail in the 300 block of West Las Palmas Drive on Oct. 22. Two rabbits found near the woman had singed fur and are believed to have been her pets, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2000 | THERESA MOREAU, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Police are seeking the public's help in identifying a woman who died hours after she doused herself with gasoline, lit a match and set herself afire, authorities said Tuesday. On Sunday, police received an anonymous call about 7:30 a.m. that a body had been dumped on an equestrian trail north of Laguna Lake and west of Harbor Boulevard in an upscale neighborhood of Fullerton, said Fullerton police Sgt. Doug Cave.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2000 | BOBBY CUZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nine months after their daughter's charred remains were found outside a machine shop near Whittier, the parents of Kartrice Ann Whitfield visited the site of her gruesome death for the first time Friday. They were joined at a tree-planting ceremony by more than 100 people, many of them local residents who held weekly candlelight vigils at the site last summer. Neighbors beseeched police not to give up on the case, even as one lead after another dried up.
NEWS
April 5, 2000 | From Associated Press
The 530 people who died in a doomsday cult's chapel burned alive, consumed by gasoline-fueled flames and trapped behind doors and windows bolted from the outside, forensic tests showed Tuesday. A.B.M. Lugudo, deputy commissioner of Uganda's forensics agency, said investigators are trying to learn what role may have been played by three people whose corpses, less thoroughly charred, were found in a separate room of the chapel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2000 | City News Service
A La Habra man who police say set his wife and mother-in-law on fire was charged Tuesday with aggravated mayhem and arson causing great bodily injury. Guy Leslie Baker, 45, was scheduled to be in a Fullerton courtroom to enter a plea, but he is still hospitalized at Western Medical Center for burns to his hands, said Tori Richards of the district attorney's office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2000 | YOUNG CHANG and PETER HONG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A La Habra woman and her mother were reported in fair condition Friday after the younger woman's husband allegedly doused them with gasoline and set them on fire, authorities said. Jasmine Espinoza Baker, 36, and her mother, Concepcion Mendoza Cortez, 61, were at UCI Medical Center in Orange, where they were being treated for severe burns to their upper bodies and faces, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 2000
A man walked into the Downey police station Thursday night and told the desk sergeant that he had doused his wife and her mother with gasoline and set them afire in a La Habra apartment, authorities said. La Habra police, who were called to the scene of the fire, confirmed that the two women were critically burned. About 6 p.m., Guy Leslie Baker, 45, "told the desk sergeant that he wanted to turn himself in," Sgt. Dean Milligan said. "The desk sergeant asked: 'What for?'
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