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August 15, 1989 | EDWIN CHEN and ERIC MALNIC, Times Staff Writers
A juror in the Night Stalker trial was found shot to death in her Carson apartment Monday, the apparent victim of a domestic quarrel unrelated to the serial-murder case now being deliberated, authorities said. Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies said Monday night they were seeking for questioning James Cecil Melton, 51, who shared the apartment with the victim, Phyllis Yvonne Singletary, 30.
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August 16, 1989 | EDWIN CHEN, Times Staff Writer
Amid extraordinary courtroom drama Tuesday, a weeping and emotionally distraught woman alternate was randomly picked to replace a murdered juror in the Night Stalker case. But the woman's selection to fill the seat vacated by the weekend slaying of Phyllis Y. Singletary did not dispel the possibility of a mistrial in the serial murder case. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael A.
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August 16, 1989 | EDWIN CHEN, Times Staff Writer
Amid extraordinary courtroom drama Tuesday, a weeping and emotionally distraught woman alternate was randomly picked to replace a murdered juror in the Night Stalker case. But the woman's selection to fill the seat vacated by the weekend slaying of Phyllis Y. Singletary did not dispel the possibility of a mistrial in the serial murder case. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael A.
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August 16, 1989 | TED ROHRLICH, Times Legal Affairs Writer
Legal experts and psychologists said Tuesday that the slaying of a juror in the Night Stalker murder trial poses an extreme test of the American judicial system: How much stress can a jury handle and still render a fair verdict in a capital case? Some experts said that jurors' anger over the slaying could spill over into their deliberations, skewing them in favor of the prosecution, even though it appears that the defendant, Richard Ramirez, had nothing to do with the juror's death.
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August 16, 1989 | TED ROHRLICH, Times Legal Affairs Writer
Legal experts and psychologists said Tuesday that the slaying of a juror in the Night Stalker murder trial poses an extreme test of the American judicial system: How much stress can a jury handle and still render a fair verdict in a capital case? Some experts said that jurors' anger over the slaying could spill over into their deliberations, skewing them in favor of the prosecution, even though it appears that the defendant, Richard Ramirez, had nothing to do with the juror's death.
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August 16, 1989 | DARRELL DAWSEY and VICTOR MERINA, Times Staff Writers
The man suspected of murdering a juror in the Night Stalker trial shot himself to death on the balcony of a Carson motel Tuesday morning, moments after sheriff's deputies had tracked him down, authorities said. James C. Melton, 51, sought for questioning in the shooting death of his girlfriend, juror Phyllis Y. Singletary, fired a bullet into his head as he stood outside his second-floor room at the Comfort Inn.
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August 15, 1989 | From Times wire services
The suicide of a man was linked today to the murder of a "Night Stalker" juror whose death by shooting in an apparent domestic dispute prompted a judge to send the shaken panel home earlier today. Juror Phyllis Singletary was found shot to death Monday in her home, and her live-in boyfriend James Cecil Melton was sought, authorities said.
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August 16, 1989 | From Associated Press
The "Night Stalker" murder case judge ordered the troubled jury deliberations to resume today after the foreman reported that the panel had "put behind them" the murder of a juror and the suicide of her boyfriend. Richard Ramirez, the drifter charged with 13 murders and 30 felonies, shouted out an objection when the judge indicated that he will allow the panel to return to its task with an alternate replacing the dead juror.
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August 16, 1989 | DARRELL DAWSEY and VICTOR MERINA, Times Staff Writers
The man suspected of murdering a juror in the Night Stalker trial shot himself to death on the balcony of a Carson motel Tuesday morning, moments after sheriff's deputies had tracked him down, authorities said. James C. Melton, 51, sought for questioning in the shooting death of his girlfriend, juror Phyllis Y. Singletary, fired a bullet into his head as he stood outside his second-floor room at the Comfort Inn.
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August 15, 1989 | EDWIN CHEN and ERIC MALNIC, Times Staff Writers
A juror in the Night Stalker trial was found shot to death in her Carson apartment Monday, the apparent victim of a domestic quarrel unrelated to the serial-murder case now being deliberated, authorities said. Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies said Monday night they were seeking for questioning James Cecil Melton, 51, who shared the apartment with the victim, Phyllis Yvonne Singletary, 30.
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