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September 16, 2008 | Scott Glover and Richard Winton, Times Staff Writers
A Ventura County businessman was charged Monday with masterminding a murder-for-hire plot that culminated in the stabbing death of his estranged wife in the parking garage of a Century City high-rise in July, authorities said. James Fayed is charged with capital murder for allegedly paying the manager of his Moorpark ranch $25,000 to help arrange the slaying of his estranged wife, Pamela, with whom he was involved in bitter divorce proceedings, authorities said. Neither Fayed nor the manager, Jose Luis Moya, are believed to have actually wielded the knife in the July 28 attack, according to law enforcement sources familiar with the case.
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November 18, 2011 | By Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times
As hired killers slit Pamela Fayed's throat in a Century City parking garage, her "bloodcurdling" screams echoed throughout the structure. Bystanders turned their heads in the direction of the horrific attack, footage from security cameras shows. The only person within earshot who didn't react was the victim's estranged husband who was sitting on a nearby bench "texting on his cellphone, like he doesn't have a care in the world," Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy said Thursday, moments before sentencing James Fayed to death for the contract killing.
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August 3, 2008 | Scott Glover and Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writers
The husband of a woman stabbed to death in the parking garage of a Century City high-rise last week was arrested late Friday on federal charges related to the international gold trading company he ran with his wife, an FBI spokeswoman confirmed Saturday. FBI agents took James Fayed into custody at his home in a remote area of Ventura County, said spokeswoman Laura Eimiller. Fayed was taken to Ventura County Jail and is expected make his initial appearance in U.S. District Court this week.
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June 1, 2011 | By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
The wealthy gold trader sat in a Los Angeles jail — a prime suspect in the recent killing of his wife — and opened up to his cellmate. James Fayed recounted paying one of his employees to organize his wife's slaying. He angrily explained how he had arranged several opportunities for the killers to strike but said they blundered by carrying out the fatal stabbing in a well-lighted Century City parking garage and using a family vehicle as their getaway car. Worried about being caught, Fayed plotted with the cellmate to kill his accomplices to "clean up the…mess.
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May 20, 2011 | By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
A Ventura County businessman was found guilty Thursday of masterminding the 2008 fatal stabbing of his estranged wife in a Century City parking garage, a crime that prosecutors say was hatched as the couple waged a bitter and potentially expensive divorce. James Fayed, 48, who could face the death penalty, whispered to his attorney but showed no emotion as a clerk in the downtown Los Angeles courtroom read the verdict. The victim's adult daughter closed her eyes and took a deep breath.
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June 1, 2011 | By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
The wealthy gold trader sat in a Los Angeles jail — a prime suspect in the recent killing of his wife — and opened up to his cellmate. James Fayed recounted paying one of his employees to organize his wife's slaying. He angrily explained how he had arranged several opportunities for the killers to strike but said they blundered by carrying out the fatal stabbing in a well-lighted Century City parking garage and using a family vehicle as their getaway car. Worried about being caught, Fayed plotted with the cellmate to kill his accomplices to "clean up the…mess.
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November 18, 2011 | By Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times
As hired killers slit Pamela Fayed's throat in a Century City parking garage, her "bloodcurdling" screams echoed throughout the structure. Bystanders turned their heads in the direction of the horrific attack, footage from security cameras shows. The only person within earshot who didn't react was the victim's estranged husband who was sitting on a nearby bench "texting on his cellphone, like he doesn't have a care in the world," Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy said Thursday, moments before sentencing James Fayed to death for the contract killing.
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October 9, 2008 | Scott Glover
A Ventura County businessman pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murder-for-hire charges in the stabbing death of his estranged wife in a Century City parking garage. James Fayed, who was engaged in a bitter divorce with his wife, Pamela, is accused of arranging her killing in July. A preliminary hearing was set for Nov. 6, said Fayed's attorney, Mark Werksman. -- Scott Glover
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August 28, 2008 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
For months Pamela Fayed thought her life might be in danger. She talked about it with a neighbor. She sent text messages to a business associate. Her brother, Scott Goudie, said it was a frequent topic of their weekly conversations. "She said, 'If you don't hear from me, something is wrong," said Goudie, who lives in Salt Lake City. On July 28, her fear became reality. Moments after leaving a meeting with her estranged husband and divorce attorneys, Pamela Fayed, 44, was slashed and stabbed to death in the parking garage of a Century City office building.
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August 19, 2008 | Andrew Blankstein
The estranged husband of a woman stabbed to death in a Century City parking garage pleaded not guilty Monday to a federal charge of operating an unlicensed money transmitting business. James Michael Fayed, 45, was ordered back to court Sept. 15 for a status conference, and his trial is set to begin Sept. 30. His wife, Pamela, 44, was killed July 28. Although Fayed has not been charged in the slaying, prosecutors have said in court documents that he is "the primary suspect."
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May 20, 2011 | By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
A Ventura County businessman was found guilty Thursday of masterminding the 2008 fatal stabbing of his estranged wife in a Century City parking garage, a crime that prosecutors say was hatched as the couple waged a bitter and potentially expensive divorce. James Fayed, 48, who could face the death penalty, whispered to his attorney but showed no emotion as a clerk in the downtown Los Angeles courtroom read the verdict. The victim's adult daughter closed her eyes and took a deep breath.
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December 3, 2008 | Richard Winton
Police Tuesday released video footage they say shows a hit man moments after he fatally stabbed a woman in a Century City parking garage in July and who remains at large. Los Angeles Police Det. Salaam Abdul said footage from a video surveillance camera in the parking garage shows the assailant getting out of the back of a rented red Suzuki sport utility vehicle and struggling at a control panel to move the arm of a parking barrier so he can exit. Prosecutors have charged James Fayed with capital murder for allegedly paying the manager of his Moorpark ranch $25,000 to help arrange the July 28 slaying of Fayed's wife, Pamela, 44. The couple were embroiled in bitter divorce proceedings.
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October 9, 2008 | Scott Glover
A Ventura County businessman pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murder-for-hire charges in the stabbing death of his estranged wife in a Century City parking garage. James Fayed, who was engaged in a bitter divorce with his wife, Pamela, is accused of arranging her killing in July. A preliminary hearing was set for Nov. 6, said Fayed's attorney, Mark Werksman. -- Scott Glover
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September 16, 2008 | Scott Glover and Richard Winton, Times Staff Writers
A Ventura County businessman was charged Monday with masterminding a murder-for-hire plot that culminated in the stabbing death of his estranged wife in the parking garage of a Century City high-rise in July, authorities said. James Fayed is charged with capital murder for allegedly paying the manager of his Moorpark ranch $25,000 to help arrange the slaying of his estranged wife, Pamela, with whom he was involved in bitter divorce proceedings, authorities said. Neither Fayed nor the manager, Jose Luis Moya, are believed to have actually wielded the knife in the July 28 attack, according to law enforcement sources familiar with the case.
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August 28, 2008 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
For months Pamela Fayed thought her life might be in danger. She talked about it with a neighbor. She sent text messages to a business associate. Her brother, Scott Goudie, said it was a frequent topic of their weekly conversations. "She said, 'If you don't hear from me, something is wrong," said Goudie, who lives in Salt Lake City. On July 28, her fear became reality. Moments after leaving a meeting with her estranged husband and divorce attorneys, Pamela Fayed, 44, was slashed and stabbed to death in the parking garage of a Century City office building.
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August 19, 2008 | Andrew Blankstein
The estranged husband of a woman stabbed to death in a Century City parking garage pleaded not guilty Monday to a federal charge of operating an unlicensed money transmitting business. James Michael Fayed, 45, was ordered back to court Sept. 15 for a status conference, and his trial is set to begin Sept. 30. His wife, Pamela, 44, was killed July 28. Although Fayed has not been charged in the slaying, prosecutors have said in court documents that he is "the primary suspect."
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July 30, 2008 | Catherine Saillant and Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writers
Before she was fatally stabbed in a Century City parking garage, Pamela Fayed was preparing to embark on the next chapter of a life that in many ways had been very good to her. With her husband, James Fayed, she owned a Camarillo-based precious-metals business called Goldfinger Coin and Bullion Sales and an associated Internet firm, e-Bullion. The couple owned a ranch house in a remote canyon near Moorpark and a two-story home in the Camarillo foothills.
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August 8, 2008 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
A woman stabbed to death in a Century City parking garage may have confided in attorneys about threats on her life as she and her husband fought over ownership of their gold trading business, and that information could aid homicide investigators, a lawyer representing the dead woman's daughter told a judge Thursday.
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August 7, 2008 | Scott Glover, Times Staff Writer
A man deemed the "primary suspect" in the stabbing death of his estranged wife in the parking garage of a Century City high-rise was ordered held without bail Wednesday as he awaits trial on a federal charge stemming from the gold trading business he ran with his wife. U.S. District Judge Otis D.
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