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February 29, 2000
The chief executive of a pharmaceutical company was ambushed and shot in the face as he arrived for work at the Irvine Spectrum office building Monday. James Patrick Riley, 58, of Newport Beach, head of Biofem Inc., had just emerged from his car on Alton Parkway at about 10 a.m. when a masked gunman approached, shot him and ran through a courtyard to a waiting van. None of Riley's belongings were taken, and police said they were still looking for a motive.
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June 30, 2001 | MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles businessman who drove the getaway car in the attempted murder of an Irvine drug company executive was sentenced Friday to 26 years to life in prison after last-minute negotiations aimed at getting him to identify the shooter failed. The sentencing of Dino D'Saachs, 58, ties up one cord of a tangled case involving high-stakes drug research, the South African military and a hired hit man. But authorities still do not know who shot James Patrick Riley, the CEO of Biofem Inc.
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July 8, 2000 | From Associated Press
The alleged getaway driver in the botched murder conspiracy against an Irvine medical products company chief has been ordered to stand trial in September. Orange County Superior Court Judge Francisco P. Briseno on Friday set a Sept. 11 trial date for Dino D'Saachs, who pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder. A pretrial hearing was scheduled for July 28.
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May 3, 2001 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A yearlong investigation into the attempted slaying of an Irvine drug company executive took a twist Wednesday when Orange County grand jurors indicted on weapons charges the lab assistant of a doctor who police believe masterminded the murder plot. The unexpected move comes as investigators struggle to find the masked gunman who last year shot and wounded Biofem Inc. Chief Executive James Patrick Riley as he arrived for work.
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May 13, 2000 | JEFF GOTTLIEB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County Superior Court judge Friday denied a motion to move the Biofem attempted murder case to a courtroom elsewhere in the state. The attorney for Los Angeles businessman Dino D'Saachs asked for the change of venue because of pretrial publicity. Judge Francisco P. Briseno denied the motion without prejudice, meaning the defendant can make the request again. Briseno set July 7 as the time a trial date will be set.
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April 2, 2000 | JEFF GOTTLIEB and JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Police, FBI and hazardous materials teams scoured the Anaheim home of a disgraced surgeon for a second day Saturday, looking for evidence that might link him to the murder attempt on an Irvine businessman. Irvine police said Dr. Jerry D. Nilsson had cooperated during Friday's questioning about the plot to kill Biofem Inc. CEO James Patrick Riley and did not have an attorney with him. Police Lt. Sam Allevato said Nilsson also was willing to talk to investigators again. He was not arrested.
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May 12, 2000 | LOUISE ROUG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Biological material found at Biofem Inc.'s Irvine headquarters contained tetanus bacteria, health officials said on Thursday. Authorities found no evidence, though, that the material was intended for use in biological weapons or in any other way that might pose a public threat, said Dr. Mark B. Horton, Orange County public health officer.
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March 29, 2000 | LOUISE ROUG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A judge Tuesday set April 10 as the date of a preliminary hearing for Dino D'Saachs, accused of driving the getaway car in a murder attempt on an Irvine businessman last month. The preliminary hearing will determine if D'Saachs, 56, should stand trial on charges that could carry a life sentence, authorities said. The Altadena man is accused of driving a van involved in the attack on James Patrick Riley, who was shot in the face as he arrived for work at his Irvine Spectrum office Feb. 28.
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May 12, 2000
Health officials said Thursday that biological material found at Biofem Inc.'s Irvine headquarters contained tetanus bacteria. Authorities found no evidence, however, that the material was intended for biological weapons or any other use that might pose a public threat, said Dr. Mark Horton, Orange County health officer. Neither of two types of bacteria found at the company's office in March are on the national Centers for Disease Control's list of bio-terrorism agents, he said.
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July 7, 2000 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Detectives hunting for a gunman who shot and wounded an Irvine drug company executive appealed for help Thursday in finding a Los Angeles man who disappeared the day of the shooting. Investigators have been unable to find Tony Rodriguez, who worked for a businessman charged with driving the gunman away from the shooting. Police said they want to question Rodriguez in connection with the case but stopped short of naming him a suspect. Rodriguez was last seen 1 1/2 hours after the Feb.
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March 27, 2001 | RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The masked gunman who shot drug company executive James Patrick Riley at the Irvine Spectrum last year remains at large. And the alleged mastermind of the botched assassination, his partner Dr. Larry C. Ford, committed suicide. On Monday, the alleged getaway driver, Dino D'Saachs, went on trial for attempted murder in proceedings that could shed light on the bizarre series of events and international intrigue that followed the shooting outside the offices of Biofem Inc.
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July 17, 2000 | JACK LEONARD and JEFF GOTTLIEB, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A series of meetings at the Beverly Hills home of South Africa's trade attache are now the focus of the probe into February's attempted slaying of an Irvine drug company executive. The encounters, which took place in the mid-1980s, are under scrutiny because investigators have discovered that all three named suspects in the Irvine shooting conspiracy attended the events, police said.
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July 8, 2000 | From Associated Press
The alleged getaway driver in the botched murder conspiracy against an Irvine medical products company chief has been ordered to stand trial in September. Orange County Superior Court Judge Francisco P. Briseno on Friday set a Sept. 11 trial date for Dino D'Saachs, who pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder. A pretrial hearing was scheduled for July 28.
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July 7, 2000 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Detectives hunting for a gunman who shot and wounded an Irvine drug company executive appealed for help Thursday in finding a Los Angeles man who disappeared the day of the shooting. Investigators have been unable to find Tony Rodriguez, who worked for a businessman charged with driving the gunman away from the shooting. Police said they want to question Rodriguez in connection with the case but stopped short of naming him a suspect. Rodriguez was last seen 1 1/2 hours after the Feb.
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July 6, 2000 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In his first interview since being shot in an apparent assassination attempt, the chief executive of an Irvine drug company said Wednesday he remains haunted by a masked assailant who fired a bullet into his face as he arrived for work. Biofem Inc. head James Patrick Riley said he has adopted a low profile since the Feb. 28 shooting--screening phone calls, making sure his security alarms are working and keeping a loaded gun beside his bed. For a time, he hid in a hotel under an assumed name.
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July 6, 2000 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's been four months since the CEO of an Irvine drug company was shot in what police describe as an elaborate assassination attempt. But while the case has faded from public view, the gunman remains at large and the victim struggles to pull his life--and the company he helped build--back together.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2000 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In his first interview since being shot in an apparent assassination attempt, the chief executive of an Irvine drug company said Wednesday he remains haunted by a masked assailant who fired a bullet into his face as he arrived for work. Biofem Inc. head James Patrick Riley said he has adopted a low profile since the Feb. 28 shooting--screening phone calls, making sure his security alarms are working and keeping a loaded gun beside his bed. For a time, he hid in a hotel under an assumed name.
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April 1, 2000 | JACK LEONARD and JEFF GOTTLIEB, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Dozens of heavily armed police, FBI agents and hazardous materials experts swarmed a quiet neighborhood Friday to question a surgeon in connection with the attempted murder of an Irvine businessman, marking another twist in the bizarre case. After two days of surveillance, police used a ruse to lure the 69-year-old doctor out of his house: They bumped a dump truck into his parked motor home.
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May 13, 2000 | JEFF GOTTLIEB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County Superior Court judge Friday denied a motion to move the Biofem attempted murder case to a courtroom elsewhere in the state. The attorney for Los Angeles businessman Dino D'Saachs asked for the change of venue because of pretrial publicity. Judge Francisco P. Briseno denied the motion without prejudice, meaning the defendant can make the request again. Briseno set July 7 as the time a trial date will be set.
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May 12, 2000 | LOUISE ROUG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Biological material found at Biofem Inc.'s Irvine headquarters contained tetanus bacteria, health officials said on Thursday. Authorities found no evidence, though, that the material was intended for use in biological weapons or in any other way that might pose a public threat, said Dr. Mark B. Horton, Orange County public health officer.
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