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October 3, 1991 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Richard K. Overton, a part-time college professor accused in the poisoning death of his wife three years ago, is expected to be released from custody today on $250,000 bail, his attorney said Wednesday. During a brief court appearance Wednesday, attorney Robert D. Chatterton asked that his client's arraignment be postponed until today, when arrangements could be completed to use Overton's Dana Point home as collateral for the bond.
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March 29, 1995 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A defense lawyer told jurors Tuesday that natural heart failure--not cyanide--killed the wife of Richard K. Overton, the Dana Point computer consultant accused of poisoning her to death in 1988. Defense attorney George A. Peters said Janet Overton, a former trustee of the Capistrano Unified School District, had signs of heart trouble and a host of other ailments for months before she collapsed at the family's home and died.
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October 2, 1991 | LILY DIZON and JERRY HICKS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A part-time college professor was arrested Tuesday after the Orange County Grand Jury indicted him for murder in the 1988 cyanide poisoning death of his wife, prominent South County school official Jan Overton. Richard K. Overton, 63, of Dana Point turned himself in to Orange County sheriff's deputies shortly after 8 p.m.--only a few hours after the grand jury returned a sealed indictment in the case, Overton's attorney Robert D. Chatterton confirmed.
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July 25, 1992 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The sudden illness of murder defendant Richard K. Overton forced a postponement of his trial for more than a month, a development that several court observers said Friday could benefit the defense. Overton, who was taken to Western Medical Center-Santa Ana Thursday after complaining of chest pains and dizziness, was released in good health Friday after an overnight evaluation, a hospital spokesman said. Despite his fairly quick release, Orange County Superior Court Judge David O.
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October 15, 1991 | DAVID WILLMAN, This story was reported by Times staff writers David Willman, Matt Lait and Dan Weikel and was written by Willman
She was a lively, gregarious woman who did her own car repairs and plunged selflessly into the world of public education. He, though polite, was a bookish, self-absorbed man who held a keen interest in computers and exuded an intellectual arrogance. Janet L. Overton, an 11-year trustee of the Capistrano Unified School District, had lots of friends. On occasion she would show her appreciation of the district's bus drivers by delivering them doughnuts. Her husband, Richard K.
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September 21, 1990 | JERRY HICKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Richard K. Overton of Dana Point, a mathematics and computer specialist and part-time college professor, is under investigation in the 1988 cyanide-poisoning death of his wife, Jan Overton, a prominent South County school board member. No charges have been filed, and prosecutors have yet to say publicly they are certain that Jan Overton died of foul play.
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October 13, 1991 | DAVID WILLMAN, This story was written by David Willman based on reporting by Times staff writers Matt Lait, Dan Weikel and Willman.
She was a lively, gregarious woman who doted on her son, did her own car repairs and plunged selflessly into the world of public education. He, though polite, was a bookish, self-absorbed man who held a keen interest in computers and exuded an intellectual arrogance. Janet L. Overton, an 11-year trustee of the Capistrano Unified School District, had lots of friends. On occasion she would show her appreciation of the district's bus drivers by delivering them doughnuts. Richard K.
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October 4, 1991 | MATT LAIT and MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Richard K. Overton, a part-time college professor who pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he killed his wife with cyanide, tried to poison a previous wife more than 20 years ago, the woman alleged in court documents. "Beginning with the summer of 1970, and continuing over a period of several years, my ex-husband secretly poisoned my food, including my beverages," Overton's first wife, Dorothy Overton Boyer, said in a four-page declaration on file in Orange County Superior Court.
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October 22, 1991 | MATT LAIT and DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
On his home computer and in notebooks, accused murderer Richard K. Overton kept meticulous diaries of his wife's suspected lovers and her activities, including an ongoing inventory of what he called her "seduction gear"--lingerie, condoms and other sexual aids. Transcripts from an Orange County Grand Jury hearing, released Monday, detail the extent to which Overton spied on his wife, Janet L. Overton, before she died of cyanide poisoning on Jan. 24, 1988.
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June 17, 1992 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even though the cause of Janet L. Overton's death in 1988 remained a mystery to coroner's investigators, Dorothy Boyer had her suspicions. Six months after Overton's death on Jan. 24, 1988, Boyer called sheriff's investigators. She reminded them that she had once been married to the dead woman's husband, Richard K. Overton, and that he had once tried to poison her, she testified Tuesday.
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July 24, 1992 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Richard K. Overton, the Dana Point man accused of poisoning his wife with cyanide, was rushed out of court Thursday and hospitalized after complaining of chest pains and dizziness. The 64-year-old murder defendant was carted from an Orange County Superior courtroom on a gurney at 2:05 p.m. and transported to Western Medical Center-Santa Ana after suffering apparent heart problems. He was listed in stable condition in the hospital's cardiac care unit.
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July 23, 1992 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Richard K. Overton, on trial for fatally poisoning his wife, testified Wednesday that he thought secretly spiking a previous wife's coffee with old prescription drugs was "a neat joke" at the time. The 64-year-old computer consultant's comments came during the second day of an intense cross-examination by the prosecutor, who tried to show that Overton had a pattern of poisoning women he hated.
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July 22, 1992 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
During a contentious cross-examination, a Dana Point man was grilled Tuesday about his "love-hate" relationship with the wife he is accused of killing with cyanide. Richard K. Overton, who is on trial for first-degree murder, frequently sparred with Deputy Dist. Atty. Christopher J. Evans, accusing the prosecutor of having "a very suspicious mind" and a talent for misquoting him. Despite his denial that he killed his wife, Janet L.
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July 21, 1992 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Dana Point computer consultant denied Monday that he killed his wife with a lethal dose of cyanide, but he admitted that he had secretly spiked a previous wife's coffee with prescription drugs. Murder defendant Richard K. Overton, who was the first witness called during the opening of the defense's case in Orange County Superior Court, also acknowledged that he had an interest in poisons and that he had been aware of, and "hurt" by, his dead wife's extramarital affairs.
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June 18, 1992 | LILY DIZON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A retired county sheriff's investigator testified Wednesday that murder defendant Richard K. Overton confessed to sneaking into his ex-wife's home and poisoning her beverages for three years after their divorce in 1969. During an extensive interview, Overton admitted that because of his "hostilities" toward his former wife, Dorothy Boyer, he would at times secretly go into her home to abate some of the anger, the retired investigator, Cliff Miller, testified in Superior Court.
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June 17, 1992 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even though the cause of Janet L. Overton's death in 1988 remained a mystery to coroner's investigators, Dorothy Boyer had her suspicions. Six months after Overton's death on Jan. 24, 1988, Boyer called sheriff's investigators. She reminded them that she had once been married to the dead woman's husband, Richard K. Overton, and that he had once tried to poison her, she testified Tuesday.
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February 24, 1989 | GEORGE BUNDY SMITH, Times Staff Writer
Capistrano school trustee Jan Overton died 13 months ago of cyanide poisoning, officials confirmed Thursday. They declined to discuss how the poison might have gotten into her body. Overton, 46, collapsed at her Dana Point home Jan. 24, 1988, as she prepared to leave for a family outing. Paramedics temporarily revived Overton after she collapsed, but she was declared dead at San Clemente General Hospital.
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July 23, 1992 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Richard K. Overton, on trial for fatally poisoning his wife, testified Wednesday that he thought secretly spiking a previous wife's coffee with old prescription drugs was "a neat joke" at the time. The 64-year-old computer consultant's comments came during the second day of an intense cross-examination by the prosecutor, who tried to show that Overton had a pattern of poisoning women he hated.
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June 16, 1992 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A high-ranking South County school administrator testified Monday that he had had a long-term sexual relationship with Janet L. Overton before her apparent murder by cyanide poisoning in 1988. William F. Dawson, an assistant superintendent of the Capistrano Unified School District, told a Superior Court jury that over a six-year period in the 1980s, he and Overton would secretly meet at hotels, motels and in vehicles, including his pickup truck and her van, to have sex.
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June 10, 1992 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A part-time college professor was so consumed with hatred for his unfaithful wife that he nearly pulled off the "perfect crime" by slipping her a fatal dose of cyanide, a prosecutor charged Tuesday. "This crime took pure hatred to commit, and the evidence will show that this defendant had plenty of it to go around," said Deputy Dist. Atty. Christopher J. Evans on the first day of Richard K. Overton's murder trial.
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