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November 4, 1988 | PATRICIA KLEIN LERNER, Times Staff Writer
Robert Anthony Von Villas on Thursday became the second of two former Los Angeles police detectives to be convicted of first-degree murder for killing a Northridge businessman in exchange for $20,000 from the victim's ex-wife. Von Villas, 44, of Simi Valley, was convicted by a Van Nuys Superior Court jury in the 1983 contract killing of former debt collector Thomas Weed, 52.
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November 4, 1988 | PATRICIA KLEIN LERNER, Times Staff Writer
Robert Anthony Von Villas on Thursday became the second of two former Los Angeles police detectives to be convicted of first-degree murder for killing a Northridge businessman in exchange for $20,000 from the victim's ex-wife. Von Villas, 44, of Simi Valley, was convicted by a Van Nuys Superior Court jury in the 1983 contract killing of former debt collector Thomas Weed, 52.
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September 29, 1988
The attorney for one of two former Los Angeles police officers accused of the contract killing of a Northridge businessman whose body has never been found told jurors in closing arguments Wednesday there is no evidence that the man is dead or that his client killed him. The man, Thomas Weed, may have secretly fled in fear of his life after learning that his ex-wife was seeking to kill him, said Richard P. Lasting, attorney for Richard Herman Ford.
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March 9, 1989
Former Los Angeles Police Officer Robert Von Villas was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole in the 1983 contract slaying of a Northridge businessman. A Superior Court judge sentenced Von Villas, 44, of Simi Valley, despite claims by Villas and his attorneys that at least four of the jurors who convicted him of murder in November were influenced by discussions outside the jury room.
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July 31, 1992 | JAMES QUINN
Attorneys for two former Los Angeles police officers convicted of the contract slaying of a Northridge businessman argued to an appeal court Thursday that the pair should get a new trial because jurors deliberated outside court. The attorneys for Robert A. Von Villas, 48, of Simi Valley, and Richard H.
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January 22, 1988
Two former Los Angeles police officers, already convicted of attempted murder and armed robbery, were ordered Thursday to appear in Van Nuys Superior Court next week to begin a new trial on a charge that they murdered a Northridge man for $20,000. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Alexander H. Williams III ordered former Devonshire Division officers Richard Herman Ford, 46, and Robert Anthony Von Villas, 42, to appear Wednesday before Judge Darlene E. Schempp in Van Nuys.
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July 21, 1995 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A California appellate court upheld the murder conviction of former Los Angeles Police Officer Robert Von Villas on Thursday, despite agreeing that there was juror misconduct during his trial for the contract killing of a San Fernando Valley businessman. In a 2-1 ruling, the 2nd District Court of Appeal said that although a juror violated the trial judge's order by looking at a newspaper article about the conviction of Von Villas' accomplice, she was not biased.
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November 18, 1992 | JOSH MEYER
In a ruling that brought a sharp protest from a dissenting judge, a state appeals court panel has vacated the first-degree murder conviction of a former Los Angeles police officer in the contract slaying of a Northridge businessman whose wife wanted him dead.
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March 9, 1989 | MAYERENE BARKER, Times Staff Writer
Former Los Angeles Police Officer Robert Von Villas was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole in the 1983 contract slaying of a Northridge businessman. Superior Court Judge Darlene E. Schempp sentenced Von Villas, 44, of Simi Valley, despite claims by him and by his attorneys that at least four of the jurors who convicted him of murder in November were influenced by discussions outside the jury room.
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October 25, 1988 | PATRICIA KLEIN LERNER, Times Staff Writer
A former Los Angeles police officer on trial in the contract killing of a Northridge businessman was an assassin who used the trust that society placed in him as the "perfect cover" for murder, a prosecutor said Monday. In closing arguments at the trial of former Officer Robert Von Villas, Deputy Dist. Atty. Robert P. O'Neill said Von Villas and former Officer Richard Ford "became the very enemy they swore to protect us against."
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September 20, 1988 | PATRICIA KLEIN LERNER, Times Staff Writer
A Canoga Park woman accused of hiring two former Los Angeles police officers to kill her ex-husband in 1983 also threatened 24 years ago to kill an earlier husband, the former spouse testified Monday. Richard B. Shepard said he left his then-wife, Janie E. Ogilvie, in May, 1964, about six months after their marriage, after she threatened to kill him with his own pistol during a fight.
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