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July 12, 1985 | United Press International
The California Supreme Court has refused to free "onion field" killer Gregory Ulas Powell on bail while the justices decide if he was improperly denied parole. Justice Allen Broussard signed the one-line order Wednesday denying Powell's request for release while the court reviews the legality of the controversial revocation of Powell's 1983 parole date.
March 9, 2008 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
Nearly 70 years before the Red Line subway began whisking passengers under the Civic Center, Los Angeles was already a city with tunnel vision. Beneath the busy streets of the City of the Angels is a complex network of pedestrian tunnels that stretch several blocks from Spring and Temple streets to 1st Street and Grand Avenue. One of the tunnels existed in the early 20th century, connecting a long-gone county jail to a demolished red-sandstone county courthouse.
December 19, 1991
A man convicted of killing a policeman in the "Onion Field" murder case that inspired a book and movie was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of heroin use, a sheriff's deputy said. Jimmy Lee Smith was stopped shortly after midnight by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies who said that they saw him running from a pay telephone. While questioning him, they determined that he was under the influence of heroin, said Deputy Gabe Ramirez.
February 19, 2007 | Stuart Silverstein, Times Staff Writer
Jimmy Lee Smith, who helped kill a police officer in an onion field outside Bakersfield more than 40 years ago, has violated parole and is being sought by law enforcement authorities, officials confirmed Sunday. A California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman, Jonathan Parsley, said Smith, 76, has been at large since Dec. 22. Parsley said he could not specify what parole condition Smith violated.
November 7, 1989
Charles Manson's one-time defense attorney was ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation Monday after the Irvine lawyer burst through a security door into the Los Angeles County district attorney's office and resisted police officers who tried to remove him, authorities said. Irving A. Kanarek was taken to Los Angeles County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center after the unexplained outburst in the Torrance district attorney's office about 8 a.m., Torrance police said.
June 11, 2005 | Caitlin Liu, Times Staff Writer
Convicted killer Jimmy Lee Smith of the infamous "Onion Field" kidnapping-murder case could be headed back to prison, prosecutors said Friday. Smith, 74, faces up to four more years of incarceration if a judge finds that he violated parole by using drugs. He had been out of jail for about a year after serving a 60-day sentence for heroin possession, and was rearrested Tuesday when a police officer spotted him with a syringe, trying to shoot up, Deputy Dist. Atty. Carol Rash said.
November 15, 1987
Jimmy Lee Smith, a convicted killer whose role in the murder of a Los Angeles police officer was chronicled in the book "The Onion Field," was being held without bail Saturday in Burbank after he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of a narcotic, Burbank police said. Lt. Art Moody said Smith, 57, of North Hollywood, was driving an old Plymouth Fury when he was stopped about 10:30 p.m. Friday for a routine traffic violation in the 1000 block of North San Fernando Road.
May 2, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Paroled "Onion Field" police killer Jimmy Lee Smith was arrested in Van Nuys after he allegedly threatened a man with an eight-inch kitchen knife, police said today. Smith, 59, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, two weeks after a man complained that Smith had threatened him, LAPD Lt. John Bradbury said. He is being held without bail because the arrest violates his parole.
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