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July 18, 1994 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As authorities began digging up the basement of John Joseph Famalaro's home Sunday, his neighbors in the Prescott Country Club community described the murder suspect as a troubled loner who took pains to avoid contact with them. Famalaro, 37, was arrested Wednesday after a tip about a stolen moving truck turned up the frozen body of Denise A. Huber, 23 of Newport Beach, who disappeared without a trace in June, 1991.
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September 6, 1997 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Joseph Famalaro, one of Orange County's most notorious murderers, was sentenced to death Friday by a Superior Court judge who spoke of the terror that his victim, Denise Huber, must have felt during the final moments of her life. "Just imagine what was going through her mind," Judge John J.
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September 6, 1997 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Joseph Famalaro, one of Orange County's most notorious murderers, was sentenced to death Friday by a Superior Court judge who spoke of the terror that his victim, Denise Huber, must have felt during the final moments of her life. "Just imagine what was going through her mind," Judge John J.
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September 6, 1997 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Joseph Famalaro, one of Orange County's most notorious murderers, was sentenced to death Friday by a Superior Court judge who spoke of the terror that his victim, Denise Huber, must have felt during the final moments of her life. "Just imagine what was going through her mind," Judge John J.
NEWS
July 19, 1994
Denise A. Huber's family said Monday that they have received tremendous emotional and moral support from people throughout Orange County in the days since her body was found in Arizona. "We have received a lot of calls," said Denise Huber's mother, Ione Huber. "It's been amazing." The recent discovery of their daughter's body and the subsequent media attention continues to take their toll on her and her husband, Dennis. "I'm really drained," she said. "We've been taking calls all day.
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April 21, 1997 | THAO HUA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The death penalty trial of former Lake Forest house painter John Joseph Famalaro will be as much about his secretive life and unusual behavior as it is about his guilt or innocence in one of the most sensational murders in Orange County history.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1994 | JEFF BRAZIL and DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Hundreds of people joined Saturday in bidding farewell to Denise Anette Huber, the ever-smiling young waitress who disappeared three years ago and was recently found bludgeoned to death in a freezer.
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July 19, 1994 | KEVIN JOHNSON and KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
When Denise A. Huber's body was found Wednesday, few could blame Costa Mesa Police Lt. Ron Smith for his emotional reaction. For the past three years, the Huber case has been an almost constant companion for Smith and half a dozen other members of the Costa Mesa Police Department assigned to it officially--and consumed by it privately. "I can tell you one thing," Smith said, standing outside the home of murder suspect John Joseph Famalaro, "this thing, this case, has gnawed at me.
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April 22, 1997 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hundreds of potential jurors in the murder trial of John Joseph Famalaro answered written questionnaires Monday regarding their attitudes about the death penalty, but oral questioning was postponed until next week. Just before Monday's court session, a defense attorney learned of her sister's death, prompting the delay. The jury pool, which began two weeks ago with more than 1,200, has been whittled down to fewer than 250.
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July 19, 1994 | KEVIN JOHNSON and RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Building their case against murder suspect John Joseph Famalaro, Arizona and Costa Mesa authorities have recovered clothing believed to have been worn by Denise Huber the night she vanished from Orange County three years ago. The articles of clothing, a black mini-skirt and other articles, were discovered in a box inside Famalaro's cluttered Prescott Country Club home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1997 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Citing community "anger" and "hatred of the defendant," attorneys for John J. Famalaro have asked an Orange County judge to grant a new trial for the man convicted of kidnapping, sexually assaulting and murdering Newport Beach resident Denise Huber.
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June 21, 1997 | JEAN O. PASCO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As he mulls a run for state attorney general, Orange County Dist. Atty. Michael R. Capizzi's agreement this week to accept $30 million from Merrill Lynch in lieu of seeking a criminal indictment against the company could cut both ways, political observers say. The payment could be used to showcase Capizzi to voters as a can-do prosecutor who elicited a substantial sum from a company accused by the county of responsibility in its 1994 bankruptcy.
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June 19, 1997 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Joseph Famalaro should die for kidnapping, sodomizing and killing 23-year-old Denise Anette Huber before hiding her nude body in a freezer for three years, a jury recommended Wednesday in one of Orange County's most notorious murder cases. Famalaro showed no reaction to the death penalty verdict reached by the jury of nine women and three men.
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June 19, 1997 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Joseph Famalaro should die for kidnapping, sodomizing and killing 23-year-old Denise Anette Huber and then hiding her nude body in a freezer for three years, a jury recommended Wednesday in one of Orange County's most notorious murder cases. Famalaro showed no reaction to the death penalty verdict reached by the jury of nine women and three men. Some of the jurors wept as their unanimous verdict was read after a day and a half of deliberations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1997 | GREG HERNANDEZ
A jury deliberated for more than five hours Tuesday without reaching a decision on the fate of convicted murderer John J. Famalaro, who faces execution or life in prison for kidnapping, sexually assaulting and killing Newport Beach resident Denise Huber. The panel of nine women and three men did not request that any testimony from the trial's penalty phase be read back to them before they adjourned in late afternoon. They will resume deliberations today .
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June 17, 1997 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A jury heard compelling yet sharply contrasting closing arguments Monday as to whether John J. Famalaro deserves to live or die for kidnapping, sexually assaulting and murdering Newport Beach resident Denise Huber. The victim's parents, Dennis and Ione Huber, sobbed during parts of Deputy Dist. Atty.
NEWS
September 6, 1997 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Joseph Famalaro, one of Orange County's most notorious murderers, was sentenced to death Friday by a Superior Court judge who spoke of the terror that his victim, Denise Huber, must have felt during the final moments of her life. "Just imagine what was going through her mind," Judge John J.
NEWS
April 21, 1997 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Denise Annette Huber's nude and handcuffed body was discovered tucked inside a freezer on a summer day in 1994, it solved the baffling mystery of what happened to the stranded Newport Beach motorist who disappeared three years earlier. Now, as John Joseph Famalaro's long-awaited murder trial is set to begin today with jury selection in Orange County Superior Court, many of the painful and troubling questions that still surround the bizarre case might finally be answered.
NEWS
June 13, 1997 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Defense attorneys rested their case Thursday in the death penalty trial of one of Orange County's most notorious killers without John J. Famalaro ever taking the witness stand to ask jurors to spare his life. The last witness called was Famalaro's niece, who testified that she still loves her uncle and described him as being "just like a best friend. Kind of like the brother I never had." Angela Thobe, 20, spoke of her close bond with Famalaro and ended her testimony wiping away tears.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1997 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Defense attorneys rested their case Thursday in the death penalty phase of John J. Famalaro's murder trial without the former handyman ever taking the witness stand to ask jurors to spare his life. Ending speculation about whether Famalaro, 40, would plead for mercy, the last witness called was the defendant's niece who testified that she still loves her uncle and described him as being "just like a best friend. Kind of like the brother I never had."
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