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February 18, 2011 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
The prosecutor and defense attorneys agreed on at least one thing: Sonia Rios Risken was a loathsome person. The 60-year-old woman from Lomita was under investigation by the FBI in 2006 after her second husband, a retired naval officer, was fatally shot while visiting her relatives in the Philippines. Her first husband, a retired Marine, was shot to death 19 years earlier under suspiciously similar circumstances. When news leaked that federal agents suspected Risken of masterminding both slayings, local media dubbed her the "Lomita Black Widow.
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January 8, 2013 | By Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times
Over 32 years, Michael Lubahn Clark told authorities a number of contradictory stories about his wife's disappearance from their Torrance home in 1981. First, he said the last he'd heard from her was the slamming of a door. Later, he added that he saw her drive away. At his murder trial last year, Clark told jurors he was sure his wife returned home after that night because he had spread powder on the ground that tracked her footprints. On Monday, Clark walked into court with yet another story.
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January 19, 2012 | By Rosanna Xia, Los Angeles Times
New technology or DNA evidence often helps crack decades-old slaying cases, but in the case of 58-year-old Archie McFarland, years of inconsistent testimony finally sealed the fate of his killer. "The passage of time played to this case's advantage," Deputy Dist. Atty. John Lewin said. "Lies are hard to remember. The truth never changes. " On Wednesday, more than 25 years after McFarland was stabbed to death outside his Torrance home, L.A. County Superior Court Judge Mark S. Arnold sentenced Janos Kulcsar, now 60, to 26 years to life in prison.
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January 19, 2012 | By Rosanna Xia, Los Angeles Times
New technology or DNA evidence often helps crack decades-old slaying cases, but in the case of 58-year-old Archie McFarland, years of inconsistent testimony finally sealed the fate of his killer. "The passage of time played to this case's advantage," Deputy Dist. Atty. John Lewin said. "Lies are hard to remember. The truth never changes. " On Wednesday, more than 25 years after McFarland was stabbed to death outside his Torrance home, L.A. County Superior Court Judge Mark S. Arnold sentenced Janos Kulcsar, now 60, to 26 years to life in prison.
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October 27, 2007 | Megan Garvey, Times Staff Writer
A man convicted last month in the nearly 23-year-old stabbing death of a woman in Torrance was sentenced Friday to life without the possibility of parole by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark S. Arnold. William Charles Marshall, 46, sat expressionless in a Torrance courtroom throughout tearful statements from members of his victim's family. Robin Lucille Hoynes, 21, of Whittier was found dead on the morning of Oct.
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January 8, 2013 | By Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times
Over 32 years, Michael Lubahn Clark told authorities a number of contradictory stories about his wife's disappearance from their Torrance home in 1981. First, he said the last he'd heard from her was the slamming of a door. Later, he added that he saw her drive away. At his murder trial last year, Clark told jurors he was sure his wife returned home after that night because he had spread powder on the ground that tracked her footprints. On Monday, Clark walked into court with yet another story.
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May 15, 2009 | Richard Winton
An Orange County engineer has been arrested in connection with the unsolved slaying of a Torrance nurse who was found dead inside her apartment 30 years ago. Douglas Gordon Bradford was charged in the Aug. 29, 1979, strangling and fatal stabbing of Lynne Knight in Torrance, said L.A. County Deputy Dist. Atty. John Lewin, who works in the major crimes division. The 28-year-old nurse was stabbed more than 15 times and strangled with a homemade garrote that was found near her body in her Anza Avenue apartment.
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July 3, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
New DNA analysis of blood recovered from a fatal stabbing 10 years ago in Chinatown led the district attorney's office to charge a La Puente man with murder Friday in the death of his former employer, officials said. Thanh Chi Phung, 43, was being held on $1.02-million bail for allegedly stabbing Rosemary Hom, 43, of Pasadena 20 times in her Mazda van, Deputy Dist. Atty. John Lewin said. Officials said the two worked together at a bakery in Chinatown and that Phung was fired for alleged theft.
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November 20, 2001 | STEVE BERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 49-year-old Inglewood man was convicted Monday of killing his wife, tying her 190-pound body to his van because he couldn't lift her, and dragging her through a residential area. A Superior Court jury in Torrance convicted Jude Paulinus Nwandu of the first-degree murder of his wife Georgina, 38, during an argument at their home. Nwandu faces a maximum of 29 years to life when he is sentenced Jan. 17, Deputy Dist. Atty. John Lewin said. Inglewood police Det.
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April 5, 2005 | Caitlin Liu, Times Staff Writer
A judge on Monday sentenced a Cathedral City man to 16 years to life in prison for killing a San Fernando Valley nurse, bringing to an end a 22-year-old case that became one of the first undertaken by the Los Angeles Police Department's "cold case" unit. Edmond Jay Marr, 47, pleaded guilty last month to fatally stabbing Elaine Graham, who vanished on St. Patrick's Day in 1983 after dropping off her toddler daughter with a nanny so that she could attend classes at Cal State Northridge.
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February 18, 2011 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
The prosecutor and defense attorneys agreed on at least one thing: Sonia Rios Risken was a loathsome person. The 60-year-old woman from Lomita was under investigation by the FBI in 2006 after her second husband, a retired naval officer, was fatally shot while visiting her relatives in the Philippines. Her first husband, a retired Marine, was shot to death 19 years earlier under suspiciously similar circumstances. When news leaked that federal agents suspected Risken of masterminding both slayings, local media dubbed her the "Lomita Black Widow.
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May 15, 2009 | Richard Winton
An Orange County engineer has been arrested in connection with the unsolved slaying of a Torrance nurse who was found dead inside her apartment 30 years ago. Douglas Gordon Bradford was charged in the Aug. 29, 1979, strangling and fatal stabbing of Lynne Knight in Torrance, said L.A. County Deputy Dist. Atty. John Lewin, who works in the major crimes division. The 28-year-old nurse was stabbed more than 15 times and strangled with a homemade garrote that was found near her body in her Anza Avenue apartment.
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October 27, 2007 | Megan Garvey, Times Staff Writer
A man convicted last month in the nearly 23-year-old stabbing death of a woman in Torrance was sentenced Friday to life without the possibility of parole by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark S. Arnold. William Charles Marshall, 46, sat expressionless in a Torrance courtroom throughout tearful statements from members of his victim's family. Robin Lucille Hoynes, 21, of Whittier was found dead on the morning of Oct.
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September 29, 2007 | Jack Leonard, Times Staff Writer
A former state fire captain was convicted Friday in the 1984 slaying of a restaurant manager stabbed during a botched late-night robbery at a Kentucky Fried Chicken in Torrance. William Charles Marshall, now 46, had worked at the eatery as an assistant manager but was accused of stealing from the restaurant safe and was fired four days before the killing. During a monthlong trial, prosecutors argued that Marshall returned after the restaurant closed on Oct.
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May 23, 2006 | Lisa Richardson, Times Staff Writer
A Norwalk Superior Court jury Monday convicted Derrick Snowden, 37, of murdering two women in April 1992, rejecting his defense that the crimes were committed by his sister, who was then a teenager. Because of a rare legal loophole, had the jury believed the defense, not only would Derrick Snowden have been acquitted but Monique Snowden, who was 14 at the time of the murders, could not have been tried; neither adult nor juvenile court would have had jurisdiction over her.
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