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December 10, 1996 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A divided California Supreme Court upheld a death sentence Monday for a Fullerton man, rejecting arguments that the defendant deserved a new penalty trial because his lawyer was incompetent. John Louis Visciotti was convicted in 1982 of fatally shooting 22-year-old Timothy Dykstra and wounding another co-worker in the eye during a robbery. Visciotti, 38, contended on appeal that his former lawyer, Roger J.
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December 10, 1996 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A divided California Supreme Court upheld a death sentence Monday for a Fullerton man, rejecting arguments that the defendant deserved a new penalty trial because his lawyer was incompetent. John Louis Visciotti was convicted in 1982 of fatally shooting 22-year-old Timothy Dykstra and wounding another co-worker in the eye during a robbery. Visciotti, 38, contended on appeal that his former lawyer, Roger J.
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October 6, 1992 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Supreme Court Monday refused to hear the appeals of two Death Row inmates from Orange County, each of whom was convicted on the basis of testimony from wounded victims. The court declined to review the state's cases of Thomas Francis Edwards, 47, convicted of killing a 12-year-old girl in Cleveland National Forest, and John Louis Visciotti, 34, convicted of killing a Westminster man during a robbery.
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November 18, 1994 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A murderer from Fullerton who is appealing his death sentence claiming his attorney was incompetent had, in fact, "an experienced criminal trial attorney," an Orange County Superior Court judge said Thursday. Attorneys for John Louis Visciotti, 37, had argued before the state Supreme Court that his former attorney, Roger J. Agajanian, never told the jury about his troubled childhood before they sentenced him to death in 1983.
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November 18, 1994 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A murderer from Fullerton who is appealing his death sentence claiming his attorney was incompetent had, in fact, "an experienced criminal trial attorney," an Orange County Superior Court judge said Thursday. Attorneys for John Louis Visciotti, 37, had argued before the state Supreme Court that his former attorney, Roger J. Agajanian, never told the jury about his troubled childhood before they sentenced him to death in 1983.
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November 14, 1994 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like many residents of California's Death Row, John Louis Visciotti is running out of legal challenges to his execution. The 37-year-old Fullerton man, considered one of Orange County's most vicious killers, was convicted in 1982 of murdering one co-worker and shooting a second in the eye during a robbery. In an earlier incident, he had knifed another man and repeatedly stabbed a pregnant woman who begged for mercy.
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November 9, 1987 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
No one has been executed by the State of California in 20 years. Yet the two-seat gas chamber at San Quentin Prison, where 190 men and four women were put to death between 1937 and 1967, is still in operating order. Just a short walk away, in three cell blocks known as Death Row, 198 men, including 16 from Orange County, await the outcomes of their court appeals.
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December 13, 1997 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
White supremacist Gunner Lindberg on Friday became the first person in California to be sentenced to death because of a murder committed out of racial hatred. Before pronouncing sentence in the unprecedented case, Superior Court Judge Robert R. Fitzgerald sought to dispel any lingering doubts that the convicted 22-year-old murderer deserved to die.
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June 9, 1991 | JERRY HICKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Superior Court Judge Robert R. Fitzgerald was about to resume the bench after a lunch break one day when he was informed that Tommy Thompson's death sentence had been upheld by the state Supreme Court. "There is a God," the judge remarked. Thompson, convicted in 1981 of murdering a Mission Viejo woman, is one of six men Fitzgerald has sentenced to die in the gas chamber at San Quentin State Prison. No other judge in Orange County has sent more defendants to Death Row.
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November 8, 1987 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
Sometimes James A. Melton gets so depressed, sitting alone in his 4 1/2-by-10-foot cell on Death Row, that he begins to sob spontaneously. "You get in that cell, nobody around--I've sat in there, and it just feels like the whole world has come down on top of me," he said. There is a new mood these days on Death Row at San Quentin State Prison, where no one has been executed in 20 years. "Some inmates don't want to talk about it," Melton said, "but I do try to talk about it.
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November 14, 1994 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like many residents of California's Death Row, John Louis Visciotti is running out of legal challenges to his execution. The 37-year-old Fullerton man, considered one of Orange County's most vicious killers, was convicted in 1982 of murdering one co-worker and shooting a second in the eye during a robbery. In an earlier incident, he had knifed another man and repeatedly stabbed a pregnant woman who begged for mercy.
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October 6, 1992 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Supreme Court Monday refused to hear the appeals of two Death Row inmates from Orange County, each of whom was convicted on the basis of testimony from wounded victims. The court declined to review the state's cases of Thomas Francis Edwards, 47, convicted of killing a 12-year-old girl in Cleveland National Forest, and John Louis Visciotti, 34, convicted of killing a Westminster man during a robbery.
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April 19, 1992 | Compile by Jerry Hicks and Mark I. Pinsky
Twenty-Two men who have been sentenced in Orange County Superior Court are on San Quentin's Death Row awaiting execution. Half of them have had their sentences upheld by the State Supreme Court and are in the federal system. State prosecutors say that it could take four or five years to exhaust all their appeals, although the U.S. Supreme Court may streamline the federal appellate process for death sentences. William Charles Payton, 38, Garden Grove. Sentenced: March 5, 1982, by Judge Donald A.
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