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March 26, 1998 | MIMI KO CRUZ
Police are asking for help in tracing the movements of a man suspected of killing and butchering a 12-year-old. John Samuel Ghobrial, 27, is accused of dismembering Juan Delgado's body and encasing his limbs in concrete blocks. Detectives are trying to place Ghobrial's whereabouts from March 17, when Delgado disappeared, to Sunday, when Ghobrial was arrested, Police Capt. John Rees said. "Although a great deal of information has surfaced, uncertainties still remain," he said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 2001 | MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A jury on Thursday recommended the death sentence for an Egyptian immigrant convicted of molesting and killing a 12-year-old La Habra boy before encasing his dismembered body in concrete chunks. The jury took less than five hours to decide, with some panelists describing the deliberations as emotionally wrenching. Several jurors wept as they left the courthouse. "We all agreed on the penalty, but it's hard to put someone to death," said one juror, who declined to give his name.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 1998 | MIMI KO CRUZ
The one-armed man accused of murdering and dismembering a 12-year-old La Habra boy pleaded not guilty in Municipal Court in Fullerton on Friday, moments before another murder suspect attacked him. John Samuel Ghobrial was jumped by Benjamin Lemus, a suspected La Habra gang member awaiting arraignment on charges that he murdered an Anaheim teen. Bailiffs used pepper spray to break up the altercation. "It was unprovoked," Orange County Marshal's Sgt. Kyle Thomas said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 1998 | MIMI KO CRUZ
The one-armed man accused of murdering and dismembering a 12-year-old La Habra boy pleaded not guilty in Municipal Court in Fullerton on Friday, moments before another murder suspect attacked him. John Samuel Ghobrial was jumped by Benjamin Lemus, a suspected La Habra gang member awaiting arraignment on charges that he murdered an Anaheim teen. Bailiffs used pepper spray to break up the altercation. "It was unprovoked," Orange County Marshal's Sgt. Kyle Thomas said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 2001 | MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A jury on Thursday recommended the death sentence for an Egyptian immigrant convicted of molesting and killing a 12-year-old La Habra boy before encasing his dismembered body in concrete chunks. The jury took less than five hours to decide, with some panelists describing the deliberations as emotionally wrenching. Several jurors wept as they left the courthouse. "We all agreed on the penalty, but it's hard to put someone to death," said one juror, who declined to give his name.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 1998 | MIMI KO CRUZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The grisly murder of a 12-year-old brought 200 parents to Washington Middle School on Thursday night to talk with school administrators, psychologists and the police chief about the tragedy that has shaken this city. "Certainly, moms and dads are understandably frightened," Police Chief Steven H. Staveley said. "In a society of 260 million people, these horrible, horrible, evil people are out there and these things do happen. But this is an aberration. . . . This is a safe community."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 1998 | MIMI KO CRUZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Juan Manuel Delgado, the 12-year-old boy killed, dismembered and partially encased in concrete, was laid to rest Saturday as grieving relatives and friends remembered an energetic boy who loved making people laugh. "He was always smiling, telling jokes and offering to help," his cousin Sofia Delgado said after an emotional open-casket memorial service at a Long Beach mortuary attended by about 200 people. After the service, Juan was buried at Westminster Memorial Park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 1998 | ESTHER SCHRADER and MIMI KO CRUZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The schoolboy whose dismembered body was found encased in concrete was killed by a one-handed drifter who lived alone in a backyard shed strewn with sexually explicit magazines and children's toys, police alleged Monday. Six people who live in a house and trailer on the property where Juan Delgado, 12, allegedly was killed were released by police Monday, a day after they were arrested.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 1999
A body part encased in concrete that was discovered in a La Habra backyard over the weekend appears to match the dismembered remains of a boy found nearby last year, authorities said Tuesday. But DNA tests are needed to positively identify the pelvis, which neighbors found Saturday behind an abandoned nursing home, coroner's officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 1998 | MIMI KO CRUZ and DEBRA CANO and JOHN POPE
Friends and neighbors of Juan Delgado recently planted a tree at Corona Park as a tribute to the slain boy. The 12-year-old was found dead, dismembered and partially encased in concrete on March 21, four days after he failed to return home from school. Students at Washington Middle School, where Juan was a sixth-grader, decided to plant the tree as a way to remember him and to help them cope with the tragedy. Neighbors joined the kids in the tree-planting ceremony Saturday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 1998 | MIMI KO CRUZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Juan Manuel Delgado, the 12-year-old boy killed, dismembered and partially encased in concrete, was laid to rest Saturday as grieving relatives and friends remembered an energetic boy who loved making people laugh. "He was always smiling, telling jokes and offering to help," his cousin Sofia Delgado said after an emotional open-casket memorial service at a Long Beach mortuary attended by about 200 people. After the service, Juan was buried at Westminster Memorial Park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 1998 | MIMI KO CRUZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The grisly murder of a 12-year-old brought 200 parents to Washington Middle School on Thursday night to talk with school administrators, psychologists and the police chief about the tragedy that has shaken this city. "Certainly, moms and dads are understandably frightened," Police Chief Steven H. Staveley said. "In a society of 260 million people, these horrible, horrible, evil people are out there and these things do happen. But this is an aberration. . . . This is a safe community."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1998 | MIMI KO CRUZ
Police are asking for help in tracing the movements of a man suspected of killing and butchering a 12-year-old. John Samuel Ghobrial, 27, is accused of dismembering Juan Delgado's body and encasing his limbs in concrete blocks. Detectives are trying to place Ghobrial's whereabouts from March 17, when Delgado disappeared, to Sunday, when Ghobrial was arrested, Police Capt. John Rees said. "Although a great deal of information has surfaced, uncertainties still remain," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 1998 | ESTHER SCHRADER and MIMI KO CRUZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The schoolboy whose dismembered body was found encased in concrete was killed by a one-handed drifter who lived alone in a backyard shed strewn with sexually explicit magazines and children's toys, police alleged Monday. Six people who live in a house and trailer on the property where Juan Delgado, 12, allegedly was killed were released by police Monday, a day after they were arrested.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 1999
A newly discovered concrete block that may contain part of a 12-year-old boy's body is a key piece of evidence that police say they simply overlooked during a search of a La Habra neighborhood last year. Forensic experts determined Monday that the concrete block--believed to contain the pelvic remains of Juan Delgado--was dumped behind an abandoned nursing home a year ago, said La Habra Police Sgt. Jeff Love. Neighbors spotted the block at the Walnut Care Center on Saturday and called police.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1998 | MIMI KO CRUZ
Moved by the horror that has swept this city, hundreds of residents and businesses are raising money for the family of Juan Delgado, the 12-year-old boy who was killed, dismembered and encased in concrete. As of Friday, more than $1,600 had been raised for the Juan Delgado Memorial Fund, set up by police at California State Bank in La Habra.
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