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June 19, 1993 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A La Habra janitor was ordered Friday to stand trial on charges of torturing and murdering a Tustin bookkeeper by dousing her with gasoline after a dispute over a $150 check, then walking away as she was engulfed in flames. Jonathan Daniel D'Arcy, 30, wept as he sat shackled during a preliminary hearing in Municipal Court. He could face the death penalty if convicted of the fatal Feb. 2 attack on Karen LaBorde, 42, of Orange, who died the next day from her injuries.
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April 12, 1997 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Buena Park janitor was sentenced to death Friday for dousing a bookkeeper with gasoline and burning her to death in a dispute over a $150 paycheck, but not before protesting his conviction once again. In several emotional outbursts, Jonathan D'Arcy, who previously staged a hunger strike and boycotted his trial, repeated his contention that a space heater, not a flick of his cigarette lighter, started the fire that killed Karin Marie LaBorde of Orange in her Tustin office in 1993.
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January 13, 1995 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A state appeals court has cleared the way for a former janitor to take the highly unusual move of representing himself against capital charges that he set a bookkeeper on fire after a dispute over a $150 check. Jonathan Daniel D'Arcy, 32, of La Habra faces a possible death sentence if convicted of the Feb. 2, 1993, death of Karen Marie LaBorde, 42, of Orange.
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March 5, 1997 | MARTIN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Excuses should not save Jonathan D'Arcy from receiving the death penalty for setting a Tustin bookkeeper on fire, a county prosecutor said Tuesday during a second penalty phase in the case. "This murder is so brutal, so vicious, that there's nothing that can mitigate a death sentence," Deputy Dist. Atty. Robert Molko told a new panel of jurors during opening statements Tuesday in Orange County Superior Court.
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February 27, 1993 | THUAN LE
A La Habra janitor pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Friday to charges of murder and torture in the burning death of a Tustin bookkeeper who was doused with gasoline and set on fire. Jonathan Daniel D'Arcy, 30, softly replied "yes" when Municipal Judge Gary P. Ryan asked him if he was pleading not guilty. Ryan set a preliminary hearing date of April 2 for D'Arcy, who is being held at the County Jail without bail. The defendant is accused of setting Kari LaBorde on fire Feb. 2.
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January 9, 1997 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A jury ended a second day of deliberations Wednesday divided on whether a former janitor should be executed for burning a bookkeeper to death in a dispute over a paycheck. Jurors handed Orange County Superior Court Judge Robert R. Fitzgerald a note saying they were deadlocked, but asked to go home and return to court this morning. The same jury found Jonathan Daniel D'Arcy, 34, guilty of first-degree murder in the 1993 death of Karen Marie LaBorde in her Tustin office.
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February 23, 1994 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A La Habra janitor accused of setting a bookkeeper on fire after a dispute over a $150 check is mentally fit to stand trial for murder, a judge ruled Tuesday. Jonathan Daniel D'Arcy, 31, faces a possible death sentence if convicted of the Feb. 2, 1993, death of Karen Marie LaBorde, 42, of Orange. Orange County Superior Court Judge Robert R.
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September 3, 1993 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A judge ruled Thursday that Jonathan Daniel D'Arcy, accused of dousing a Tustin bookkeeper with gasoline and setting her aflame, is unfit to stand trial for murder and must undergo a 90-day evaluation at a mental hospital. D'Arcy, a 30-year-old janitor from La Habra, is charged with killing Karen Marie LaBorde on Feb. 2 after a dispute over $150 in pay that he claimed he was owed. After a closed hearing in his chambers, Orange County Superior Court Judge Robert R.
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February 5, 1993 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As she lay dying in a hospital bed with third-degree burns covering nearly all of her body, Karen LaBorde's last thoughts were about her husband and her children. LaBorde, who was doused with gasoline and set on fire Tuesday morning, knew that time was running out. Doctors at UCI Medical Center had told her there was little they could do to save her life.
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February 4, 1993 | JON D. MARKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jonathan Daniel D'Arcy, the suspect in the burning death of a Tustin bookkeeper, was described by friends Wednesday as having a "Dr. Jekyll-Mr. Hyde" personality inclined to wild rages that turned him into "the meanest person in the world." From the front porch of his La Habra home, Jeremy Willis, 17, the son of a woman with whom D'Arcy lived on and off for the past five years, said the janitor was sometimes "a nice guy" but "deserves to die" if convicted in the slaying of Karin M. LaBorde.
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March 4, 1997 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the day a jury was being selected to determine whether Jonathan D'Arcy should be executed for setting a Tustin bookkeeper on fire, D'Arcy declared that he wants to be put to death. "I would like to stipulate to death," D'Arcy, 34, said Monday. He is on a hunger strike and being kept alive by a court-ordered feeding tube.
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January 15, 1997 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A mistrial was declared Tuesday after a jury deadlocked over whether a 34-year-old former janitor should be executed for dousing a bookkeeper with gasoline and burning her to death in a dispute over a paycheck. After about five days of deliberation, jurors said they were deadlocked 10 to 2 in favor of sentencing Jonathan D'Arcy to death for the 1993 slaying of Karen Marie LaBorde in her Tustin office. Deputy Dist. Atty.
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January 9, 1997 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A jury ended a second day of deliberations Wednesday divided on whether a former janitor should be executed for burning a bookkeeper to death in a dispute over a paycheck. Jurors handed Orange County Superior Court Judge Robert R. Fitzgerald a note saying they were deadlocked, but asked to go home and return to court this morning. The same jury found Jonathan Daniel D'Arcy, 34, guilty of first-degree murder in the 1993 death of Karen Marie LaBorde in her Tustin office.
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January 7, 1997 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The agonizing final moments of Karen Marie LaBorde filled a courtroom Monday when a prosecutor played a tape recording of the woman made at the hospital and then urged a jury to recommend a death sentence for the man who doused her with gasoline, then ignited her with a cigarette lighter. "Can you think of a more painful and cruel way to kill a person than to light them on fire?" Deputy Dist. Atty. Robert Molko asked jurors, who stared ahead grimly as the tape was played.
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December 20, 1996 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Buena Park man who faces execution for burning a bookkeeper to death appeared at his trial for the first time Thursday, reading jurors several of his poems and sharing other personal stories. Jonathan D'Arcy previously refused to attend his trial, repeatedly objecting to the way his case has been handled. But he changed his mind Thursday as his lawyer sought to give jurors a personal glimpse of the man whose fate they must decide.
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December 13, 1996 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A hunger-striking murder defendant who refused to attend his own trial was quickly found guilty Thursday of burning a bookkeeper to death in a dispute over his $150 paycheck. Jurors will return to court Monday to decide if should be executed for the Feb. 2, 1993, slaying of Karen Marie LaBorde. The panel deliberated about 3 1/2 hours before finding the 34-year-old janitor guilty of first-degree murder, as well as torture and mayhem charges that make him eligible for the death sentence.
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February 5, 1993 | JON D. MARKMAN and RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Jonathan Daniel D'Arcy, who associates say was pushed past the edge of desperation by a souring love affair and a bitter feud over paychecks, was charged Thursday with murder and torture in the burning death of a Tustin bookkeeper. D'Arcy appeared before Municipal Judge Gary P. Ryan, who ordered the 30-year-old La Habra janitor held without bail. He could face the death penalty if convicted. D'Arcy is accused of slaying Quintessence Building Maintenance Co.
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February 7, 1993 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Karen Marie LaBorde, the bookkeeper who died Tuesday after being set on fire, allegedly by a disgruntled janitor, may have been a "target of opportunity" and not the focus of her assailant's rage, a behavior expert said. "It is rare that a supervisor or the subject of a romantic obsession gets hurt," Dr. Chris Hatcher, a clinical professor of psychology at the UC San Francisco, said Friday.
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December 3, 1996 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With a murder defendant who was on a hunger strike looking markedly healthier than he did last week, a Superior Court judge Monday ordered a halt to the forced feeding of the man. Jonathan D'Arcy, 34, appeared disheveled but sounded lucid during a brief court appearance Monday during which Superior Court Judge David O. Carter called off the defendant's forced feeding by intravenous tube after six days.
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November 27, 1996 | ANNA CEKOLA and J.R. MOEHRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A man standing trial on capital murder charges refused to end a 13-day hunger strike Tuesday, but was being fed liquids intravenously in an Orange County Jail hospital ward, sheriff's officials said. Jonathan D'Arcy's hunger strike over claims that his case has been mishandled has put court officials in the position of forcing him to eat even though he faces the death penalty if convicted on charges that he set a Tustin bookkeeper on fire three years ago. Superior Court Judge David O.
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