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December 1, 1993 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Menendez family estate, once valued at up to $14 million, is virtually depleted, it was disclosed Tuesday at Lyle and Erik Menendez's murder trial. Shrunken by taxes, legal fees and other costs, Jose and Kitty Menendez's estate is worth no more than $800,000--and has debts at least that high, defense lawyer Leslie Abramson said in court. Probate records are sealed and the defense had kept financial figures secret throughout the trial.
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January 10, 1996
After 15 days on the witness stand, Erik Menendez completed his testimony Tuesday at his murder trial with a dramatic flourish: He said he believed his wealthy, domineering father, entertainment executive Jose Menendez, was a killer with Mafia connections. As he has many times, Menendez ended his testimony with a final denial that he intended to kill his parents when he fired his Mossberg shotgun at them at the family's Beverly Hills mansion in August 1989.
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September 14, 1993 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lyle Menendez testified Monday that his mother was "very strange" and frequently violent and that she--like his father--sexually abused him. Until he was 13, his mother would wash his body "everywhere," he said. She also would invite him into bed with her and he would touch her "everywhere," he testified. "I took it to be love," Lyle Menendez said, adding, "She was enjoying it." But he was not enjoying it, he said, so he stopped the activities, which enraged her.
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March 1, 1994 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With seven TV cameras trained on her every move, Leslie Abramson arrived Monday morning at the Van Nuys courthouse to meet her public. Clad in a regal purple dress, she tossed out bon mots and good mornings to the TV crews--who helped make her a national celebrity of sorts during the trial of Lyle and Erik Menendez. She nodded to the gaggle of groupies who would not dare miss a hearing involving the brothers.
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August 31, 1993 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kitty Menendez, who over the years was needy, pathetic, athletic, disorganized, suspicious and spacey, "all kinds of contradictory things," simply seemed strange three weeks before her sons killed her, a former neighbor testified Monday. Called by the defense as Lyle and Erik Menendez's murder trial resumed after a four-day recess, Alicia Hercz said Kitty Menendez "kept staring" into space when they met Aug. 1, 1989, at the Menendez home in Beverly Hills.
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October 13, 1993 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At age 13, Erik Menendez confided that his father was molesting him, a cousin testified Tuesday. With the defense in the Menendez brothers' murder trial seeking to corroborate controversial claims of abuse, cousin Andres (Andy) Cano testified that Erik Menendez told him that his father gave him genital "massages."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 1993 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON
With one of the two juries in the Menendez brothers murder trial listening again to snatches of testimony, another day passed without a verdict. Lyle Menendez's jury, in a 10th day of deliberations, requested the rereading of testimony about his hairpiece and about the origins of a tape-recorded session between the brothers and their Beverly Hills psychologist, L. Jerome Oziel, on Dec. 11, 1989.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 1994 | STEVEN HERBERT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Although a mistrial has been declared in the Erik Menendez murder case and jury deliberations are continuing in the trial of his brother Lyle, both CBS and Fox are proceeding with projects based on the sensationalized Beverly Hills killings of their parents, Jose and Kitty Menendez. "It is incumbent on us to be very circumspect about what we say and where we put the emphasis," said Zev Braun, producer of a four-hour miniseries for CBS, targeted to air during the May ratings sweeps.
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December 7, 1993 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jurors in the Menendez brothers murder trial will be given instructions on self-defense that could lead to a reduced manslaughter verdict but not to outright acquittal, the judge in the case decided Monday--all but dashing defense hopes that the brothers might be exonerated. Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Stanley M.
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July 27, 1993 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Erik Menendez confessed to the shotgun slayings of his parents, saying his brother had told him, "Let's do it," with the instruction, "Shoot Mom," his onetime best friend testified Monday. Craig Cignarelli, 23, testifying as a prosecution witness, said Erik Menendez also told him he had shot his mother in the TV room of the family's $4-million Beverly Hills mansion "as she was standing up and yelling."
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February 11, 1994 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Weeks after prosecutors promised that they would have new evidence for the retrial of the Menendez brothers, a potential piece of new evidence has surfaced--and immediately generated controversy. At issue is a letter purportedly written by Lyle Menendez to a former girlfriend before she testified at the brothers' recently completed trial in Van Nuys Superior Court, which resulted in two hung juries.
NEWS
January 29, 1994 | AMY WALLACE and BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The testimony had taken five months, but two of the men on the Erik Menendez jury were sure they would have a verdict in an hour. What was there to argue about? The younger Menendez brother was obviously guilty of first-degree murder. He was a baldfaced liar, making up that stuff about being molested by his father. So after their jury went behind closed doors in the late afternoon of Dec. 15, both men thought they would be done in no time. Pick a foreman. Vote. Go home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 1994 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The trial of the Menendez brothers provided great theater. But after more than six months in court, it apparently will have produced zilch in the justice column. The Erik Menendez jury gave up two weeks ago, officially hung. The Lyle Menendez jury is due back in court Friday, having already announced that it is deadlocked in the case of the older of the Beverly Hills brothers charged with murder in the Aug. 20, 1989, shotgun slayings of their wealthy parents.
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January 26, 1994 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the first indication that the entire Menendez case will have to be retried, the Lyle Menendez jury reported Tuesday that it was deadlocked in its deliberations on charges against the older of the brothers accused of murdering their millionaire parents. Last week's earthquake clearly did not shake the panel into a compromise--a note was sent out Tuesday morning, barely two hours after deliberations resumed following an extraordinary 10-day break.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 1994 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Returning to a still-closed Van Nuys courthouse, jurors in the Lyle Menendez murder trial resumed deliberations Monday after a break that stretched to 10 days because of the earthquake. All 12 jurors, who live in the hard-hit San Fernando Valley, met behind closed doors in the morning with Superior Court Judge Stanley M. Weisberg, apparently telling him in an hourlong hearing that they could go on--if the schedule included some flexibility for personal business in the wake of the quake.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 1994 | STEVEN HERBERT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Although a mistrial has been declared in the Erik Menendez murder case and jury deliberations are continuing in the trial of his brother Lyle, both CBS and Fox are proceeding with projects based on the sensationalized Beverly Hills killings of their parents, Jose and Kitty Menendez. "It is incumbent on us to be very circumspect about what we say and where we put the emphasis," said Zev Braun, producer of a four-hour miniseries for CBS, targeted to air during the May ratings sweeps.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 1993 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lyle Menendez's onetime girlfriend testified Monday that his younger brother knew he wore a toupee, contradicting the brothers on a key detail in their murder trial. Ex-girlfriend Jamie Pisarcik said Erik Menendez told her he knew of the toupee during a conversation in early 1989 in the Menendez mansion in Beverly Hills. "He was kind of joking because he was amazed that Lyle all this time had the hairpiece," Pisarcik said, adding, "He was amazed because Lyle's hair always looked so perfect."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 1993 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jose and Kitty Menendez were affectionate parents, but their sons were bratty kids who talked back and spent their money freely, Kitty Menendez's brother testified Tuesday. The first relative to testify for the prosecution against Lyle and Erik Menendez, Brian Andersen painted a vastly different picture of life in the Menendez household than have dozens of defense witnesses--including Andersen's ex-wife and son.
NEWS
January 14, 1994 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A mistrial was declared Thursday in the murder trial of Erik Menendez after his jury reported it could not reach verdicts in the case that began as a simple whodunit but became dominated by impassioned claims of fear and molestation within the gates of a Beverly Hills mansion. Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Stanley M.
NEWS
January 13, 1994 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two days after reporting it was hopelessly deadlocked, the Erik Menendez jury seemed back in full deliberations Wednesday with the judge disclosing two notes that suggested the jurors were focusing on murder charges. In the first note, sent late Tuesday and read aloud Wednesday in Van Nuys Superior Court, the jury asked for an "explanation and amplification" of several legal concepts, including one of the key distinctions between first- and second-degree murder.
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