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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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March 29, 1996 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An aunt of Lyle and Erik Menendez testified Thursday that the family was devastated when Jose and Kitty Menendez were shot to death in 1989, but said "it was worse" last week when jurors convicted the couple's sons of their murders. "It's our agony. It's our pain. Do you know what this daily rehash does to us? It's destroying us. I'm on the verge of a breakdown," Teresita Baralt, the oldest sister of Jose Menendez, told jurors as she urged them not to sentence the brothers to death.
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August 4, 1993 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prosecutors on Tuesday displayed a series of graphic autopsy photos for jurors in the murder trial of Lyle and Erik Menendez that appeared to reduce the brothers to tears. The color pictures show that their father, Jose Menendez, was hit six times and their mother, Kitty Menendez, 10 times with shotgun blasts. Jose Menendez suffered a fatal shot to the back of his head, a coroner's deputy testified as prosecutors posted a picture of the wound.
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March 2, 1996 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After 20 weeks of argument and testimony, the jurors finally began deliberations Friday afternoon in the retrial of the Menendez brothers. The seven men and five women retired to the jury room at lunchtime, taking with them nearly 450 exhibits illustrating the testimony of 64 witnesses. The jurors had spent the morning listening to Superior Court Judge Stanley M. Weisberg's instructions on the law.
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July 22, 1990 | JOHN JOHNSON and RONALD L. SOBLE, John Johnson and Ronald L. Soble, Times staff writers, are working on a book about the Menendez case for New American Library.
ON A MILD SUNDAY last summer, a string of "popping sounds" drifted through the lazy night air of Beverly Hills around 10 o'clock. "I didn't think anything of it," said Tom Zlotow, a neighbor who soon learned that the noises he'd heard from the house right behind his were echoes of the most sensational crime in the history of Beverly Hills. "I didn't even think it could be gunfire, especially around here."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1995 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For almost two weeks, jurors in the retrial of the Menendez brothers have been focusing on the bloody details of parricide, replayed shot by shot and larger than life. It has been grim work. They have heard the chilling, metallic clicks of a 12-gauge Mossberg shotgun similar to the alleged murder weapons; they have seen the blood-encrusted polo shirt Jose Menendez wore when he died. And countless autopsy photos have been projected on a courtroom screen.
BUSINESS
August 25, 1989 | MICHAEL CIEPLY, Times Staff Writer
Exactly who was Jose Menendez? The Hollywood community and police investigators have been furiously pressing that question since Menendez--a relatively little known entertainment executive whose career nonetheless connected with some of the biggest names in show business--was shot dead with his wife, Mary Louise, in their Beverly Hills home last Sunday night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 1993 | From City News Service
Jose Menendez ordered his brother-in-law out of his house when he urged Menendez to take better care of his sons, an uncle of Lyle and Erik Menendez testified today during their murder trial. Peter Cano was the latest in a parade of relatives, neighbors, and former teachers and coaches of Lyle and Erik Menendez to testify that the defendants' parents were abusive. The brothers are accused of planning and carrying out the Aug.
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August 21, 1993 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lyle and Erik Menendez's first tennis coach testified Friday that he never saw love in the Menendez family. Charles P. Wadlington testified at their murder trial that their mother, Kitty Menendez, was always angry and sarcastic. Their father, Jose Menendez, was unrelentingly demanding and "the harshest person I'd ever met," Wadlington said.
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August 25, 1993 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lyle and Erik Menendez's aunt testified Tuesday that she deliberately misled detectives investigating the killings of the brothers' parents by allowing them to believe the Menendez family was close and loving. In riveting cross-examination at the brothers' murder trial, aunt Marta Menendez Cano asserted that she omitted any mention of mistreatment of the brothers to protect the family's image.
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February 27, 1996 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Backed into a corner by adverse legal rulings, but unbowed and nowhere near conceding defeat in the retrial of the Menendez brothers, defense attorney Leslie Abramson came out swinging Monday, seeking acquittal for Erik Menendez during what she says might be the final closing argument of her 27-year legal career. At one point during her argument, Abramson shouted and pounded her fists on the podium. Pointing at Deputy Dist. Attys. David P.
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February 22, 1996 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite the trappings of privilege--the Beverly Hills mansion, the luxury cars, the Ivy League schooling and the poolside-courtside lifestyle--one's family life can be hell, a prosecutor acknowledged Wednesday during closing arguments in the retrial of the Menendez brothers. But an unhappy home life is no excuse for murder, Deputy Dist. Atty. David P.
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November 19, 1995 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For almost two weeks, jurors in the retrial of the Menendez brothers have been focusing on the bloody details of parricide, replayed shot by shot and larger than life. It has been grim work. They have heard the chilling, metallic clicks of a 12-gauge Mossberg shotgun similar to the alleged murder weapons; they have seen the blood-encrusted polo shirt Jose Menendez wore when he died. And countless autopsy photos have been projected on a courtroom screen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1995 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Erik Menendez hung his head, Lyle Menendez averted his gaze and some of their supporters ate candy in court Monday as jurors were shown dozens of gruesome photographs of the shotgunned bodies of parents Jose and Kitty Menendez. So began the final phase of the prosecution's case in the retrial of the Beverly Hills brothers, accused of murdering their parents in the den of the family's mansion six years ago. Deputy Dist. Atty. David P. Conn called private pathologist Robert D.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 1995 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The night after he and his brother killed their millionaire parents, Erik Menendez slept at the home of a Beverly Hills lawyer--sharing the spare bedroom with a safe the brothers believed might contain their father's will, the attorney's wife testified Wednesday. The evidence from Klara Wright, whose son played on the junior tennis circuit with Erik, was not offered at the brothers' first trial for the 1989 shotgun slayings of entertainment executive Jose Menendez, 45, and his wife, Kitty, 47.
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October 12, 1995 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Within 24 hours of shotgunning their millionaire parents to death, Erik and Lyle Menendez "were carrying their dead parents' safe to the home of . . . a probate attorney," a prosecutor alleged Wednesday as the Beverly Hills brothers' retrial began. "The defendants stood to inherit their family's fortune," Deputy Dist. Atty. David P. Conn said. "They were trying to get their hands on their parents' money." But a defense attorney ridiculed the idea that a desire for money was behind the slayings.
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August 17, 1993 | from The Associated Press
Jose Menendez saw his eldest son, Lyle, as a child to be molded in his own image and his younger son, Erik, as "too soft and too tender," a member of the Menendez family testified Monday in the sons' murder trial. The remarks of Marta Menendez Cano, sister of the murdered Jose and the first witness for the defense, drew sharp, repeated objections from a prosecutor, who claimed that her opinions were irrelevant because she was not an expert witness.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 1994 | Howard Rosenberg
Menendezmania II. Last month brought Fox's quickie rendering of the Menendez murder case, two hours of mindless muck so thick you needed a chainsaw to cut through it. Now, again testing the public's lust for the sensational, comes the two-part "Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills" on CBS. It's the entertainment industry's latest effort to make a killing on the Case That Won't Die.
NEWS
January 29, 1994 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Menendez murder case ended Friday without a single verdict as a second jury was declared deadlocked, the jurors hopelessly polarized over whether Lyle and Erik Menendez were coldblooded killers or long-suffering victims of abuse within their family's gated Beverly Hills estate. Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Stanley M. Weisberg declared a mistrial in the Lyle Menendez case Friday afternoon, ending the six-month trial. A separate jury for younger brother Erik Menendez was declared deadlocked two weeks ago in the Aug. 20, 1989, shotgun slayings of their wealthy parents.
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