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December 24, 1988
A 27-year-old transient who earlier pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing six homeless people in Koreatown and Santa Monica has withdrawn those pleas and will stand trial, a Superior Court judge said Friday. Joseph Danks, 27, had entered his guilty pleas Dec. 2 under an agreement with prosecutors that would have sent him to state prison for life without the possibility of parole.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 1988
A 27-year-old transient who earlier pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing six homeless people in Koreatown and Santa Monica has withdrawn those pleas and will stand trial, a Superior Court judge said Friday. Joseph Danks, 27, had entered his guilty pleas Dec. 2 under an agreement with prosecutors that would have sent him to state prison for life without the possibility of parole.
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December 3, 1988 | EDWIN CHEN, Times Staff Writer
A drifter accused of stabbing to death six Los Angeles-area transients pleaded guilty in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday in a plea bargain that will send him to state prison for life without the possibility of parole. The defendant, Joseph Danks, a 27-year-old transient from Michigan, had pleaded not guilty a year ago to six murder charges in the deaths of transients in Koreatown and in Santa Monica. Since then, he has been held in County Jail.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 1988 | EDWIN CHEN, Times Staff Writer
A drifter accused of stabbing to death six Los Angeles-area transients pleaded guilty in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday in a plea bargain that will send him to state prison for life without the possibility of parole. The defendant, Joseph Danks, a 27-year-old transient from Michigan, had pleaded not guilty a year ago to six murder charges in the deaths of transients in Koreatown and in Santa Monica. Since then, he has been held in County Jail.
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February 22, 1991
A man dubbed the "Koreatown Slasher" for killing six transients in Los Angeles pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a charge of strangling his cellmate at Tehachapi Prison in Bakersfield. Joseph Danks, 28, is accused of murdering 67-year-old Walter Holt in his sleep three hours after being placed in the same cell with Danks. Court files include a letter in which Danks told his brother that he had always had a cell to himself during four years of confinement, so he decided to kill Holt.
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November 18, 1988
A drifter accused of stabbing to death six Los Angeles-area transients cut his lawyer's nose with a makeshift knife before bailiffs wrestled him to the floor Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court. A prospective juror was being questioned by the lawyers about the juror's view of capital punishment when Joseph Danks lunged at Deputy Public Defender Larry Rivetz. Rivetz, 36, obtained medical treatment on his own and was in his office by mid-afternoon.
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April 4, 1993 | From Associated Press
A killer dubbed the Koreatown Slasher was ordered Friday to die for strangling his elderly prison cellmate. Joseph Danks said he wants to waive an appeal so he can be put to death sooner. Kern Superior Court Judge Richard Oberholzer replied that a waiver is impossible because death penalty cases are appealed automatically to the California Supreme Court. "They better rush my case through," Danks said during a rambling speech laced with profanity and biblical references.
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January 24, 1987 | PAUL FELDMAN, Times Staff Writer
A Michigan drifter has told authorities that he stabbed to death several Los Angeles-area transients because he was offended by "dirty, filthy bums," according to the prosecutor in the case. The drifter, Joseph Danks, 26, has been charged with six murders and two attempted murders stemming from the recent series of stabbings in and near Koreatown and in Santa Monica. The thin, tousle-haired defendant Thursday pleaded not guilty to the charges, which could carry the death penalty.
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November 11, 1987 | CAROL McGRAW, Times Staff Writer
A Michigan drifter, accused of stabbing to death six Los Angeles-area transients, slashed an inmate's hand with a safety razor in Los Angeles County Jail over the weekend, sheriff's deputies alleged. Joseph Danks was walking outside his cell during his exercise period Sunday afternoon and apparently got into an argument with inmate Robert Harris Ormsbee, who was in a cell, deputies said.
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January 21, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
Police arrested a transient Tuesday in the investigation of the killings of five homeless men in the Koreatown district. Joseph Danks, 26, a native of Michigan, was arrested after a witness reported that he saw Danks attacking another man, Police Chief Daryl F. Gates told a news conference. Danks was booked at Parker Center and held for investigation of murder in the five slayings and two attempted murders.
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January 21, 1987 | JERRY BELCHER, Times Staff Writer
A 26-year-old Michigan drifter--arrested minutes after allegedly stabbing a man to death in a Wilshire District alley--was named Tuesday by Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl F. Gates as the suspect in four similar killings in and near Koreatown since Jan. 6. Gates said one of the witnesses who saw the suspect stab the as yet unidentified victim followed the suspect about five blocks and then hailed a passing police car at Grammercy Place and Beverly Boulevard.
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February 3, 2004 | Maura Dolan, Times Staff Writer
The California Supreme Court upheld the death sentence Monday for a deranged killer, even though two jurors committed misconduct by asking their Christian clerics for guidance in the middle of deliberations. One pastor advised that execution was compatible with biblical teachings, while the other told a Kern County juror that he would not hesitate to recommend death in the case.
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