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February 8, 1992 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an unusual move, prosecutors agreed Friday to accept an insanity plea for a Laguna Niguel woman who admitted killing her two young daughters and trying to shoot herself. Deputy Dist. Atty. Jeoffrey L. Robinson said that the October, 1991, shooting of the two children by Kristine Marie Cushing was a "tragic" act, and that "it would be an injustice to find her sane" and send her to prison.
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November 11, 1994 | SUSAN MARQUEZ OWEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Laguna Niguel woman who was declared insane after she shot and killed her two daughters in 1991 will be sent back to a state mental hospital as early as next week because Orange County halfway houses have refused to accept her, a state official said Thursday.
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October 20, 1991 | LESLIE BERKMAN and LYNN SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
It seemed an idyllic neighborhood--pastel stucco and tile-roof houses, thick green lawns, fountains and bright flower beds--and Kristine Cushing and her two little girls came to personify the wholesomeness it represented. She was a room mother at Moulton Elementary School where 8-year-old Amy Elizabeth was in third grade, a Brownie troop leader, a soccer mom, and a Sunday school teacher at the church where 4-year-old Stephanie Marie attended preschool.
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November 3, 1994 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Laguna Niguel woman who was declared insane when she shot and killed her two daughters in 1991 is making the transition from a state mental hospital to a halfway house in Orange County, officials said Wednesday. But state authorities still were searching for a suitable home for Kristine Marie Cushing after a Costa Mesa facility this week refused to accept the former Sunday school teacher because of the nature of her crimes.
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November 3, 1994 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Laguna Niguel woman who was declared insane when she shot and killed her two daughters in 1991 is making the transition from a state mental hospital to a halfway house in Orange County, officials said Wednesday. But state authorities still were searching for a suitable home for Kristine Marie Cushing after a Costa Mesa facility this week refused to accept the former Sunday school teacher because of the nature of her crimes.
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October 16, 1991 | DAVAN MAHARAJ and LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Laguna Niguel woman accused of fatally shooting her two young daughters claimed in divorce papers that she was under "extreme mental stress" because of constant arguments with her husband and an ongoing heart ailment that caused her to be hospitalized twice last year. In court documents in which she asked for exclusive use of the family's Laguna Niguel home, Kristine Marie Cushing alleged that her husband "frequently yells at me and calls me names. He provokes arguments constantly."
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October 15, 1991 | BILL BILLITER and LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A 39-year-old homemaker, whose Marine husband was out of town, shot and killed their two young daughters at their home here late Sunday and then turned the gun on herself in an unsuccessful suicide attempt, authorities said. Kristine Cushing, described as a Brownie troop leader and active volunteer in her daughter's third-grade class, was booked on two counts of murder after she was treated for a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the head, Sheriff's Lt. Richard J. Olson said.
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October 17, 1991 | DAVAN MAHARAJ and LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Laguna Niguel homemaker accused of fatally shooting her two young daughters made her first court appearance Wednesday as prosecutors released a police report with chilling new details of the night of the killings. "I'm crazy, I shot my daughters. They're upstairs," Kristine Marie Cushing, 39, told the first sheriff's deputy to arrive at the house near midnight Sunday, according to court documents.
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October 18, 1991 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A memorial service Thursday night for two little girls, Amy Elizabeth and Stephanie Marie Cushing, who were shot to death by their mother, brought together the many people who were touched by their deaths. Standing outside St. Timothy Catholic Church was Sheriff's Deputy Jim Avant, who said he has not been able to shake from his mind the grief of Sunday night when he responded to a call at a Laguna Niguel neighborhood and found the mother, Kristine Cushing, after the fatal shooting.
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February 8, 1992 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an unusual move, prosecutors agreed Friday to an insanity plea from a Laguna Niguel woman who admitted killing her two young daughters and trying to shoot herself. Deputy Dist. Atty. Jeoffrey L. Robinson said the October, 1991, shooting of the two children by Kristine Marie Cushing was a "tragic" act, and that "it would be an injustice to find her sane" and send her to prison.
NEWS
February 8, 1992 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an unusual move, prosecutors agreed Friday to an insanity plea from a Laguna Niguel woman who admitted killing her two young daughters and trying to shoot herself. Deputy Dist. Atty. Jeoffrey L. Robinson said the October, 1991, shooting of the two children by Kristine Marie Cushing was a "tragic" act, and that "it would be an injustice to find her sane" and send her to prison.
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February 8, 1992 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an unusual move, prosecutors agreed Friday to accept an insanity plea for a Laguna Niguel woman who admitted killing her two young daughters and trying to shoot herself. Deputy Dist. Atty. Jeoffrey L. Robinson said that the October, 1991, shooting of the two children by Kristine Marie Cushing was a "tragic" act, and that "it would be an injustice to find her sane" and send her to prison.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 1991 | MATT LAIT
A woman charged with shooting her two young daughters to death pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity Tuesday, prompting the judge to appoint two doctors to evaluate her mental condition. Kristine Marie Cushing, 39, whose husband is a Marine officer who was in the Gulf War, entered the plea in the Oct. 13 deaths of daughters Amy Elizabeth, 8, and Stephanie Marie, 4. Orange County Superior Court Judge John J.
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December 18, 1991
A Laguna Niguel woman accused of fatally shooting her two young daughters waived her right to a preliminary hearing in South Orange Municipal Court on Tuesday. The move by defense attorneys paves the way for 39-year-old Kristine Marie Cushing to be arraigned on murder charges in Superior Court in Santa Ana next Tuesday. Cushing looked haggard as she entered the prisoner's dock for a brief hearing before Judge Arthur G. Koelle.
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December 1, 1991 | LESLIE BERKMAN
A reporter gets accustomed to having doors closed in her face. Admittedly, sometimes people just don't want to be bothered with questions from a stranger. Other times, they resent your paper's editorial position or they may have been misquoted in the past. Worst of all, there are times when someone you want to interview accuses you of trying to profit from misery. Let's face it, when television and newspaper reporters swarm a family tragedy, it looks that way.
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November 6, 1991 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Laguna Niguel homemaker Tuesday pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the shooting of her two young daughters, and a few minutes later, her lawyers announced that they are investigating whether the woman's use of the anti-depressant drug Prozac played a role in the killings. Kristine Marie Cushing, 39, entered her plea as she stood in the prisoner's holding dock, her head bowed, during a brief hearing before South Orange County Municipal Judge Arthur G. Koelle.
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October 21, 1991 | LESLIE BERKMAN and LYNN SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
It seemed an idyllic neighborhood--pastel stucco houses with tile roofs, thick green lawns, fountains and bright flower beds. And Kristine Cushing and her two little girls came to personify the wholesomeness it represented. She was a "room mother" at Moulton Elementary School, where 8-year-old Amy Elizabeth Cushing was in third grade. She was a Brownie troop leader, a soccer mom, and a Sunday school teacher at the church where 4-year-old Stephanie Marie attended pre-school.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 1991
A Laguna Niguel woman accused of fatally shooting her two young daughters waived her right to a preliminary hearing in South Orange Municipal Court on Tuesday. The move by defense attorneys paves the way for 39-year-old Kristine Marie Cushing to be arraigned on murder charges in Superior Court in Santa Ana next Tuesday. Cushing looked haggard as she entered the prisoner's dock for a brief hearing before Judge Arthur G. Koelle.
NEWS
October 21, 1991 | LESLIE BERKMAN and LYNN SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
It seemed an idyllic neighborhood--pastel stucco houses with tile roofs, thick green lawns, fountains and bright flower beds. And Kristine Cushing and her two little girls came to personify the wholesomeness it represented. She was a "room mother" at Moulton Elementary School, where 8-year-old Amy Elizabeth Cushing was in third grade. She was a Brownie troop leader, a soccer mom, and a Sunday school teacher at the church where 4-year-old Stephanie Marie attended pre-school.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 1991 | LESLIE BERKMAN and LYNN SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
It seemed an idyllic neighborhood--pastel stucco and tile-roof houses, thick green lawns, fountains and bright flower beds--and Kristine Cushing and her two little girls came to personify the wholesomeness it represented. She was a room mother at Moulton Elementary School where 8-year-old Amy Elizabeth was in third grade, a Brownie troop leader, a soccer mom, and a Sunday school teacher at the church where 4-year-old Stephanie Marie attended preschool.
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