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February 10, 1990 | JOHN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In what is believed to be the first murder prosecution in American history for oleander poisoning, authorities filed charges Friday against a former Pasadena funeral home worker accused of using the lethal plant's leaves to poison a rival mortician. David Wayne Sconce, 33, was charged with poisoning Timothy R. Waters, 24, a rival Burbank mortician, in 1985. The motive, according to Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Deputy Dist. Atty.
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April 14, 1995
The ex-owners of a Pasadena funeral home, who were convicted of illegally removing body parts from corpses and misusing their clients' money, were acquitted Thursday of five more charges. But the Los Angeles Superior Court jury deadlocked on several remaining counts against Jerry and Laurieanne Lamb Sconce. The jury was then dismissed, ending the couple's protracted trial over their activities at the Lamb Funeral Home.
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June 27, 1992 | AMY LOUISE KAZMIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The former owners of a Pasadena funeral home, whose arrests shocked the industry and led to a change in state law, were acquitted Friday of charges they conducted multiple cremations and commingled human remains. After three weeks of deliberation, a Pasadena Superior Court jury found there was insufficient evidence to prove the misdemeanor counts against Laurieanne Lamb Sconce, 55, and her husband, Jerry, 58.
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April 12, 1995
A couple who used to run a Pasadena funeral home were convicted Tuesday of conspiring to remove body parts from the corpses they handled and selling the organs to a tissue bank. The three convictions returned by a Los Angeles Superior Court jury bring the total number of guilty verdicts against Jerry and Laurieanne Lamb Sconce to 11, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Robert Nishinaka.
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February 10, 1995 | VICKI TORRES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eight years after their arrest and first trial received intense media attention and prompted state-mandated changes in the funeral industry, Laurieanne and Jerry Sconce, former owners of Pasadena's Lamb Funeral Home, are back in court. But this time, despite the morbid allegations of removing body parts for sale without permission, the couple's trial is causing barely a media ripple.
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February 12, 1987
San Bernardino County sheriff's investigators conducted a second search of the Lamb Funeral Home of Pasadena and the residence of Lawrence Lamb, 76, during which they seized documents that sheriff's spokesman Jim Bryant said may connect the undertaker with an unlicensed crematory in Hesperia and with the Coastal Eye & Tissue Bank of Santa Fe Springs.
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October 5, 1990 | MACK REED
When David Wayne Sconce learned that rival mortician Timothy Waters had been savagely beaten, he responded that Waters got what he deserved, another mortician testified Thursday during Sconce's preliminary hearing on a murder charge in Ventura County Municipal Court. Waters had spread word among Southern California morticians that the Sconce family's mortuary, the Lamb Funeral Home, was violating state funeral home laws, testified Donald Richard Gray, a retired mortician.
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April 17, 1992 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The former operators of a respected Pasadena funeral home, who are on trial in a bizarre scandal that rocked their industry five years ago, are trying to shift the blame to their son. Attorney Edward A. Rucker, representing Laurieanne Sconce, has told jurors that mass cremations, commingling of ashes and dental gold extractions did take place at the family's businesses. But, he said, "these acts were done by their son, David. It was done without their permission or knowledge.
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December 30, 1988 | JOHN JOHNSON, Times Staff Writer
Assistant Hesperia Fire Chief Will Wentworth listened incredulously as a caller complained that the noxious black smoke pouring from a nondescript building in the desert carried the sickeningly sweet smell of burning human flesh. "I don't think so, it's a ceramics shop," Wentworth replied. "Don't tell me they're not burning bodies. I was at the ovens at Auschwitz," the man said chillingly, Wentworth recalled.
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October 6, 1990 | MACK REED
A prosecution witness testified Friday that David Wayne Sconce admitted he killed rival mortician Timothy Waters by spiking his drink with poison that caused a fatal heart attack. The testimony came from David Edwards during a preliminary hearing on a murder charge against Sconce in Ventura County Municipal Court.
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April 7, 1995 | KEVIN UHRICH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In one of the county's longest-running criminal prosecutions, a Superior Court jury on Thursday found the former owners of a Pasadena mortuary guilty of misappropriating $100,000 in interest earnings from customer trust accounts. Returning verdicts on eight of 30 charges filed against Jerry W. Sconce, 60, and his wife, Laurieanne Sconce, 57, jurors found Jerry Sconce not guilty on four counts of illegally removing and selling body parts from corpses before they were cremated.
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February 10, 1995 | VICKI TORRES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eight years after their arrest and first trial received intense media attention and prompted state-mandated changes in the funeral industry, Laurieanne and Jerry Sconce, former owners of Pasadena's Lamb Funeral Home, are back in court. But this time, despite the morbid allegations of removing body parts for sale without permission, the couple's trial is causing barely a media ripple.
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February 3, 1995 | VICKI TORRES
The former owners of a Pasadena funeral home, charged eight years ago with mishandling corpses, appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court this week to begin a second trial on related criminal charges. Jerry and Laurieanne Sconce, former operators of Lamb Funeral Home, will be tried on 30 felony charges involving unlawful removal of body parts for sale, embezzlement of trust fund accounts and forgery of trust fund documents.
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February 3, 1995 | VICKI TORRES
The former owners of a Pasadena funeral home, charged eight years ago with mishandling corpses, appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court this week to begin a second trial on related criminal charges. Jerry and Laurieanne Sconce, former operators of Lamb Funeral Home, will be tried on 30 felony charges involving unlawful removal of body parts for sale, embezzlement of trust fund accounts and forgery of trust fund documents.
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February 11, 1994
Nearly three dozen criminal charges, dismissed five years ago in the trial of Lamb Funeral Home owners David, Laurieanne and Jerry Sconce have been reinstated by an appeals court. The decision this week by the 2nd District Court of Appeal means that the Sconces, still awaiting trial on other criminal charges, could be tried on 34 additional charges.
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June 27, 1992 | AMY LOUISE KAZMIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The former owners of a Pasadena funeral home, whose arrests shocked the industry and led to a change in state law, were acquitted Friday of charges they conducted multiple cremations and commingled human remains. After three weeks of deliberation, a Pasadena Superior Court jury found there was insufficient evidence to prove the misdemeanor counts against Laurieanne Lamb Sconce, 55, and her husband, Jerry, 58.
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