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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 1996
The Hollywood photographer charged with murdering model Linda Sobek pleaded not guilty Friday to the additional charge of sodomizing the 27-year-old with an unknown object, a special-circumstance allegation that could bring him the death penalty. Charles Rathbun, 38, wearing blue jail fatigues for the hearing before Torrance Superior Court Judge Benjamin Aranda, already has pleaded not guilty to murder.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1996 | GREG KRIKORIAN and ERIC SLATER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Murder suspect Charles E. Rathbun faces a new accusation in the murder of model Linda Sobek that could bring him the death penalty, prosecutors said Thursday. At the same time, however, authorities said they did not anticipate filing any additional charges against the 38-year-old freelance photographer from Hollywood. Previously, Rathbun had been named as a suspect in the disappearance of another model and was under investigation in connection with one other alleged sexual assault.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1996 | STEVE RYFLE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Police asked for help Thursday in the case of a photographer who has been charged with raping a 14-year-old girl who came to his Burbank studio to have pictures taken for a modeling portfolio. Authorities allege that Isidro Arroyo, 27, of Sun Valley, who ran a studio called CVS Productions at 274 W. Spazier Ave. in Burbank, took nude photos of the girl and then assaulted her as her mother waited in another part of the building.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1995 | GREG KRIKORIAN and TRACY JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
While his links to unsolved crimes in other states remain unclear, murder suspect Charles E. Rathbun may face new sexual assault charges in Los Angeles County, including one that could result in prosecutors seeking the death penalty, it was learned Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 1995
The family of slain model Linda Sobek filed suit Tuesday against her accused killer, automobile photographer Charles E. Rathbun, as well as the magazine that hired Rathbun and the car maker that lent him a vehicle on the day she disappeared. The wrongful death lawsuit seeks unspecified damages from Rathbun, AutoWeek magazine and Toyota, maker of a prototype Lexus sport utility vehicle. Rathbun, 38, allegedly hired the former Raiders cheerleader Nov. 16 to do a photo shoot with the Lexus.
NEWS
December 12, 1995 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Model Linda Sobek was sexually assaulted before she was killed by asphyxiation, the Los Angeles County coroner's office said Monday. A spokesman for the coroner also said the former Raider cheerleader was legally drunk--with a blood-alcohol level of 0.13%--when she died. Scott Carrier declined to be specific about how Sobek was slain, other than to say that the asphyxiation was caused by "neck and body compression."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 1995
A veteran Hermosa Beach police officer has been taken off the investigation into the slaying of model Linda Sobek amid a departmental inquiry into whether the detective leaked sensitive details of the case to a local newspaper, it was learned Wednesday. The detective, who was not identified, was relieved of his assignment Nov. 28, one day after the Daily Breeze, citing an unnamed source, reported various leads in the case.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 1995 | Howard Rosenberg
It's considered impolite to kick someone who appears to be down. Yet no one merits kicking more than the host of shrill, obnoxious "Carnie," whose ratings--despite being best among new daytime talk shows this season--still may not ensure its survival, so high are audience demands and fiscal stakes in this arena. The show's distributor says its fate is still undecided. Yet word from "industry sources," reports Broadcasting & Cable magazine, is that "Carnie" will be yanked by Warner Bros.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 1995
A judge spent much of Monday editing an audiotape of remarks Charles E. Rathbun made to investigators the day he was arrested and charged with killing model Linda Sobek, eventually handing over an expurgated version to prosecutors and the complete version to the defense. Torrance Municipal Court Judge Mark McGee then placed both versions under seal. Defense attorney Mark Werksman said the tape, made Nov.
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December 2, 1995 | J. MICHAEL KENNEDY and ROBERT J. LOPEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
They came, at last, to say their farewells to Linda Sobek. Many were from the glittery world of modeling. Others were old family friends. More than a thousand came Friday to the First Baptist Church of Lakewood to pay tribute to the former Raiders cheerleader whose disappearance and death became one of the most highly publicized slayings in the Southland this year.
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