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May 22, 1993 | MARK ARAX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police said Friday they are still trying to establish a motive in the killing of seven people last weekend at a cantina--the worst mass killing in Fresno history. At a news conference, lead homicide investigator Sgt. Daryl Green said "there is no motive to release" in the Carrillo's Club killings. The dead have been identified as nightclub owner Reyes (Ray) Carrillo, 45, his mother, his half-brother, a friend and three employees. Carrillo's wife and another person were wounded.
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May 24, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Four suspects arrested in the murders of four people found in a dilapidated duplex containing drug paraphernalia are members of a white supremacist group, authorities said. "The common thread we're finding is they all belonged to what appears to be a self-proclaimed white supremacist-type group," Stanislaus County Sheriff's Lt. Richard Breshears said. "There doesn't appear to be any racial overtones in this (the four victims were white). The motive is really up in the air a little."
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October 31, 1990 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Winery worker Ramon Salcido was convicted Tuesday of a murderous rampage through the Sonoma Valley wine country 18 months ago that left his wife, two young daughters, three of his in-laws and his boss dead. Superior Court Judge Reginald Littrell told jurors to return next Wednesday to begin hearing testimony in the trial's penalty phase in which they will decide whether to recommend the death penalty or life in prison without parole.
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November 15, 1992 | PETER H. KING
Midway through his Saturday night of murder--after he killed three men he blamed for an eviction, before he took a shotgun into a card room to settle another old score--the lanky eccentric known to locals as Crazy Jim paused to record his explanations. His note, printed with a trembling hand, filled the back of an auto parts receipt. It would be found later, after he had committed suicide, the seventh and last to die.
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August 10, 1993 | Associated Press
A jury ruled Monday that a man who shot up a high school, killing his former teacher and three students, was sane at the time, clearing the way for a possible death sentence. Eric Houston, 22, was armed with a shotgun and sawed-off rifle when he strode onto a high school campus in Olivehurst in May, 1992. The teacher he killed, Robert Brens, 28, had given him a failing grade that kept him from graduating. Houston was convicted last month on four counts of murder.
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November 18, 1998 | DANIEL YI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prosecutors wrapped up their case against accused serial killer Charles Ng by presenting a series of cartoons Tuesday that they said the defendant drew of his alleged murder victims while in a Canadian prison. The state rested its case two months after the trial began and well ahead of schedule.
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September 10, 2001 | MARGARET TALEV and ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Another California killing rampage sent police swarming the county Sunday for a heavily armed man they said gunned down five people after vowing to outdo a mass killer who struck the capital less than three weeks ago. Police said the suspected gunman, 20-year-old Burns security guard Joseph Ferguson, appeared girded for battle, packing a cache of high-powered weapons and a satchel of pipe bomb components and wearing a bulletproof vest.
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November 15, 1997 | From Associated Press
A handgun allegedly used in the slayings of four people was stolen in June from the car of an off-duty sheriff's deputy at a park near the suspect's home, authorities said Friday. "It was the same weapon that was reported missing. We haven't received the ballistics report back saying it was used in the killings, but we're very confident we have the same weapon," San Joaquin County Sheriff's spokesman Mike Padilla said. Suspect Louis James Peoples, 35, was arrested Wednesday in front of his home.
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April 4, 1990 | From the Associated Press
A Superior Court judge said Tuesday that both sides in the Ramon Salcido mass murder case have tentatively agreed on moving his trial to Contra Costa, San Joaquin or San Mateo counties. Salcido is charged with the murders last April of his wife, Angela, 24; daughters, Sofia, 4, and Teresa, 1; his mother-in-law, Marion Richards, 47; Richards' daughters, Ruth, 12, and Marie, 8; and his boss, Tracy Toovey, 35.
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March 30, 1995 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Board of Supervisors has reluctantly signed off on an agreement that holds the state and a Northern California county responsible for the cost of trying accused serial killer Charles Ng, whose trial was moved here before Orange County's Dec. 6 bankruptcy. Supervisors had repeatedly said cash-strapped Orange County should be relieved of the massive and costly trial, which was transferred from rural Calaveras County last year because of extensive pretrial publicity.
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