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Michael Duarte

August 26, 2001
Prosecutors are there to see that justice be done, not to work their way up to high positions by lying and changing and withholding evidence ("Prosecutor Finds Self in Role of Prosecuted," Aug. 20). As his peers claim, Michael Duarte was a crackerjack lawyer, so therefore he knew what he was doing. Now that he has been caught, let the full weight of the law drop on him, just as he probably insisted for so many others. Now he cries, seeking sympathy. How many defendants and their families have cried while Duarte celebrated their convictions among his colleagues back at the office?
November 6, 1990
In today's society we teach driver's education i.e., defensive or safe driving. Why? To save lives. We also teach CPR to save lives. Abstinence may be preferable or "fool (around) proof"); but to teach safe sex in schools would be to save lives. I don't believe learning safe sex promotes the act any more than learning defensive driving encourages me to hit the 110 Freeway and wreck my car. MICHAEL SHINABERY, Duarte
May 30, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
After more than a week of deliberations, a Los Angeles jury deadlocked Tuesday in the double-murder trial of Randall Williams, who is accused of killing two witnesses. The vote was 9 to 3 for conviction, and Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Terry A. Green declared a mistrial. Deputy Dist. Atty. Jessica Dabney said in court Tuesday that she would retry Williams. Prosecutors added that they would decide in two weeks whether they would still seek the death penalty.
March 30, 2003 | Denise M. Bonilla, Times Staff Writer
A man convicted of ordering the deaths of two witnesses against him was sentenced to two life sentences without parole. Kenneth Leighton, 39, of Valencia was convicted March 12 in the execution-style shootings of Jamie Navaroli, 36, and his girlfriend, April Mahoney, 25. The couple, who were to testify against Leighton in a burglary case, were shot outside their West Hills home Nov. 4, 1998. Navaroli died at the scene, and Mahoney died later of her injuries.
February 10, 1994 | GORDON DILLOW
More than a decade after the crime, a man who set up the murder of his mother-in-law in Hawthorne has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Michael Seawright, 40, was convicted last August of hiring two brothers to kill Catherine Stroup, 45, so Seawright could inherit the Twentynine Palms water company they co-owned with Stroup's husband, James.
February 16, 1996 | EMI ENDO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dixie Henrikson leads a hand-bell choir for children who are developmentally disabled. Deputy Dist. Atty. Michael Duarte, the son of poor Mexican immigrants, mentors and tutors several students. Glen Smith, 13, makes time to help feed the homeless, work at a Hollywood youth center and care for his five younger siblings. As recognition for their volunteer efforts, they are among 80 "community heroes" selected to carry the Olympic flame through the streets of Los Angeles County.
March 13, 2003 | Denise M. Bonilla, Times Staff Writer
A man accused of ordering the deaths of two witnesses against him was found guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder, more than a year after a previous guilty verdict was thrown out by a judge amid accusations of prosecutorial misconduct. Kenneth Leighton, 39, was convicted in Los Angeles County Superior Court in the slayings of Jamie Navaroli, 36, and his girlfriend, April Mahoney, 25. The couple, who were shot execution-style in the driveway of their West Hills home on Nov.
June 6, 2003 | Akilah Johnson, Times Staff Writer
A jury convicted a hit man of first-degree murder Thursday for killing two witnesses who were about to testify against his friend. Randall Bruce Williams, 38, was found guilty by a Los Angeles County Superior Court jury of the 1998 execution-style killings of James Navaroli, 36, and April Mahoney, 25. The two were shot in front of their San Fernando Valley home, authorities alleged, to prevent their testimony against Williams' friend, Kenneth Leighton, in a burglary case.
Now and then, when a dark mood strikes, Kevin Toshima returns to the Westwood Village street where his older sister was killed and tries to envision the last moments of one of Los Angeles' most famous innocent bystanders. He thinks about how Karen never saw the young South L.A. gunman who fired twice into a crowd of Saturday night strollers 10 years ago today while trying to shoot a rival gangster.
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