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September 17, 1996 | TRACY WILSON
Michael Raymond Johnson, the former drug counselor accused of killing a Ventura County sheriff's deputy, will now face an added allegation of kidnapping that would make him eligible for the death penalty if convicted. Johnson, 49, pleaded not guilty last month to first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Deputy Peter J. Aguirre. The shooting occurred July 19 at the home of Johnson's estranged wife in Meiners Oaks. Johnson has also been charged with spousal rape and kidnapping.
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April 15, 1998 | SCOTT HADLY
Making up for a perceived snub, a local law enforcement association awarded a posthumous Medal of Valor to the family of slain Sheriff's Deputy Peter J. Aguirre Jr. In a quiet ceremony in the office of Sheriff Larry Carpenter, members of the Peace Officers Assn. of Ventura County awarded Aguirre's widow Dina a plaque along with the Medal of Valor and a second medal that the family had returned to the organization a year ago in protest.
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March 13, 2001 | TRACY WILSON
Convicted killer Justin Merriman is set to become the 13th man sent to California's death row from Ventura County since 1978, when California reinstated capital punishment. Here is a look at the other men and their crimes: * Kenneth McKinzie was convicted in 1999 for strangling 73-year-old Ruth Avril during a botched robbery at her Oxnard apartment building Dec. 21, 1995.
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June 2, 2000 | TINA DIRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An admission Thursday by the district attorney's office may aid the defense of a convicted killer now in prison for the 1996 execution-style slaying of a sheriff's deputy. The district attorney's office acknowledged that two prosecutors had improperly failed to reveal evidence that would have helped Michael Raymond Johnson's defense during his 1998 trial in the fatal shooting of Sheriff's Deputy Peter J. Aguirre Jr.
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February 7, 1996 | MACK REED
The Simi Valley Police Department has fired another officer, the seventh in four months to leave the department by termination or resignation, a police union official said. Officer David Weiner, a nine-year veteran, was fired Friday after an internal investigation, said Det. John Rygh, president of the police officers' union. "It's a personnel matter, and there is most probably going to be litigation regarding this," said Lt.
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August 9, 1997 | MACK REED
Ruling against the defense, a Ventura County judge agreed Friday to let prosecutors have the military and prison records of Michael Raymond Johnson, who is accused of killing Sheriff's Deputy Peter Aguirre Jr. last summer. Superior Court Judge Steven Perren said he will temporarily hold onto Johnson's records from a six-year state prison sentence the defendant served for robbery, assault and burglary charges.
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January 6, 1998 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prosecutors rested their case in the murder trial of accused cop-killer Michael Raymond Johnson on Monday after calling their last witness--a pathologist who told jurors the mortally wounded officer was shot in the head at point-blank range. Showing the jury an autopsy photo that sent the officer's widow running from the courtroom, Medical Examiner Ronald O'Halloran testified that gunpowder residue on the deputy's face shows he was shot by a weapon held about 12 inches from his head.
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February 27, 1998 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR
In the months and years leading up to the slaying of Ventura County Sheriff's Deputy Peter J. Aguirre, Michael Raymond Johnson was a sympathetic and effective volunteer drug and alcohol counselor, his former boss testified Thursday. "I thought he was superior," said Robert Holts, Johnson's former supervisor at a Salvation Army adult alcohol and drug rehabilitation center in Carpinteria. "He was very committed."
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