CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 1999 |
The arraignment of Jose "Pepe" Castillo on charges of murdering Santa Paula store clerk Mirna Regollar was postponed Thursday after his lawyer sought to excuse the judge for an alleged conflict of interest. Superior Court Judge James Cloninger was a district attorney in 1993 during the investigation into the fatal stabbing of 17-year-old Jesse Strobel, a crime to which Castillo pleaded guilty.
December 20, 1996 |
The Supreme Court announced that it will hear the appeal of Joseph Roger O'Dell III, a Virginia death row inmate whose case has drawn worldwide attention and evoked a plea from Pope John Paul II. The court acted two days after blocking O'Dell's execution for the rape, sodomy and murder of secretary Helen Schartner. O'Dell and his supporters claim he is innocent and insist newly available DNA evidence would prove it.
July 15, 1997 |
A mistrial was declared in Tracy Rhame's decade-long quest to prove that her stepfather, Jan Barry Sandlin, killed her baby brother 26 years ago and framed her for the death. Rhame, who had pushed authorities to reopen the case after she grew up being told she killed her brother, had admitted in court in Decatur, Ga., that she watched her mother testify on TV. Witnesses are not allowed to watch testimony during a trial.
July 2, 1994
F. Lee Bailey, who is helping defend O.J. Simpson, has strongly criticized the pretrial publicity. Bailey came to prominence in 1966 when the murder conviction of his client, Dr. Sam H. Sheppard, was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices ruled that pretrial publicity and courthouse "bedlam" had cost Sheppard a fair trial. Sheppard had been convicted in the 1954 slaying of of his pregnant first wife. Voice "I see a body. It was woman, laying down horizontally ... face turned to me ..
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 1989 |
A man who had been drinking most of the night was arrested Sunday on suspicion of murder for allegedly running down his wife with a car outside their home in Paramount, authorities said. Lucia Cabanas, 43, died at St. Mary Medical Center shortly after noon, Sheriff's Deputy Bill Wehner said. She and her husband, Rafael Cabanas, 45, apparently had been arguing inside their home in the 7300 block of Cortland Avenue about 7 a.m. when he suddenly stormed out of the house and climbed into his car.
June 25, 1987
A man accused of kidnaping two Reno-area teen-agers and strangling their chaperones was ordered bound over for arraignment after a 2 1/2-day closed hearing in Lake Valley Justice Court at South Lake Tahoe. Herbert James Coddington, 28, was bound over for July 8 Superior Court arraignment on two murder charges with specifications that could lead to the death penalty. He was remanded to El Dorado County Jail without bail.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 1995 |
Two top Ventura County prosecutors were called to the witness stand Tuesday in a hearing to determine whether murder charges should be dropped against a Ventura man. Attorneys for Christopher Samuel contend that prosecutors reneged on their promise to grant the 32-year-old immunity against prosecution in exchange for testimony against his younger brother. Joseph Samuel, 25, pleaded guilty in July to second-degree murder in the shotgun slaying of 24-year-old Anthony Pech.
May 1, 1999 |
A judge has freed a teenager who confessed to fatally stabbing a woman who, it turns out, was never stabbed at all. The case has stoked the debate over whether Chicago police are bullying people into admitting to crimes they didn't commit. Eddie Huggins, 16, had spent more than a year behind bars awaiting trial. He was acquitted by a judge Thursday after a medical expert testified that the victim, 26-year-old Lorraine Gates, was beaten and strangled, not stabbed.
June 21, 1995 |
Star witness Karla Homolka told a packed courtroom Tuesday that her ex-husband, Paul Bernardo, could not have sexually assaulted her drugged 15-year-old sister without her help. For the second day in Canada's so-called trial of the century, Homolka testified against Bernardo, a former accountant charged with murder, manslaughter and sexual assault in cases involving four teen-age girls, including Homolka's sister, Tammy, who died after choking on her own vomit on Christmas Eve, 1990.