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.
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October 5, 1999
Prosecutors said Monday that they will await the outcome of court appeals before deciding whether to retry a Rancho Santa Margarita woman whose murder conviction was overthrown last week. The state's 4th District Court of Appeal ruled that investigators repeatedly ignored Li-Yun "Lisa" Peng's request for an attorney and continued to grill her for nine hours, then enlisted the help of her husband to elicit incriminating statements from her.
December 6, 1992
A 31-year-old Pasadena man accused of locking his girlfriend's father in a car trunk for 12 hours before killing him, then driving the body around for four days, has been ordered to stand trial for murder. At a preliminary hearing in Van Nuys Municipal Court, police alleged that Anthony E. West admitted murdering 90-year-old Louie Molduf after the older man threatened to press charges against him for forging $25,000 in checks on his bank account.
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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 ..
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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.