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September 12, 1997 | GEOFF BOUCHER and MICHAEL G. WAGNER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An apparent murder-for-hire scheme was foiled this week when a 58-year-old ex-con from Costa Mesa was arrested near Santa Cruz with a gun and the address of the intended victim, police said Thursday. Patrick Michael O'Neill was being held Thursday in the Santa Cruz County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a felon after officers, working on an anonymous tip, followed him to Capitola and watched as he checked out his victim's apartment building, officials said.
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April 11, 2014 | By Richard Winton
A Lawndale woman was sentenced Friday to nine years in federal prison in a murder-for-hire plot targeting a man who was dating her daughter, authorities said. Adelina Cristobal's intention to kill her daughter's boyfriend with the help of a friend, Antonio Quevedo, was uncovered by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives when an informant tipped off investigators. Authorities say Cristobal was offering to pay several thousand dollars for the slaying. In addition to prison time, Cristobal will also be under three years' supervised parole upon her release.
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March 27, 1993 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former Santa Ana tow-truck driver was sentenced Friday to life in prison without possibility of parole for bludgeoning a Buena Park nurse in exchange for a $15,000 bounty offered by her ex-husband. Neill F. Matzen, 39, was convicted of first-degree murder in the November, 1990, slaying of Donna Jean Connaty, 34. Matzen continued to proclaim his innocence Friday in a brief statement to the court. "I am sorry there has been a death in this case, but it wasn't me. I didn't kill her," Matzen said.
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March 13, 2014 | By Richard Winton and Marisa Gerber
With a clientele of Hollywood celebrities including Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Aniston and Alicia Silverstone, Dawn DaLuise was well-known as the skin-care guru of the stars. The 55-year-old former model ran a West Hollywood "skin refinery" that used electrical muscle stimulation instead of the typical steam-and-cream facial. Vogue and InStyle magazines have featured her, and she's the go-to beauty expert for national publications. So last year, when esthetician Gabriel Suarez moved in a couple doors down and started offering facials and male body waxing, the competition created tension.
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February 18, 1998 | MATEA GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At first, the murder seemed to have all the markings of an attempted carjacking. When Los Angeles police officers reached the scene on the dark Boyle Heights street July 26, they found affluent software designer Bruce Cleland lying in a pool of blood across the street from his new black 4Runner. His distraught wife, Rebecca, said she had been knocked unconscious when she got out of the vehicle to check the tailgate and awoke to the gruesome sight.
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March 17, 2000 | From Associated Press
The husband of a DuPont family heiress was sentenced Thursday to more than 16 years in prison for his role in the contract killing of a former prostitute who became a family nemesis. "To this day, I don't know why I did what I did," Christopher Moseley told U.S. District Judge Justin Quackenbush. "But I do know Patricia Margello is dead, and I'm responsible for that." Moseley and three others were charged in the Aug. 2, 1998 death of Margello in a seedy motel near the Las Vegas Strip.
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November 12, 1992 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
James Newman Hood sits in a quaint, ornate courtroom, rocking slowly in his wooden chair, as lawyers and witnesses chart his descent from the golden existence and happy family life he once knew to the prospect of financial ruin and a life behind bars.
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December 13, 2000 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The way detectives see it, Dr. Kenneth C. Stahl was a man who became snared in a deadly double-double cross. For months, they said, he had meticulously planned the murder of his wife. He left no detail to chance, from the romantic dinner to the impromptu ride later that night along a remote stretch of Ortega Highway, where two hired killers were supposed to meet the couple and carry out the hit. But something went wrong.
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May 15, 2010 | By Catherine Saillant
Juan Carlos CruzSanta Monica police credited the department's strong relationship with the city's homeless population with helping crack an alleged murder-for-hire scheme involving a onetime Food Network chef and cookbook author. Juan-Carlos Cruz, former host of "Calorie Commando," was arrested Thursday and booked on suspicion of solicitation to commit murder, Sgt. Jay Trisler. told The Times. Police said Cruz allegedly approached people on the streets a week earlier and asked them to kill someone for him. At least one of the homeless individuals contacted police and, with that assistance, investigators were able to learn details of the alleged solicitation, including how, where and when the target was to be killed, authorities said.
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May 9, 2013 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
VISTA -- At a court arraignment attended by his friends and fans, heavy metal singer Tim Lambesis pleaded not guilty Thursday to a charge of soliciting the murder of his estranged wife. San Diego County Superior Court Judge Martin Staven set bail at $3 million. Once he is released from jail, Lambesis must wear a GPS monitor and stay away from his wife and their three children. Lambesis, 32, lead singer for the Christian-themed band As I Lay Dying, is charged with trying to hire a hit man to kill his estranged wife, who filed for divorce in September.
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March 13, 2014 | By Richard Winton and Marisa Gerber
With a clientele of Hollywood celebrities such as Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Aniston and Alicia Silverstone, Dawn DaLuise was well-known as a skin-care guru to the stars. The 55-year-old former model ran a West Hollywood “skin refinery” that used electrical muscle stimulation instead of the typical steam-and-cream facial. Vogue and InStyle magazines have featured her and she was the go-to beauty expert for national publications. So last year, when esthetician Gabriel Suarez moved in a couple doors down and started offering facials and male body waxing, the competition created tension.
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January 16, 2014 | By Richard Winton
A Hawthorne man who was convicted in a murder-for-hire scheme targeting a man dating the daughter of his cohort was sentenced Thursday to seven years in federal prison after he got caught trying to hire an undercover federal agent. Antonio Quevedo, 35, had already pleaded guilty to his part, hatched with Adelina Cristobal, to kill the boyfriend of her daughter. Cristobal, 56, of Lawndale, who also pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to use interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder for hire,  is scheduled to be sentenced by the same judge in Santa Ana Jan. 31 The murder-for-hire scheme was uncovered when an informant tipped off authorities that Quevedo was seeking to hire someone to kill the young man for $5,000.
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November 25, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi
For the last 18 months, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has been investigating allegations that two deputies were involved in a murder-for-hire plot on behalf of a Mexican cartel. A sheriff's spokesman said the probe is wrapping up, and investigators believe the allegations are untrue. "We investigated it and found out it was completely unfounded," spokesman Steve Whitmore said. "People make allegations all the time that are just completely ridiculous. " A sheriff's lieutenant, however, contends that the allegations are being covered up by the department and has gone to the FBI to get the matter investigated thoroughly, her attorney said.
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November 18, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
The daughter of a 62-year-old woman who was found severely beaten and left for dead more than a month ago is one of three people arrested in the attack, Long Beach police said Monday. Holly Ramos, 41, and her husband, Frank Haverly , 40, were arrested Thursday on suspicion of concocting a “premeditated murder plot” to kill Ramos' mother. Keith Phillips, 50, was arrested on suspicion of attacking Ramos' mother, who was found in critical condition in her Long Beach home and initially was not expected to survive.
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May 10, 2013 | By Tony Perry
VISTA -- Heavy metal singer Tim Lambesis must wear a GPS monitor and stay away from his immediate family if released from jail after pleading not guilty to soliciting the murder of his estranged wife. Lambesis, lead singer of the Christian-themed band As I Lay Dying, entered his plea Thursday. San Diego County Superior Court Judge Martin Staven set bail at $3 million. If he is released from jail, he must wear the monitor and follow the stay-away order, Staven said. The 32-year-old singer is charged with trying to hire a hit man to kill his estranged wife, who filed for divorce in September.
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May 9, 2013 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
VISTA -- At a court arraignment attended by his friends and fans, heavy metal singer Tim Lambesis pleaded not guilty Thursday to a charge of soliciting the murder of his estranged wife. San Diego County Superior Court Judge Martin Staven set bail at $3 million. Once he is released from jail, Lambesis must wear a GPS monitor and stay away from his wife and their three children. Lambesis, 32, lead singer for the Christian-themed band As I Lay Dying, is charged with trying to hire a hit man to kill his estranged wife, who filed for divorce in September.
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December 7, 2007 | Andrew Blankstein
A judge sentenced a 67-year-old man to life in prison without the possibility of parole Thursday for masterminding the murder for hire of his estranged wife, a killing that took place as police were outside her Long Beach home investigating a reported prowler. Manfred Schockner was found guilty Sept. 7 of first-degree murder in the Nov. 8, 2004, stabbing death of his estranged wife, Lynn, at the home they once shared in the Bixby Knolls area.
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September 22, 1992 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lawyers for three people accused of a 1989 murder-for-hire plot each sought, in closing arguments Monday, to shift responsibility to others for the death of a retired Mission Viejo stockbroker. But Deputy Dist. Atty. David L. Brent told jurors that the killing of 72-year-old David Werner--who was smothered, beaten and stabbed in his bed--was the work of people who were "sick, (with) a complete, callous disregard for human life and its consequences. These were people . . . who had black hearts."
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May 8, 2013 | By Tony Perry
The lead singer and co-founder of the heavy metal band As I Lay Dying is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on charges he tried to hire a man to kill his estranged wife, San Diego County sheriff's records show. Tim Lambesis, 32, of Carlsbad was arrested without incident Tuesday in Oceanside while shopping. He is accused of attempting to find someone to kill his estranged wife, who lives in Encinitas. Lambesis had tried to hire an undercover sheriff's detective for the murder, authorities said.
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May 8, 2013 | By Todd Martens
Grammy-nominated As I Lay Dying vocalist Tim Lambesis was arrested in Oceanside on Tuesday on suspicion of hiring a hit man to murder his estranged wife, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. Lambesis, 32, was charged on three federal counts -- one count of solicitation to commit murder and two counts of conspiracy to commit crime.  The Times' L.A. Now reported that Lambesis " was arrested without incident while shopping. He is accused of attempting to find someone to kill his estranged wife, who lives in Encinitas.
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