CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1991
The death penalty may be sought for a Spring Valley man, previously convicted of murder in Texas, in a Linda Vista slaying in May, the district attorney's office announced Wednesday. Douglas Hines Jr., 42, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to the May 1 murder of Nita Nevarez, 53, who was stabbed repeatedly in her Linda Vista apartment. Special-circumstances allegations have been filed against Hines that allow the prosecution to seek the death penalty if Hines is convicted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1994
A federal fugitive managed to elude FBI agents and Los Angeles police officers for more than two hours Tuesday. Then they brought in the police dog. And just like that, Eduardo Hernandez was apprehended, in the 45-gallon plastic trash can where he was hiding. "It was amazing," said FBI Special Agent John Hoos. "Within five minutes, he had him." Hernandez, 26, who was wanted on suspicion of murder in Texas, was shot at by at least one FBI agent during the confrontation. He was not hit.
February 17, 1992 |
For more than three years, Bill Suff answered telephones, sorted mail and assisted customers at John's Service Center on Main Street in this formerly elegant resort town, now frayed at the edges. "He seemed real nice--he used to buy sodas for all the grandkids," said Eric Snyder, grandson of the store's owners. When Suff showed him a book he was writing, though, even the young Snyder was struck by its macabre premise.
October 28, 2000 |
A defendant in a capital murder trial does not have an absolute constitutional right to have an attorney who stays awake for the entire trial, a sharply divided federal appeals panel in New Orleans ruled Friday. The ruling came in the case of Calvin J. Burdine, whose death sentence for a 1983 murder in Texas drew considerable--and unfavorable--attention to that state's death penalty system.
August 29, 2003 |
University of New Mexico basketball player Billy Feeney hanged himself in an apparent suicide early Thursday morning in downtown Albuquerque. The 20-year-old Feeney was found dead at 5:15 a.m. outside an apartment complex, Albuquerque Police Chief Gilbert Gallegos said at a news conference. "The evidence points that he hanged himself," Gallegos said. "We are following up on the premise that it is a suicide." No suicide note was found at the scene, police said.
October 29, 2011
What if the state executes an innocent person? That's a central question in the debate over the death penalty that David B. Rivkin Jr. and Andrew Grossman did not address in their Oct. 26 Op-Ed article defending capital punishment on constitutional grounds, says Thomas Wright of Oak Park, Ill.: "Rivkin and Grossman have good arguments but miss an elephant: the likelihood of irreversible error. There being no appeal from the grave, we have to accept the certainty of a mistaken execution when we accept the death penalty.
November 6, 2005 |
President Bush has said immigration reform ranks near the top of his second-term agenda, but he and Mexican President Vicente Fox passed up an opportunity this weekend to discuss the controversial issue at a hemispheric summit here. The omission raised fresh questions about whether Bush will be able to push through Congress a guest-worker program that is dividing members of his own party.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 2001 |
A wealthy fugitive charged with murder in Texas and considered a central figure in the disappearance of his wife in New York and the slaying of a woman friend in Los Angeles was arrested Friday in Pennsylvania. The FBI said Robert Durst, 58, son of a New York real estate mogul, was taken into custody by police in Bath, Pa., on suspicion of shoplifting.