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January 7, 1998 | MAURA DOLAN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
A tragic collision of rural poverty, limited hospitals and mountainous isolation has left a baby dead and the emergency room doctor who failed to recognize the child's lethal condition facing trial this month for murder. Long regarded as a blue-collar Lake Tahoe, this rural outpost reached only by winding, mountain roads is a budget vacation spot for those who want to water ski, fish and guzzle beer.
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May 11, 1988 | PENELOPE McMILLAN, Times Staff Writer
Former Billionaire Boys Club members Arben (Ben) Dosti and Reza Eslaminia were sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without possibility of parole for the extortion murder of Eslaminia's wealthy Iranian father in 1984.
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October 20, 1994 | From Staff and Wire reports
The number of people killed by guns in California increased by more than 30% between 1989 and 1993, a rate slightly higher than the national average over the same period, according to a new state study. Although the human toll is great and well-documented, the study says gun violence is costing state taxpayers more than $18 billion a year, directly and indirectly.
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August 30, 1987 | STEPHANIE CHAVEZ, Times Staff Writer
A university professor was arrested at his West Hollywood apartment Saturday and accused of using a chain saw to dismember human body parts found last week along highways in Valencia and near Fresno, Sheriff's Department officials said.
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April 8, 1995 | J. MICHAEL KENNEDY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lucia Bravo didn't so much as flinch when the verdict was read. There wasn't even a deep breath from her Friday morning as the court clerk uttered the word guilty time after time. The jury had found her guilty of killing her husband. That, and trying to kill him six times before she actually succeeded.
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October 4, 1988 | PHILIP HAGER, Times Staff Writer
The state Supreme Court on Monday reversed the death sentence of the convicted killer of a 12-year-old girl, ruling that jurors had been improperly told that a life sentence could be commuted to permit his release on parole. The justices unanimously upheld the conviction but struck down the death penalty for Donald Griffin, 39, found guilty in the 1979 murder, rape and sodomy attack on Janice Kelly Wilson, his stepdaughter, in Kerman, Calif.
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August 23, 1989 | MARK A. STEIN and VALARIE BASHEDA, Times Staff Writers
Huey P. Newton, a co-founder of the radical Black Panther Party who was revered as a hero and reviled as a criminal, was shot three times in the head and killed Tuesday in a violent, drug-plagued area of West Oakland. Police declined to speculate on a motive for the predawn shooting, although Newton, 47, had been sentenced earlier this year to 90 days in San Quentin Prison for possessing drug paraphernalia, which was a violation of his parole in an earlier case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2001 | JOE MOZINGO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 26-year-old man suspected of killing six people across the state gouged his arms last week in an attempt to kill himself at Men's Central Jail in Los Angeles, authorities said. Anh The Duong is in a coma on life support at County-USC Medical Center after slicing two arteries with a home-made "shank," said Det. Christine Carnes of the sheriff's Homicide Bureau. Sheriff's Department records indicate that Duong was transferred to the County-USC jail ward at 5:03 a.m. Sept 11.
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May 1, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A 5-year-old boy, still haunted by the memory, says he was splattered with blood and watched in horror as his father robbed and murdered a woman three years ago, investigators said. "We feel the information the child gave is accurate," Police Chief Joseph McNamara said. "The details he gave fit the crime." A $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the boy's father, Erik Sanford Chatman, 25, has been offered through the city's Crimestopper program, McNamara said.
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January 24, 1989 | PHILIP HAGER, Times Staff Writer
A widely divided state Supreme Court on Monday overturned the death sentence of a Fresno County man convicted of murdering his estranged wife to avoid paying nearly $49,000 he owed her in a divorce settlement. The justices, filing four separate opinions, upheld the conviction but, by a vote of 4 to 3, ordered a new penalty trial for Peter Edelbacher, 33, found guilty of murder for financial gain in the slaying of Lela Schwartz-Edelbacher, 25, in April, 1981.
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