March 11, 1990 |
Police said they had no suspects in the shooting death of a Canadian teen-ager who friends say had dreamed about her own murder several nights earlier. Cherice Jacobsen, 16, of British Columbia, was shot to death early Friday morning after leaving a prayer meeting at the Christian Life Center in northern Stockton, authorities said. A church pastor and several of the victims' friends witnessed the shooting, but police said no one saw the killer.
January 7, 1998 |
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 |
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.
April 3, 2001 |
A paroled rapist was convicted Monday of murder, kidnapping and rape in the deaths of two female college students whose bodies were found two years ago, buried on his rural San Luis Obispo property. Rex A. Krebs, 35, will return to a Monterey County courtroom April 17, when jurors will decide whether they should recommend he be put to death.
September 27, 1998 |
A woman in a blue dress, Gail Helms, 55, comes forward in a Van Nuys courtroom and takes a seat. She begins to read from a prepared text, nervously. "I am the grandmother of Lance Helms," she says, "and the mother of David Helms. "My daughter and I raised Lance from the time he was 5 days old to the time he was 23 months. He was the center of our lives. "Lance's biological mother went to prison when Lance was 5 months old.
October 20, 1994 |
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 |
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 |
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.
October 4, 1988 |
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.
August 23, 1989 |
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.