CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1992 |
A former San Fernando Valley civic leader who was married to two women simultaneously has been convicted in Florida of murdering his wife there during a confrontation over his double life. David R. Miller, 42, former president of the Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce and founder of the San Fernando Valley Leadership Foundation, faces the possibility of 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced in February, according to Seminole County Assistant State Atty. Steve Plotnik. A Sanford, Fla.
July 16, 1997 |
In the hard-rock nightspots and trendy restaurants of this city's gay enclave, Andrew Phillip Cunanan cut a memorable figure. He loved to host dinner parties for a coterie of good looking young men. He was a raconteur, possessed of a distinctive laugh and a love for spinning tales of trips to Europe and pending movie deals in Hollywood. And he always picked up the tab.
February 25, 1998 |
Looking across a spellbound courtroom--and into a nightmare she cannot forget--Mary Bell Vincent raised one of her two prosthetic arms Tuesday and pointed at the man who raped and mutilated her nearly 20 years ago in California. "Do you see your attacker in the courtroom?" Judge Bob Anderson Mitcham asked Vincent. "Yes," she said, pointing with a gleaming metal hook that now serves as a hand. Lawrence Singleton, 70, seemed not to blink.
December 7, 1996 |
Four teenagers believed to be part of a self-described "vampire cult" were returned to Florida to face charges of killing the parents of one of the suspects. They joined another teenager extradited earlier on charges surrounding the Nov. 25 bludgeoning deaths of Richard and Ruth Wendorf of Eustis, Fla. Police say the youths drank their own blood and that of mutilated animals and became attracted to vampires because of a best-selling role-playing game.
April 9, 1993 |
Six days after the brutal killing of a German tourist sent a wave of revulsion through Miami and caused at least two European governments, Germany and Britain, to caution their citizens about traveling here, police Thursday announced the arrests of two men charged with killing the visitor during a robbery.
August 2, 1994 |
In her first interviews since a protester shotgunned an abortion doctor and his escorts arriving at a clinic Friday, the only survivor of the attack, June Barrett, recalled the horror of discovering that Dr. John Britton had been killed, then getting out of the truck to find the body of her husband, 74-year-old James Barrett. Mrs. Barrett said she ducked to the floor and stayed there as pellets and shards of glass blew through the cab.
July 20, 1997 |
He is smart, resourceful, bold, sophisticated, egotistical, and he has eluded a manhunt involving hundreds of FBI agents and other law enforcement personnel, leaving gay communities from New York to San Francisco terrified that a psychopathic killer may be stalking them.
March 24, 2001 |
Police in South Florida searched for a man suspected of accidentally killing a woman during illegal plastic surgery to enlarge her buttocks. Vera Lawrence, a 53-year-old employee in Miami-Dade County's community development division, died in a local hospital after being injected in the buttocks with either silicon or collagen, police in the Fort Lauderdale suburb of Miramar said.
June 4, 1988 |
Brian Spencer, a former National Hockey League player acquitted last year of murdering a restaurant owner, died Friday of a gunshot wound to the chest. His companion at the time of the incident, Gregory Scott Cook, told police that Spencer, 39, was shot in Cook's truck during a robbery attempt that followed a cocaine buy late Thursday night in Riviera Beach. But police Capt. Jerry Poreba said there are questions about Cook's account.
March 10, 2001 |
A 14-year-old boy who said he was merely imitating his pro wrestling heroes when he killed a young playmate was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole--a fate that some jurors and even the prosecutor say is too harsh. Broward County Judge Joel T. Lazarus imposed the mandatory sentence on Lionel Tate, calling his actions "cold, callous and indescribably cruel."