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December 1, 1993 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Menendez family estate, once valued at up to $14 million, is virtually depleted, it was disclosed Tuesday at Lyle and Erik Menendez's murder trial. Shrunken by taxes, legal fees and other costs, Jose and Kitty Menendez's estate is worth no more than $800,000--and has debts at least that high, defense lawyer Leslie Abramson said in court. Probate records are sealed and the defense had kept financial figures secret throughout the trial.
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April 19, 2002 | ANNA GORMAN and ANDREW BLANKSTEIN and ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Actor Robert Blake and his bodyguard were arrested Thursday in the shooting death of Blake's wife last May outside a restaurant in Studio City. The 68-year-old actor, best known for his role as a detective in the television series "Baretta," was in custody on suspicion of murder and could face the death penalty, police said. He had been questioned earlier about the slaying of Bonny Lee Bakley, but authorities Thursday said for the first time that he had been a suspect from the start.
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August 4, 1993 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prosecutors on Tuesday displayed a series of graphic autopsy photos for jurors in the murder trial of Lyle and Erik Menendez that appeared to reduce the brothers to tears. The color pictures show that their father, Jose Menendez, was hit six times and their mother, Kitty Menendez, 10 times with shotgun blasts. Jose Menendez suffered a fatal shot to the back of his head, a coroner's deputy testified as prosecutors posted a picture of the wound.
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March 12, 2002 | PAUL LIEBERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Efren Saldivar, the respiratory therapist who once told Glendale police that he killed dozens of hospital patients with injections of paralyzing drugs, is expected to plead guilty today to six murder counts and other charges in a plea bargain that will spare him the death penalty. Families of the victims were notified by authorities Monday night that Saldivar, 32, had agreed to enter the plea this morning before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lance A. Ito.
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March 13, 1997 | ABIGAIL GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two and a half years after Delores Jackson drowned in his swimming pool, businessman Donald Bohana pleaded not guilty Wednesday to her murder and was ordered held in lieu of $1-million bail. A short bail hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court depicted Bohana as a 60-year-old businessman with widespread contacts, a pilot's license--and more than $4 million in debts.
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September 14, 1993 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lyle Menendez testified Monday that his mother was "very strange" and frequently violent and that she--like his father--sexually abused him. Until he was 13, his mother would wash his body "everywhere," he said. She also would invite him into bed with her and he would touch her "everywhere," he testified. "I took it to be love," Lyle Menendez said, adding, "She was enjoying it." But he was not enjoying it, he said, so he stopped the activities, which enraged her.
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August 31, 1993 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kitty Menendez, who over the years was needy, pathetic, athletic, disorganized, suspicious and spacey, "all kinds of contradictory things," simply seemed strange three weeks before her sons killed her, a former neighbor testified Monday. Called by the defense as Lyle and Erik Menendez's murder trial resumed after a four-day recess, Alicia Hercz said Kitty Menendez "kept staring" into space when they met Aug. 1, 1989, at the Menendez home in Beverly Hills.
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October 13, 1993 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At age 13, Erik Menendez confided that his father was molesting him, a cousin testified Tuesday. With the defense in the Menendez brothers' murder trial seeking to corroborate controversial claims of abuse, cousin Andres (Andy) Cano testified that Erik Menendez told him that his father gave him genital "massages."
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July 26, 2001 | JEAN GUCCIONE and SUE FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
It's been almost a year, but Benjamin Markowitz still has trouble believing his childhood friends could have kidnapped and killed his younger brother. "In my worst nightmares, I never would have thought that that would have happened," Markowitz, 23, said last week in an interview. It was a brazen crime that stunned the West Valley, where most of the young suspects had grown up. They'd played baseball together on the well-groomed fields of a private league.
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April 18, 1996 | ANN W. O'NEILL and NICHOLAS RICCARDI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A jury Wednesday spared the lives of Lyle and Erik Menendez, who shotgunned their millionaire parents to death in Beverly Hills in 1989 and now will spend the rest of their days in state prison with no hope of parole. As the verdicts were read in the tension-filled Van Nuys courtroom, a wave of relief seemed to sweep over the brothers and their defense attorneys when they realized that the jury had rejected the death penalty. The defense lawyers reacted with grins, tears and hugs.
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January 15, 2002 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Calling him a vicious murderer, a judge Monday sentenced 16-year-old Michael Hrayr Demirdjian to a lifetime behind bars for bludgeoning two teenage boys on a La Crescenta playground. "Sir, you've committed a crime like a man, and now you'll be treated and punished as a man," Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Ronald S. Coen said. Demirdjian received two consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole for killing Christopher McCulloch, 13, and Blaine Talmo Jr., 14.
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January 2, 2002 | HECTOR BECERRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three men were killed and a woman was wounded in Lincoln Heights when a gunman opened fire Tuesday outside a New Year's party, heightening fears in a neighborhood that has been hit by increasing gang violence. "Whoever shot these guys really wanted them dead, judging by the way it happened," Los Angeles Police Det. Rodrigo Amador said of the slayings. All of the men were shot in the upper body, possibly several times, with a large-caliber weapon. Killed in the 5:30 a.m.
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December 27, 2001 | JEAN GUCCIONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four men were charged with first-degree murder Wednesday in the shooting death of a 15-year-old Francis Polytechnic High School student earlier this month. Prosecutors allege that Juan Manuel Chavez, 21, of Pacoima shot freshman Santiago Polanco of Sun Valley on Dec. 13 as he walked with friends in the 8300 block of Sharp Avenue in Sun Valley, a few blocks from campus.
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December 7, 2001
About 250 residents gathered Thursday night at St. Andrews Recreation Center in South Los Angeles, where 13-year-old Marquese Rashad Prude was shot to death Nov. 28. Many of the angry residents demanded that city officials bring the killers, who have not been identified, to justice. "We have clues . . ., Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas told the crowd. "We are going to turn up the heat. Everybody expects something to happen on this."
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December 7, 2001 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Chatsworth man who killed a 77-year-old Holocaust survivor in a car crash while fleeing police last December was convicted of first-degree murder by a jury Thursday. James Arthur McMann, 23, showed no emotion as he heard the verdict that included convictions for robbery, burglary, carjacking as well as special circumstances that now make him eligible for life in prison without the possibility of parole. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 9.
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December 1, 2001 | GARIOT LOUIMA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 15-year-old boy walking to a store to buy candy was killed in a drive-by shooting in southwest Los Angeles, police said Friday. Bailey James Tucker was shot at least twice Thursday by men in a white vehicle as he and Howard Robinson, 18, were on their way to a Mobil gas station mini-mart through an alley near Crenshaw and Adams boulevards. Tucker, who was shot in the chest, stomach and groin, died at 7:30 p.m. at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Robinson was not hurt.
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June 20, 1997 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The mob-style rub-out of Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel 50 years ago today at the Beverly Hills mansion of his street-wise, auburn-haired mistress has endured as one of Los Angeles' most romanticized murder mysteries.
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December 29, 1993 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON
With one of the two juries in the Menendez brothers murder trial listening again to snatches of testimony, another day passed without a verdict. Lyle Menendez's jury, in a 10th day of deliberations, requested the rereading of testimony about his hairpiece and about the origins of a tape-recorded session between the brothers and their Beverly Hills psychologist, L. Jerome Oziel, on Dec. 11, 1989.
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November 30, 2001 | TRACY WILSON and SUE FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A jury Thursday decided Ryan Hoyt should be executed for kidnapping and killing a 15-year-old West Hills boy to settle a $200 drug debt. The verdict backing a death sentence came after six hours of deliberations by jurors who last week found Hoyt, 22, guilty in the abduction-slaying of Nicholas Markowitz. Hoyt is one of five men charged in the Aug. 8, 2000, killing.
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November 30, 2001 | RICHARD FAUSSET and JEAN GUCCIONE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The family of one of the victims in a 1984 double slaying has offered a $10,000 reward for information that could bolster the case against the man awaiting trial for the crime. The suspect, 51-year-old Josif Jurcoane, was extradited from Mexico in April and charged with the shooting deaths of Lloyd "Bill" Bryden, 66, and his live-in girlfriend, Alice B. McCannel, 39. The slayings occurred July 4, 1984, at Bryden's Mountain Brook Ranch in Valyermo, near Palmdale.
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