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October 30, 1993 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kitty Menendez was suicidal over her husband's eight-year extramarital affair, and Jose Menendez was "the ultimate control freak," two witnesses testified Friday at Lyle and Erik Menendez's murder trial. Continuing to round out a personality profile of the parents, the defense on Friday called its 52nd and 53rd witnesses: Kitty Menendez's onetime therapist and Jose Menendez's ex-corporate colleague. North Hollywood psychologist Edwin S.
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December 21, 1989 | JOHN JOHNSON and EDWARD J. BOYER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An admitted gang member was acquitted Wednesday of murder charges arising from the so-called "54th Street Massacre" in 1984, when five teen-agers were shot to death in what authorities said was one of the worst incidents of gang violence in Los Angeles history. After a six-month trial and five days of deliberation, a Superior Court jury found Fred (Fat Fred) Knight, 22, innocent on five counts of first-degree murder. "We're ecstatic," Joel R.
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July 16, 1994 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
KCBS-TV Channel 2 aired an extraordinary public apology Friday, admitting it had erred in broadcasting a splashy and hotly disputed story criticizing the conduct of prosecutors in the O.J. Simpson murder case. The station's investigative reporter, Harvey Levin, appeared at the beginning of the noon broadcast to retract his story, which had aired Wednesday evening. In that report, Levin had suggested that Deputy Dist. Atty.
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March 8, 2001 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
O.J. Simpson asked the California Supreme Court on Wednesday to overturn the $33.5-million wrongful-death judgment against him. The former football star filed the request in Los Angeles without the assistance of an attorney. Details were not immediately available, but Dr. Henry Johnson, a close friend and investigator for Simpson, said the request alleged that Simpson was denied his constitutional right to a fair trial.
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March 18, 1991 | FAYE FIORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Aaron Abernathy stopped breathing in his baby-sitter's arms one cold February afternoon and died hours later in the same Los Angeles hospital where he was born just three months before. He was buried in a pale blue casket at Forest Lawn cemetery on a hill set aside for the graves of babies. His baby-sitter, a matronly grandmother of five named Dora Kerr, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and child abuse.
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July 2, 1997 | JOHN M. GLIONNA and CARLA HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
They were standing three-deep at the bar at Mezzaluna, the now-infamous Brentwood eatery where Nicole Brown Simpson dined on the last night of her life and where Ron Goldman worked as a waiter. But this was neither lunch nor happy hour. This was a wake of sorts, a fire sale equipment auction at the once casually hip neighborhood restaurant that closed recently after seeing its business crippled by the media and star-gazing frenzy surrounding O.J. Simpson's criminal and civil trials.
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September 20, 1998 | EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even for detectives hardened by the trivialities that can lead to street violence, these crimes defied reason. In an effort to become the most feared Asian gang in Los Angeles, a group of young men are alleged to have engaged in a spate of violence--shooting and wounding strangers, conducting running gun battles on freeways and staging a deadly ambush against a rival gang. "They did it just for fun," Los Angeles Police Det. Larry Dolley said. "They called it summer madness."
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July 22, 1994 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Porsche, the parties, and the Cancun beaches she savored as a newly rich widow now only a memory, Mary Ellen Samuels sat stunned Thursday as a jury recommended that she be executed for orchestrating the murders of her estranged husband and the man she hired to kill him. A hush fell over the packed Van Nuys courtroom as the jury delivered the verdict. Samuels, 45, did not change expressions as a court clerk read the verdict of the jury--reached after two days of deliberations.
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February 2, 2001 | MICHAEL KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When 15-year-old Armen Petrosyan arrived in east Hollywood from Armenia in 1989, he was thrust into an urban environment where large, long-established street gangs--in this case, Mexican American and Salvadoran--often preyed on a smaller group of new immigrants. Outnumbered, Petrosyan and two friends formed a defense alliance that grew into the Armenian Power street gang, which at its peak in the mid-1990s had about 120 members.
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June 24, 1998 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seventeen months ago she was the unnamed, unknown "woman in fur," standing alongside a darkened roadway where Bill Cosby's son had just been killed. In the darkness, lighted only by the glare of headlights, she wore high heels and a short fur coat. On Tuesday, the mystery woman whose image was broadcast across televisions worldwide returned to the limelight. This time she appeared as a key witness in the trial of Mikail Markhasev, the 19-year-old accused of killing Ennis Cosby.
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