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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 1993 | ANDREA FORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A jury Monday found a 30-year-old alleged member of an Eastside gang guilty of lying in wait for a popular gang-intervention worker and shooting her to death in Boyle Heights last year. Jose Gilbert Gonzalez sat staring at the defense table as the Los Angeles Superior Court jury pronounced him guilty of first-degree murder, ambushing and gun charges in the May 13, 1992, slaying of Ana Lizarraga, 49, in the driveway of her Lancaster Avenue home.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1999
A Superior Court jury Thursday found two gang members guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of four men during a carwash robbery in Compton last year. Aswad Pops, 28, and Byron Paul Wilson, 22, both of Long Beach, face possible death penalties. The penalty phase of the trial will begin today. Pops' brother, Aziz Pops, 24, was sentenced last October to a year in jail after pleading guilty to receiving stolen property in connection with the crime.
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July 3, 1994 | SHAWN HUBLER and REBECCA TROUNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In the beginning, she didn't even recognize him, that's how unworldly she was. "That's O.J. Simpson!" her boss at the nightclub exclaimed. She had never heard of the guy. Later, friends and relatives would recount the episode and shake their heads. It wasn't just the naivete. By the time she married him seven years later at the age of 25, it seemed there had never been a time when the larger-than-life celebrity had not dominated her existence. Their home was his mansion.
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January 30, 1998 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Now and then, when a dark mood strikes, Kevin Toshima returns to the Westwood Village street where his older sister was killed and tries to envision the last moments of one of Los Angeles' most famous innocent bystanders. He thinks about how Karen never saw the young South L.A. gunman who fired twice into a crowd of Saturday night strollers 10 years ago today while trying to shoot a rival gangster.
NEWS
January 25, 1995 | From Associated Press
Deputy Dist. Atty. Christopher Darden delivered the first part of the opening statement made by the prosecution Tuesday in the O.J. Simpson double murder trial. Here are excerpts of his statement: Your Honor Judge Ito, Mr. Cochran and Mr. Shapiro and Dean Uelmen, and to my colleagues seated here today in front of you, and to the real parties in interest in this case, the Brown family, the Goldman family and the Simpson family, and to you, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, good morning.
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January 24, 1997 | ANN W. O'NEILL and BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Woodland Hills lawyer was sentenced Thursday to 15 years to life in prison for a murder scheme targeting her prosecutor husband that the judge compared to "a Kafka story with its darkness, with its twists and with its turns." Appearing ashen, Nicole Garza said nothing after San Fernando Superior Court Judge Judith Meisels Ashmann sentenced her for the attempted murder of her husband, veteran Los Angeles city prosecutor Jose Garza.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1994 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As David Navarro tells it, he was a young man with big dreams and a puny wallet in November, 1988. So, when he needed someone to bankroll his fledgling house-hunting business, he turned to Mary Ellen Samuels, the mother of one of his friends. Samuels said money was tight, but she did have a job for him. She asked Navarro to kill her estranged husband, according to Navarro's testimony last week in Van Nuys Superior Court. "I just blew it off. It was like, yeah, whatever . . .
NEWS
April 14, 1995
How significant were some of the "errors" in evidence collection admitted by criminalist Dennis Fung? Sealed wet blood samples in plastic bags, allowing degradation of DNA by bacteria. A degraded DNA sample gives no result, not a false result. A degraded DNA sample thus cannot produce a false identification--the DNA fingerprint of another person. If a sample produces a positive result, then it was not significantly degraded. If it is degraded, it benefits the defendant.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1989 | SANDY BANKS, Times Staff Writer
Attorney Paul Takakjian remembers the outrage he felt at the news. Karen Toshima, a young Long Beach woman with a promising career as a graphic artist, was shot in the head as she strolled in Westwood, the innocent victim of a bullet fired in a gang fight. Today, Takakjian begins the defense in court of the man accused of firing the fatal shot. And the repercussions of that shot continue to reverberate throughout the city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1995 | TIM MAY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
On a shimmering, windy morning, relatives, friends and guests attended the unveiling of a granite gravestone for Ronald L. Goldman, who was slashed to death last June with Nicole Brown Simpson outside her Brentwood condominium. Jewish tradition holds that a grave site go unmarked until a year of mourning has passed. The unveiling of the gravestone signifies the end of the mourning period. Rabbi Gary E. Johnson of Temple Beth Haverim in Agoura Hills presided over the ceremony.
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