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February 5, 1998 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former high school honors student and cheerleader, accused of plotting with her boyfriend to kill her mother for a $310,000 inheritance, was found guilty Wednesday of conspiracy and first-degree murder. Amber Merrie Bray, 20, could be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after a ten-man, two-woman jury convicted her on the felony counts and two special circumstances allegations--lying in wait and murder for financial gain.
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February 24, 1997 | DUKE HELFAND and HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A prominent entertainment lawyer shot and killed his two 18-month-old twin children and then shot himself to death early Sunday morning at his home in a secluded, affluent Los Angeles neighborhood after a heated argument with his wife, according to police. William J. Billick III, general counsel of the Motion Picture Assn. of America, killed his twins, Alexandra and Daniel, after his wife, Jacqueline Brand, threatened to leave with the children, according to Los Angeles police officers.
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June 1, 1996 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Defense attorneys for convicted murderers Lyle and Erik Menendez filed legal papers Friday seeking a new trial for the brothers, contending that the judge in the case erred by refusing to allow the jury to consider possible manslaughter verdicts. The defense claimed, as expected, that Superior Court Judge Stanley M.
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May 31, 1993 | MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Long after Arnold Sauro retired from police work, he was plagued by the memory of one murder. He remembered how the victim was found, lying face down in bed, beaten and strangled, a silk stocking wrapped around her neck. He remembered her Hollywood apartment, the most brutal murder scene he had ever worked, with blood splattered on the walls, the ceiling and the bed.
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April 21, 1999 | JULIE HA and AGNES DIGGS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The 21-year-old trigger man in the murder for hire of Lawrence Austin, the owner and operator of a popular silent movie theater, will spend the rest of his days in prison, a judge ruled Tuesday. In sentencing Christian Rodriguez to life without the possibility of parole, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge J.D. Smith told the young man he is lucky to have avoided the death penalty.
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January 26, 1995 | From Associated Press
Excerpts of opening statements Wednesday by defense attorney Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. in the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial: Judge Ito, my colleagues on the right--the prosecutor--my colleagues on the defense side, to the Brown family, the Simpson family, to the Goldman family--ladies and gentlemen, good morning to you. . . . We started this process of trial back on Sept. 26, 1994, on the first day we all met. . . . And here we are now, several months later, in this search for justice.
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December 12, 1986 | ANDREW S. DOCTOROFF and GABE FUENTES, Times Staff Writers
Susan Cabot, a leading lady in "B" movies in the 1950s who was once courted by Jordan's King Hussein, was found beaten to death in her fashionable Encino home, and police said Thursday that they have arrested her 22-year-old son in connection with the slaying.
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April 11, 1996 | STEPHANIE SIMON and DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Not one to seek refuge in clunky medical jargon, psychiatrist William Vicary has always talked of his patients in the most evocative way. He called a convicted killer "a very sick lady with one foot on a banana peel and the other in the gas chamber." He described a teenage murder suspect as "an accident waiting to happen." He deemed Erik Menendez "so sick it was almost time to take him upstairs and put him in the rubber room."
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December 10, 1994 | ANDREA FORD and RALPH FRAMMOLINO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In the latest twist of the O.J. Simpson case, former football defensive lineman-turned-evangelist Rosey Grier was called to the stand Friday to testify about a recent jailhouse conversation with the defendant that allegedly was overheard by at least one deputy. Grier's courtroom appearance was prompted by declarations and reports filed under seal by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
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August 2, 1997 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The tragic saga of 3-year-old Stephanie Kuhen's slaying two years ago came to a wrenching conclusion Friday as three Cypress Park gang members were sentenced to what could amount to life in prison for killing the toddler and attempting to gun down five others including her mother and two young brothers.
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