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October 17, 2001 | JILL LEOVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Murder suspect Robert Durst, a wealthy developer who was previously questioned by the Los Angeles Police Department in connection with the killing of a Los Angeles writer, was declared a fugitive Tuesday after he failed to appear at a bail hearing here. Durst, 58, was charged with the murder of a Galveston man last week but was released after posting $30,000 cash on bail of $300,000.
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October 16, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A couple found slain in their condominium were identified Monday by the Los Angeles County coroner's office as Masishi Davodian, 22, and Kimberly Michelle Crayton, 20. Their roommate found the bodies Thursday in the two-bedroom condominium. Police declined to say how the two died. There are no suspects.
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October 16, 2001 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A knife-wielding man hunting for his girlfriend was shot to death by her neighbor in North Hollywood as he slashed the resident's screen door, police said Monday. Police were still looking for the unidentified neighbor, who fled after the Saturday morning shooting, police Det. Mike Coffey said. Officers received a call at 10:30 a.m. about a loud domestic dispute in the 8300 block of Amboy Avenue, Coffey said.
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October 15, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A newborn baby was found dead in a garbage bin Sunday evening by an El Sereno landlord who was about to pour trash inside the container, police said. The full-term baby was probably born on Sunday and abandoned in the 55-gallon plastic bin some time during the day.
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October 13, 2001 | DAVID PIERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police said Friday they still had no suspects in the killings of a man and woman in a Tujunga condominium. Los Angeles Police Department detectives did not identify the victims or disclose how they were killed. They said the dead man had been living in the condominium and the woman was his girlfriend. The bodies were found Thursday by the man's roommate. The police said they were examining the second-floor, two-bedroom residence in the 10100 block of Commerce Avenue.
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October 13, 2001 | HECTOR BECERRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There were prayers and bowed declarations of God's greatness. Greetings of all-encompassing peace. The funeral procession and the handfuls of dirt that began to fill up the grave. Then the men left the dead to part with hard embraces and tears, and the women were given their opportunity to visit the grave, sitting and weeping on the gray soil.
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October 12, 2001 | JILL LEOVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police investigating the killing of a 71-year-old man in Galveston, Texas, have arrested Robert Durst, once considered a "person of interest" in the shooting death of Los Angeles author Susan Berman. Los Angeles police said they have no plans to interview Durst, 58, whom they had questioned after Berman was found slain in her Benedict Canyon home Dec. 24.
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October 4, 2001 | MARK MAGNIER and MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
One of Japan's leading Internet entrepreneurs was shot to death near a Hawthorne intersection after he cooperated with a robber and handed over his money and cell phone, sheriff's officials said Wednesday. Roger Boisvert, 50, who was born in Canada and worked in the Japanese business world for the last 20 years, was killed about 4 a.m. Sunday. "We're very shocked," said George P. Taylor IX, who worked with Boisvert in Japan.
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October 2, 2001 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Van Nuys courtroom degenerated into pandemonium Monday when a man just convicted of first-degree murder spat at the prosecutor, causing armed bailiffs to drag him away, kicking and cursing, while his screaming mother also had to be forcibly removed. "This is the most violent I've ever seen anyone react [to a verdict] in my 30 years of police work," said Det. Rick Swanston, who supervises homicide investigators for the Los Angeles Police Department's West Valley Division.
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September 25, 2001 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kidnap and murder defendant Kirell Taylor testified Monday that he did not rob or kill a Woodland Hills businessman in 1999 and that the evidence against him had been fabricated. "My defense revolves around my being framed by the Los Angeles Police Department," Taylor said in Van Nuys Superior Court.
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