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August 17, 2001 | ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies aren't taking any chances with convicted killer Benjamin Pedro Gonzales. Considered one of the most dangerous inmates in the California penal system, Gonzales arrived this week from Corcoran State Prison to face murder charges in the 1989 stabbing death of a 22-year-old Cerritos College student. Authorities have spent about $25,000 to remodel cells for him in the Men's Central Jail, where he is housed by himself.
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August 14, 2001 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge on Monday granted a new trial for convicted double-murderer Kenneth Leighton, ruling that his rights were violated when a prosecutor allegedly hid evidence from the defense. Judge Terry A. Green repeatedly castigated Deputy Dist. Atty. Michael Duarte for having engaged in "prejudicial misconduct" during the capital murder trial of Leighton and co-defendant Randall Williams.
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August 12, 2001 | NOAKI SCHWARTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One by one family and friends hoisted a shovel Saturday and tossed in fresh earth, burying the roots of the coral tree. A photo of the 30-year-old woman they were honoring sat under teardrop-shaped leaves the size of an outstretched hand. Less than seven days after Maria Isabel Villalvazo was shot at her home trying to save her father, about 200 residents, police officers and politicians gathered Saturday.
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August 11, 2001 | JEAN GUCCIONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A state appellate court Friday dismissed a murder indictment against one of the juveniles charged in the killing of a Glendale high school senior last year and ordered preliminary hearings for the two other minors. Prosecutors can try to refile the charges against Karen Terteryan, but his attorney said he plans to fight any new charges as excessive prosecution of the case. Meanwhile, the other two defendants, Rafael Gevorgyan and Anait Msryan, will have preliminary hearings.
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August 10, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A 32-year-old Reseda man has pleaded not guilty to charges he murdered his father, an Emmy Award-winning sound technician, the district attorney's office said Thursday. Matthew Marky is charged with one count of murder, one count of assault with a semiautomatic firearm and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon, said Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office. Marky allegedly shot his 63-year-old father, William Marky, Sunday at the family's Reseda home.
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August 10, 2001 | HECTOR BECERRA and KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Late Wednesday, Stephen Murphy clutched his baby girl Kali and scrambled toward his grandmother's porch in Compton as gunfire from passing cars killed them both. "He was still holding his little girl when he died," said Joseph "Joby" Matthews, 37, Murphy's uncle. It was the first of two multiple homicide of the night. In northeast Los Angeles' Atwater Village, two women and a man were shot execution style.
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August 9, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A 21-year-old Santa Monica man has been charged with murder in the stabbing death last month of a taxicab driver, authorities said Wednesday. Antonio Barba is being held on $1-million bail in connection with the slaying of Keum Kim, said Los Angeles police Officer Hayley Purece. Police said that Kim, 59, drove Barba to the 800 block of Brooks Avenue on July 8 and that Barba robbed and then stabbed the driver multiple times, Purece said. Barba will be arraigned Aug.
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August 9, 2001 | From a Times Staff Writer
A young child and a man in his 30s were shot to death and at least one other man was wounded when gunfire erupted on the streets of Willowbrook Wednesday night, sheriff's deputies said. The fatalities were part of a running gun battle between groups in two cars as they drove on the 13100 block of Willowbrook Avenue near Wilmington Avenue about 9:10 p.m., said department spokeswoman Deputy Roberta Granek. The child, who was between 1 and 3, was shot in the head, officials said.
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August 5, 2001 | From Staff Reports
A man found shot to death Wednesday night on a South Los Angeles sidewalk has been identified by police as Gilberto Sosa Carranza, authorities said. The 34-year-old Lynwood man was found at 7:09 p.m. in the 9600 block of South Alameda Street, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy said. Anyone with information is asked to call sheriff's homicide detectives at (323) 890-5500.
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August 4, 2001 | STEVE BERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Inglewood street gang member was sentenced Friday to two life terms in prison without the possibility of parole in connection with the murders of a police officer and an 18-year-old passerby. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William Pounders also ordered Jaime Mares Jr., 24, to serve the two life terms consecutively. The second life sentence has little practical meaning.
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