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August 3, 2001 | JEAN GUCCIONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A lawyer for four of Marco Barrera's children urged Thursday that a protocol be established to ensure that attorneys are notified whenever their minor clients are called to testify in court. Attorney Lisa E. Mandel said prosecutors would not contact adult witnesses without going through their lawyers. Nor should they call child witnesses without an attorney's consent. "In no other circumstances, if a person is represented, do you circumvent their attorney," she said.
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August 2, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A Los Angeles judge denied convicted murderer Robert Rosenkrantz's request Wednesday to be released from state prison on $100,000 bail pending appeal. In his ruling, Superior Court Judge Paul Gutman cited a California Supreme Court decision ordering Rosenkrantz to remain in prison while the 2nd District Court of Appeal decides whether he was unlawfully denied parole. Earlier, Gutman found that Gov.
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August 2, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A man was shot to death Wednesday on the shoulder of the westbound 105 Freeway and the four men spotted standing over his body then hopped into two vehicles and sped away, authorities said. Investigators closed a 2-mile section of the westbound lanes for several hours, creating a massive rush-hour traffic jam. The victim, a Latino ages 30 to 35, was not identified. He was shot on the freeway, about 100 yards east of Normandie Avenue, said Sheriff's Deputy Rich Pena. At 4:10 p.m.
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July 31, 2001 | ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the second time this year, a Los Angeles County jury has deadlocked on whether a 35-year-old handyman should be executed for raping and murdering two women. The vote Monday was 10 to 2 in favor of death for Kenneth Dean Hunt, who was convicted in March of first-degree murder and rape in the killings of Myra Davis, 71, and Jean Orloff, 60. Orloff, an oral surgeon's assistant, was found dead in her Westside apartment March 29, 1998.
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July 31, 2001 | DANIEL HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A stray bullet killed a 71-year-old woman Sunday night shortly after gunfire, possibly from the same passing car, killed a 39-year-old man, both in Los Angeles. Ruben Argumedo was killed as he stood at the southeast corner of North Avenue 64 and Garvanza Avenue in Highland Park, police said. It was the same intersection where his 26-year-old brother Alexander was gunned down in November 1990. It wasn't immediately known what became of that investigation.
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July 27, 2001 | SARAH HALE and JILL LEOVY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Police searched Thursday for a man they say fatally shot a downtown garment worker who had just stepped off an elevator into a fourth-floor foyer on his way to work. The victim was shot three times about 8:15 a.m. in a manufacturing building at 7th and Los Angeles streets. The hallway leads to dozens of small Korean-owned manufacturing companies that lease space, including K and C Apparel, a maker of ladies' formal clothing and the victim's employer for about five years.
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July 27, 2001 | HECTOR BECERRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man approached a vehicle behind a South-Central Los Angeles church Thursday night and opened fire, killing one man, shooting two others and wounding a young boy in the leg, police said. The boy, between the age of 3 and 6, was listed in serious condition at St. Francis Hospital. Two men in their 20s were also in serious condition with leg wounds, one at St. Francis and one at Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center.
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July 27, 2001 | STUART PFEIFER and JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
One of the accused masterminds in the 1989 machine-gun slaying of a flamboyant Los Angeles strip-club owner has cut a deal with prosecutors in which he will become a star prosecution witness in a trial set to start next week. British immigrant David Amos will receive a reduced sentence for his testimony against Michael Woods, the man police say ordered the club owner's killing.
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July 27, 2001 | STUART PFEIFER and JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
One of the accused masterminds in the 1989 machine-gun slaying of a flamboyant Brea strip club owner has cut a deal with prosecutors in which he will become a star prosecution witness in a trial to start next week. David Amos will receive a reduced sentence for his testimony against Michael Woods, the man who police say ordered the club owner's killing. Authorities allege that Woods wanted Horace "Big Mac" McKenna dead so he could take over his Los Angeles County strip club empire.
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July 24, 2001 | JEAN GUCCIONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As jurors consider whether Marco Barrera should be executed for the slayings of his two young children, four of his other offspring testified Monday about their deep loathing for the man who raised them. Three of the Barrera children told a San Fernando jury that they hope never to see their father again. A 20-year-old son and a 14-year-old daughter, asked if they had come to court to save their father's life, answered simply: "No."
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