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December 1, 1998 | JULIE MARQUIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To supporters of abortion rights, Dr. Bruce Steir is a brave--if beleaguered--warrior, one of the few doctors willing to fly to far-flung clinics, don a bulletproof vest and march through throngs of taunting protesters. To abortion foes, Steir is a "butcher" whose career epitomizes the horrors wrought by Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 1998
An 18-year-old Pomona man died Monday after being stabbed, police said. Pomona police found Victor Hernandez lying on the ground in front of a house on the 500 block of West 11th Street shortly before midnight Sunday. Hernandez had been stabbed numerous times in the upper body, said Police Sgt. Elias Valdez. Hernandez was taken to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, where he died early Monday. Police do not have a motive for the stabbing, and have not identified a suspect.
NEWS
July 31, 1998 | From Associated Press
A jury Wednesday recommended the death penalty for a mother who stabbed her three children to death. Dora Buenrostro, 38, was convicted last week of killing Susana, 9, Vicente, 8, and Deidra, 4, in October 1994. All three children were stabbed in the neck. Jurors said the defendant showed a lack of remorse when she testified during the penalty hearings. Sentencing was scheduled for Oct. 2. Buenrostro killed the children in a rage after a fight with her ex-husband, said Deputy Dist. Atty.
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July 18, 1998 | JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The details of Alma Nappier's death March 28, 1980, near this farm town 90 miles southeast of Los Angeles rang too familiar to attract much notice: A Nuevo woman died in an early morning traffic accident Friday in the Winchester area. Alma Nappier, 44, lost control of her automobile while driving along California 79, north of Benton Road, at 3:05 a.m. Her automobile drifted onto the dirt shoulder of the highway and rolled over. Nappier, alone, was ejected from the vehicle as it flipped.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 1998 | ESTHER SCHRADER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County probation officer was found shot to death in his Norco home, and police have arrested his son, whom they described as a 17-year-old student at Villa Park High School. The body of Robert L. Swearingen, 52, was found in his garage just after noon Wednesday. He had been shot in the upper body with his own .38-caliber service revolver, said Mark Lohman, a spokesman for the Riverside Sheriff's Department.
NEWS
June 19, 1998 | From a Times Staff Writer
A high school sports standout was held Thursday on suspicion of fatally shooting his divorced father, an Orange County probation officer, at the father's Norco home. The body of Robert L. Swearingen, 52, was found in his garage Wednesday. He had been shot with his own .38-caliber service revolver, said Mark Lohman, a spokesman for the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. The victim's son, a 17-year-old student at Villa Park High School, was taken into custody at his father's home, Lohman said.
NEWS
May 19, 1998 | From Associated Press
The state Supreme Court on Monday unanimously upheld the death penalty for a Riverside man convicted of shooting his disabled mother while burglarizing his parents' home. A Riverside County jury found defendant Donald Ray Millwee guilty of first-degree murder with use of a rifle. It found two special circumstances warranting the death penalty because the killing took place during a robbery and a burglary.
NEWS
May 19, 1998 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a ruling that gives a glimmer of hope to a California murderer facing execution, the Supreme Court said Monday that an Arizona death row inmate is entitled to one hearing before a federal judge to argue that his life should be spared because he is insane. The 7-2 decision marks one of the rare times the high court has sided with the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in a death penalty case.
NEWS
May 15, 1998 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A jury found Thursday that triple murderer Horace Kelly, described by his attorney as a man with a "broken brain," is sane enough to be executed. The verdict means that state prosecutors can move forward with the execution of Kelly, the first condemned inmate in California in nearly half a century to face a sanity trial on the brink of his scheduled death.
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May 14, 1998 | From Associated Press
A hearing on whether Horace Kelly is sane enough to be executed swept to a dramatic close Wednesday as a prosecutor displayed three silhouettes representing Kelly's victims, each stamped with a large red "X." His voice dropping to a whisper, prosecutor Ed Berberian read the names and ages of the victims--two women and an 11-year-old boy--who were killed by Kelly in November 1984. "Ask yourself this, 'Is Horace Kelly aware of why he's being executed?' " Berberian said.
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