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November 12, 1992 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
James Newman Hood sits in a quaint, ornate courtroom, rocking slowly in his wooden chair, as lawyers and witnesses chart his descent from the golden existence and happy family life he once knew to the prospect of financial ruin and a life behind bars.
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December 16, 2004 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
A San Bernardino County woman convicted of murdering a Korean War veteran, and who told police she dismembered his body with a chain saw and rolled his head down a hill off Mt. Baldy Road, was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Marcia Ann Johnson, 44, and her partner drained the bank accounts and sold the home of the victim, Mt. Baldy resident Jack Irwin, after the grisly 1999 murder.
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June 15, 2001 | DAVID HERMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The case of a 16-year-old girl accused of torturing and beating an elderly woman to death last July will return to adult court, a San Bernardino Juvenile Court judge ruled Thursday. "She has no compassion, no empathy, no morality or decency," Judge John P. Wade said, explaining why he determined that Christy Phillips, who was 15 at the time of the crime, is unfit to be tried in Juvenile Court.
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December 22, 2001 | ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal appeals court declined Friday to review the case of a San Bernardino County killer scheduled for execution next month at San Quentin State Prison. In a two-page decision, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals determined that the performance of Stephen Wayne Anderson's trial attorney did not violate his 6th Amendment right to a fair trial. Anderson, 48, who has been on death row for 20 years, is to be executed Jan. 29. He has until Wednesday to file a petition for clemency with Gov.
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April 26, 1992 | NANCY WRIDE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Here we are in "the Cindy Room," surrounded by remnants of her violent past and, possibly, her deadly future. From this cubbyhole near the Orange County Courthouse, two public defenders are marshaling their arguments to save Cynthia Lynn Coffman, the first woman sentenced to California's gas chamber since the Manson followers.
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May 3, 1991 | NIESON HIMMEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 16-year-old singer was shot to death, and two other people were critically wounded, in a San Bernardino convenience store holdup that turned into a gun battle, police reported Thursday. The dead youth was identified by police as Ronnie Newt of Diamond Bar, who sang with his twin brother, Bobby, and a 10-year-old brother, Johnny, as the Newtrons on an MCA album released last year. "We are deeply saddened," a spokesperson for the Universal City-based company said Thursday.
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June 17, 1997 | From Associated Press
A gunman opened fire during a thwarted robbery at a McDonald's restaurant Monday, killing a 9-year-old girl before an off-duty police officer mortally wounded him, authorities said. The gunman entered the restaurant through the employees entrance about 3 p.m. and handed a note to the manager, who then told employees they were being robbed, police said. An off-duty Barstow officer eating in the restaurant tried to confront the gunman, who opened fire, Police Lt.
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November 24, 1995 | RALPH FRAMMOLINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A gunman stormed a Riverside County halfway house Thursday looking for former Los Angeles Police Sgt. Stacey C. Koon but killed a hostage instead before sheriff's deputies shot him to death, authorities said. The gunman--tentatively identified as Randall Tolbert, 35--was killed in a volley of gunfire after a sheriff's SWAT team burst into the Re-Entry Community Corrections Center in Rubidoux about 3:30 p.m.
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August 3, 1991
A 15-year old girl was killed and three other teen-agers wounded in a drive-by shooting outside a San Bernardino theater, police said. The theater was showing the film "Boyz N the Hood," but police said they could not establish that the movie had any connection with the shooting. Several films were being shown at the eight-screen theater. Police said the three surviving victims were in stable condition at local hospitals. Police spokeswoman Sherrie Guerrero said five to six shots were fired.
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January 24, 1992 | Associated Press
Former singer Mitch McDowell of the funk group General Kane and a teen-age nephew were shot to death during a robbery at their bail bond business, authorities said Thursday. "We don't know if it was personal, professional or just a spur of the moment deal," Detective Vince Kutch said. Details about the slayings, including the type of weapon used, were not disclosed. McDowell, 37, and Akili John Davis, 18, were found dead early Wednesday by a homeless man looking for a place to sleep.
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December 8, 2001 | GENE MADDAUS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A jury in Rancho Cucamonga convicted a 17-year-old of second-degree murder Friday for killing his mother and sister. Paul Yum next will face a sanity hearing to determine whether he knew right from wrong when he shot Ester Yum, 39, and Christine Yum, 9, at their Upland home in June 1999. San Bernardino Deputy Dist. Atty. Nancy Cooper had told the jury that Yum should be convicted of first-degree murder. But outside court Friday, she said she was satisfied with the verdict.
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November 11, 2001 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
Stephen W. Anderson, a drifter, broke into the San Bernardino home of Elizabeth Lyman, a retired 81-year-old piano teacher, and shot her dead on May 26, 1980. Anderson ransacked the house in an apparent search for money. He cooked himself a dish of noodles, which he was eating when sheriff's deputies arrived at the house after getting a call from a neighbor who became worried after seeing a stranger in Lyman's house.
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October 2, 2001 | DOUGLAS HABERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One of four young men charged with murder in the November 2000 slaying of a lawn mower shop owner at his Chino Hills home pleaded guilty Monday to voluntary manslaughter and agreed to testify against his co-defendants. Wilson Kim of Chino Hills, who turns 22 on Sunday, entered the plea in San Bernardino County Superior Court in Rancho Cucamonga. Instead of the usual orange jail jumpsuit he wore a green jumpsuit, which shows he is in protective custody.
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September 30, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A mother accused of torturing two of her sons and contributing to the death of another has changed her plea of innocent to innocent by reason of insanity. Carrie Lee Davis, 42, amended her plea last week in a Joshua Tree courtroom. Davis' two children, now ages 13 and 18, have told police they were chained up in their home and held captive by their mother, their father, John Davis, 53, and Faye Potts, 47. The boys said they endured years of beatings and were also underfed.
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September 22, 2001 | DOUGLAS HABERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The California Youth Authority ward who killed a guard in Chino and sparked a crackdown on the lenient atmosphere in some CYA prisons was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole. A San Bernardino County Superior Court jury in October convicted James Ferris, 30, of murder in the death of guard Ineasie Baker, 42, of Rialto. But the same jury and a subsequent panel deadlocked on whether he should be sentenced to death.
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September 8, 2001 | KEN ELLINGWOOD and SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A man wanted in connection with four killings in San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties was arrested by the U.S. Border Patrol after an agent following footprints found him hiding in the bushes with three other people near the border fence at Tecate, U.S. authorities said Friday.
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April 1, 1992 | ROSE KIM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Newport Beach developer was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on a charge of killing a former employee who was acquitted last year of murdering the suspect's wife. Municipal Judge Douglas A. Fettel scheduled an April 10 arraignment for James N. Hood, 48, in San Bernardino County Superior Court. Hood is accused in the March 2 shooting death of Bruce E. Beauchamp, 31, a maintenance supervisor.
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February 10, 1995 | From a Times Staff Writer
The body of a missing 10-year-old Fontana girl was found in an orange grove Thursday, and her 19-year-old brother was arrested after he allegedly provided information that led to the grim discovery. Police declined to say how Rosemary Banuelos was slain or what the motive may have been. The girl was first reported missing Sunday, and scores of volunteers joined the search for her earlier this week.
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August 20, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
San Bernardino County sheriff's investigators are searching for a Bloomington man suspected of killing his wife and her mother at their home early Sunday. Authorities suspect Jose Martinez, 31, fatally stabbed his wife, Haydee, 29, and mother-in-law, Gloria Lara, 53. Investigators think Martinez drove off in Haydee's light-blue four-door 1996 Nissan Sentra. The California license plate is 4EQV191.
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August 17, 2001 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A sheriff's deputy Thursday discovered the body of a woman investigators believe was shot by her older brother, a Camp Pendleton Marine, hours after prosecutors formally charged the brother with murder. Dumped in a remote, inhospitable patch of desert near Hesperia, in the high desert of San Bernardino County, the body had not been moved or positively identified by Thursday evening, officials said. But Deputy Dist. Atty.
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