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March 8, 2001 | KEN ELLINGWOOD and TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Head bowed, eyes puffy, 15-year-old Charles Andrew Williams was formally charged with murder and attempted murder Wednesday, hours after shaken students began returning to the suburban high school that he allegedly turned into a bloody shooting gallery two days before. Dozens of Santana High School students appeared at the San Diego County Superior Court in El Cajon for Williams' arraignment.
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August 25, 2010 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
The state Senate approved a package of bills Tuesday in response to the rapes and murders of San Diego County teenagers Chelsea King and Amber Dubois, including a measure that would keep violent sexual offenders behind bars longer and require closer supervision for those paroled. Lawmakers dubbed one bill Chelsea's Law in memory of King, who was killed by a previously convicted sex offender after she disappeared while jogging near her home. King's parents actively supported the legislation.
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April 18, 1997 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a high-profile case of a retired Navy officer convicted of killing the neighborhood bully, a judge reduced the conviction Thursday from murder to manslaughter and gave the killer a lighter sentence than prosecutors and the victim's family had sought. Superior Court Judge William Mudd said the victim, John Harper Jr.
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February 28, 2002 | SCOTT GOLD and DAREN BRISCOE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Volunteer searchers in a remote inland area stumbled across the body of a young girl Wednesday, and investigators said the remains are almost certainly those of 7-year-old Danielle van Dam, who disappeared from her home Feb. 2. The body was discovered under a small stand of trees, about 30 feet off a winding two-lane road. The area, about 25 miles northeast of San Diego and east of El Cajon, is in a rural area known an Dehesa.
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July 21, 1998 | From Associated Press
A 29-year-old woman will follow her husband to death row for the murder of their 4-year-old niece, who was beaten and starved for months before being scalded to death in a bathtub, a judge ruled Monday. Superior Court Judge Michael Wellington, accepting a jury's recommendation, sentenced Veronica Gonzales to death for the 1995 killing of Genny Rojas.
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March 6, 1994 | DAVID FERRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Joshua Swindell notched his first speeding ticket at age 14, clocking 47 m.p.h. down a hill in Diamond Bar--on a skateboard. Fear was not in his blood. He liked to live on the edge, to push the limit. By his late teens, the gangly, towheaded youth was a rising star in the hard-edged world of professional skateboarding, traveling and hauling down $50,000 a year, plus royalties on his own line of custom boards. In a world that pays homage to narcissism and nerve, Swindell found his niche.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 1996 | JIM NEWTON and TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Friday afternoon shooting in suburban La Mesa left three off-duty police officers dead, one by his own hand--an extraordinarily bloody moment in the history of Southern California law enforcement that authorities believe was sparked by the jealous rage of a Los Angeles police officer. Sources said the killer appears to have been a recently hired Los Angeles Police Department officer named Guillermo Delacruz, 29, who worked patrol in the agency's Southeast area.
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February 26, 1996 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Herman W. Kreutzer, California prison inmate D-20376, will not be wearing his beloved cowboy hat when he meets with the parole board Thursday. And it's doubtful that any board member will refer to him by his preferred nickname, "Rock," or respond in kind if Kreutzer addresses him as "pardner." This is the first time that Kreutzer, 59, serving a sentence of 17 years to life at the state prison in San Luis Obispo for gunning down his son-in-law in 1984, has been eligible for a parole hearing.
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May 11, 1995 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fourteen-year-old Tony Hicks is too young for a driver's license, too young to view an R-rated movie by himself, but now he's facing a 25-years-to-life sentence if convicted in the ambush slaying of a pizza deliveryman. Hicks, who has admitted shooting his victim with a 9-millimeter semiautomatic handgun, has become the youngest defendant in California history to be looking at hard-core prison time.
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September 29, 1992 | MARK PLATTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For more than four years after his wife's disappearance, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Leonard Eddington II tended to the couple's three young children, fretting aloud to family members about whether Vickie would ever be found. Attempting to answer that question themselves, Vickie's family, friends and neighbors had slowly reached the conclusion that Eddington might have killed her. Maybe it was the bulldozer that he used repeatedly to smooth over his property.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A toxicologist accused of poisoning her husband in November will stand trial for murder, a judge decided Friday. After a hearing, the judge concluded that sufficient evidence exists to try Kristin Rossum, 24, for the murder of Greg DeVillers, 25. Medical examiner Brian Blackbourne said DeVillers died from an overdose of sentanyl, a narcotic sometimes used to treat cancer patients.
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July 5, 2001 | KARIMA A. HAYNES and PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A 41-year-old San Diego County man, wanted in the slaying of his 72-year-old stepfather, fatally shot himself Wednesday after leading police on a 35-minute chase and then holding them off at a Studio City gas station for several hours, police said. Perry Kiefer was found dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound inside the station at Vineland Avenue and Ventura Boulevard, LAPD Lt. Horace Frank said. No other injuries were reported.
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July 5, 2001 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN and KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A 41-year-old San Diego County man, wanted in the slaying of his 72-year-old stepfather, fatally shot himself Wednesday after leading police on a 35-minute chase and then holding them off at a Studio City gas station for several hours, police said. Perry Kiefer was found dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound inside the station at Vineland Avenue and Ventura Boulevard, LAPD Lt. Horace Frank said. No other injuries were reported.
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June 29, 2001 | TIPTON BLISH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The father of a San Diego County toxicologist accused of poisoning her husband defended his daughter Thursday as an academic, a dog lover and an avid reader who had no reason to kill. Ralph Rossum offered a different image of his daughter, Kristin Rossum, from the one prosecutors painted of a drug addict who plotted to poison her husband to keep him from revealing her drug use and an affair.
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April 21, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A judge Friday delayed ruling on whether Charles Andrew Williams, 15, accused of killing two students and wounding 13 people at Santana High School in Santee, should be tried as an adult or juvenile. El Cajon Superior Court Judge Herbert Exharos said he needs another week to study arguments by Williams' attorneys challenging Proposition 21, the measure adopted by voters last year that allows prosecutors to file murder charges against juveniles in Superior Court.
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March 27, 2001 | KEN ELLINGWOOD and TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Their heads bowed, two teenagers accused of shooting rampages at local high schools appeared at separate hearings Monday, where one pleaded not guilty and attorneys for the other vowed to fight a law requiring that he be tried as an adult.
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March 7, 2001 | MATTHEW EBNET, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Caution was as much a part of Brian Zuckor's life as bikes and skateboards and silly antics with friends. The 14-year-old loved performing stunts on his bike, but he wore a helmet. He loved being with friends, but for five years he did not attend public school; his parents chose instead to teach him at home--and keep him safe. But a year ago, persuaded by her son's pleas, Michelle Zuckor enrolled Brian in Santana High School. The Zuckors gave the boy a cell phone. A safety precaution.
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February 14, 1993 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Relatives of a British woman who was found shot to death in Rancho Santa Fe along with her three children have turned to the office of Lawrence E. Walsh, the independent counsel investigating the Iran-Contra case, to air their contention that U.S. government agents were responsible for the family's murder. Gail Spiro, 41, and her children--Sara, 16; Adam, 14, and Dina, 11--were found Nov.
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March 17, 2001 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The father of Charles Andrew Williams said Friday that he is still looking for answers to explain the March 5 campus shooting that traumatized the town of Santee. Known to family and friends as Andy, the 15-year-old boy is accused of killing Randy Gordon, 17, and Bryan Zuckor, 14, and wounding 13 other students and staff members at Santana High School in a shooting that focused international attention on the San Diego suburb.
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March 14, 2001 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The teenager suspected in last week's fatal shooting rampage at a Santee high school told investigators he planned to kill himself afterward but that officers arrived before he could do so, according to a court document. During questioning after the campus shooting rampage, Charles Andrew Williams told San Diego County sheriff's detectives that he was unhappy at school and angry because he had been disciplined for tardiness several times, according to the document.
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