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June 22, 1994 | Associated Press
A man accused of plotting the murder of his wealthy in-laws pleaded no contest Monday and was immediately sentenced to two consecutive terms of 26 years to life in prison. Charles Robert LeGros, 47, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, was charged with offering two men $750,000 to kill Jack and Carmen Hively, his wife's mother and stepfather. The Hivelys were found shot to death execution-style Oct. 6, 1987. "We got all we wanted," Santa Barbara County Dist. Atty.
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October 30, 2001 | SUE FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An attorney for Ryan Hoyt, who is accused of machine-gunning a 15-year-old West Hills boy to death, told jurors Monday that her client lied to protect his friends when he confessed. Defense attorney Cheri Owen made the assertion during her opening statement in Hoyt's capital murder trial. It is the first of four trials set for defendants in the killing of Nicholas Markowitz.
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August 19, 2000 | MITCHELL LANDSBERG and SUE FOX and DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Hundreds of mourners came to a sun-glazed hillside Friday to bury 15-year-old Nicholas Markowitz and listen to the words of the rabbi: "There are deaths such as this when we can't shake an angry finger at God and say, 'Why?' We can only look to ourselves." Rabbi James Lee Kaufman seemed to get to the heart of a mystery that police consider solved--one suspect has confessed--but that no one may ever truly comprehend.
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July 13, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A Santa Barbara court hearing for an Oxnard man fighting to overturn his 1997 murder conviction is being delayed three weeks to give prosecutors time to obtain results of DNA tests. Efren Cruz, 26, was found guilty of murder and related charges in a gang-related shooting at a downtown Santa Barbara parking lot in January 1997. Cruz is challenging that conviction, which was based on a secretly taped jailhouse confession obtained from another suspect.
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July 13, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A Santa Barbara court hearing for an Oxnard man fighting to overturn his 1997 murder conviction is being delayed three weeks to give prosecutors time to obtain results of DNA tests. Efren Cruz, 26, was found guilty of murder and related charges in a gang-related shooting at a downtown Santa Barbara parking lot in January 1997. Cruz is challenging that conviction, which was based on a secretly taped jailhouse confession obtained from another suspect.
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August 18, 2000 | SUE FOX and ZANTO PEABODY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Eight years ago, the four of them played together as boys on the fields of the Westhills Baseball league. Now three of them are in custody in the kidnapping and execution of a 15-year-old. And the fourth, Jesse James Hollywood, is wanted in the same case. The victim's older brother--who detectives said owed drug money to one of the suspects--also played for the league at the same time.
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August 19, 2000 | MITCHELL LANDSBERG and SUE FOX and DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Hundreds of mourners came to a sun-glazed hillside Friday to bury 15-year-old Nicholas Markowitz and listen to the words of the rabbi: "There are deaths, such as this, when we can't shake an angry finger at God and say, 'Why?' We can only look to ourselves." Rabbi James Lee Kaufman seemed to get to the heart of a mystery that police consider solved--one suspect has confessed--but that no one may ever truly comprehend.
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April 30, 1991 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
The state Supreme Court on Monday widened the use of statements patients make to their psychotherapists, ruling that a threat to harm may be presented as evidence in court to help convict the patient of a crime. In what a state prosecutor called a "major victory," the justices, by a vote of 4 to 3, upheld the death sentence of George Herbert Wharton for the murder of Linda Smith in Santa Barbara in 1986.
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March 4, 2001 | JOE MOZINGO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Arianna Paine's partying in this community next to UC Santa Barbara came to an end the night she swigged half a bottle of Southern Comfort and fell off a 35-foot seaside cliff. Lying face down in the sand, with a swarm of tiny sand crabs jumping all over her, the 18-year-old quickly regained consciousness with the shooting pain of a broken leg, pelvis and tailbone.
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October 30, 2001 | SUE FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An attorney for Ryan Hoyt, who is accused of machine-gunning a 15-year-old West Hills boy to death, told jurors Monday that her client lied to protect his friends when he confessed. Defense attorney Cheri Owen made the assertion during her opening statement in Hoyt's capital murder trial. It is the first of four trials set for defendants in the killing of Nicholas Markowitz.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2001 | JOE MOZINGO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Arianna Paine's partying in this community next to UC Santa Barbara came to an end the night she swigged half a bottle of Southern Comfort and fell off a 35-foot seaside cliff. Lying face down in the sand, with a swarm of tiny sand crabs jumping all over her, the 18-year-old quickly regained consciousness with the shooting pain of a broken leg, pelvis and tailbone.
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August 24, 2000 | GREG RISLING
Investigators searched a Santa Barbara house where they believe a 15-year-old West Hills boy, who was kidnapped and later killed, was kept for six hours after his disappearance, authorities said Wednesday. Santa Barbara County sheriff's detectives learned that 15-year-old Nicholas Markowitz was first taken to the house in the 2100 block of Modoc Road on Aug. 6, after he vanished from his West Hills home.
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August 19, 2000 | MITCHELL LANDSBERG and SUE FOX and DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Hundreds of mourners came to a sun-glazed hillside Friday to bury 15-year-old Nicholas Markowitz and listen to the words of the rabbi: "There are deaths, such as this, when we can't shake an angry finger at God and say, 'Why?' We can only look to ourselves." Rabbi James Lee Kaufman seemed to get to the heart of a mystery that police consider solved--one suspect has confessed--but that no one may ever truly comprehend.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2000 | MITCHELL LANDSBERG and SUE FOX and DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Hundreds of mourners came to a sun-glazed hillside Friday to bury 15-year-old Nicholas Markowitz and listen to the words of the rabbi: "There are deaths such as this when we can't shake an angry finger at God and say, 'Why?' We can only look to ourselves." Rabbi James Lee Kaufman seemed to get to the heart of a mystery that police consider solved--one suspect has confessed--but that no one may ever truly comprehend.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 2000 | SUE FOX and ZANTO PEABODY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Eight years ago, the four of them played together as boys on the fields of the Westhills Baseball league. Now three of them are in custody in the kidnapping and execution of a 15-year-old. And the fourth, Jesse James Hollywood, is wanted in the same case. The victim's older brother--who detectives said owed drug money to one of the suspects--also played for the league at the same time.
NEWS
June 22, 1994 | Associated Press
A man accused of plotting the murder of his wealthy in-laws pleaded no contest Monday and was immediately sentenced to two consecutive terms of 26 years to life in prison. Charles Robert LeGros, 47, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, was charged with offering two men $750,000 to kill Jack and Carmen Hively, his wife's mother and stepfather. The Hivelys were found shot to death execution-style Oct. 6, 1987. "We got all we wanted," Santa Barbara County Dist. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2000 | GREG RISLING
Investigators searched a Santa Barbara house where they believe a 15-year-old West Hills boy, who was kidnapped and later killed, was kept for six hours after his disappearance, authorities said Wednesday. Santa Barbara County sheriff's detectives learned that 15-year-old Nicholas Markowitz was first taken to the house in the 2100 block of Modoc Road on Aug. 6, after he vanished from his West Hills home.
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June 15, 2011 | By Andrew Blankstein and Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
Nearly 50 years ago, a 7-year-old girl named Ramona Price took a Saturday morning stroll down a quiet lane on the outskirts of Santa Barbara. She never returned — and now police think she may have encountered Mack Ray Edwards, a heavy-equipment operator who is believed to have killed as many as 20 children before he confessed to six murders and hanged himself in his San Quentin prison cell in 1972. On Wednesday, cadaver dogs will scour the area around a bridge spanning the 101 Freeway at Winchester Canyon Road.
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April 30, 1991 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
The state Supreme Court on Monday widened the use of statements patients make to their psychotherapists, ruling that a threat to harm may be presented as evidence in court to help convict the patient of a crime. In what a state prosecutor called a "major victory," the justices, by a vote of 4 to 3, upheld the death sentence of George Herbert Wharton for the murder of Linda Smith in Santa Barbara in 1986.
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